Hitting the Streets for MLK Day of Service

Tennessee Claims Employees Sharon Brock (middle) and Cambi McLain-Johns (second from right) were joined by friends and family members Savannah France, Travis Brock and Abigail McLain to volunteer for Fire Prevention Day in Knoxville, Jan. 19.

Feb. 25, 2013 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?’”

This year, Employees from ERIE’s Tennessee offices answered that question by collaborating with the American Red Cross, East Tennessee Region, for Fire Prevention MLK Days, Jan. 18–21. Employees from the Nashville and Knoxville offices contributed their time in support of King’s message.

The objective of the weekend event was to raise fire prevention and safety awareness within the community of Knoxville. Eleven Employees and family members spent the afternoon of Jan. 19 distributing Red Cross fire prevention materials and ERIE’s Fire Safety Tips Coloring Book.

One group, led by Claims Clerical Supervisor Jeannine Henney, visited more than 200 homes in high-risk neighborhoods, as identified by the Knoxville Fire Department. Liability Adjuster Shrean Fawcett chose to distribute materials closer to home by going door-to-door in her own neighborhood, while District Sales Manager Rob Kepperling put together goody bags with door hangers and coloring books and distributed them at his son’s daycare.

Tennessee Employees also talked to people about safety and prevention measures such as smoke detectors, having an evacuation plan and establishing an emergency meeting place.

“It was very rewarding to meet people and provide this service,” Henney said. “When we met a resident who spoke only Spanish, we were able to flip the materials over to the Spanish translation and provide him with information that could make a real difference.”

ERIE was the sole insurance sponsor of Fire Prevention Day, contributing funds that helped provide t-shirts, fire prevention materials and training for volunteers. It was an inaugural event the American Red Cross of East Tennessee intends to continue next year.