Last month, readers were offered the opportunity to vote on Facebook for Harford County’s SARC organization to win money in Liberty Mutual Insurance’s “Like My Community” project. Yesterday, Liberty Mutual announced that SARC was one of six area non-profit causes which earned the most votes. SARC will receive $30,000 to help provide victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, and child abuse with crisis intervention services, counseling for children and adults, legal representation and advocacy, and a safe place to lay their heads while they work to heal. Here are the details:
Liberty Mutual Insurance Contributes More Than $100,000 to Baltimore Non-Profit Causes Through Second ‘Like My CommunityTM’ Project
Six Local Causes to Use Like My Community Funds to Benefit Baltimore Residents
Baltimore (August 27, 2012) – Liberty Mutual Insurance, one of the nation’s leading auto and home insurers with four greater Baltimore offices, today awarded more than $100,000 to six local Baltimore non-profit causes through the ‘Like My CommunityTM Project’, a Facebook-based campaign. Baltimore residents supported these causes by casting more than 42,000 votes on Facebook and through mobile texts.
The three top-voted causes were Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation, Kennedy Krieger Institute and SARC (Safety, Awareness, Resources, Change). Each received $30,000 from Liberty Mutual Insurance, with Believe in Tomorrow Children’s Foundation and Kennedy Krieger Institute earning additional funds ($4,000 and $1,000, respectively) for generating the most votes on designated incentive days during the campaign.
Liberty Mutual Insurance also awarded the three runner-up causes with $3,500 each to support their missions. The runners-up include Baltimore Child Abuse Center, Heal a Woman to Heal a Nation and St. Ambrose Housing Aid Center.
Through Like My Community, local Liberty Mutual Insurance branch offices nominated the six causes and then asked local residents to vote for their favorite cause from June 25 through August 20. This marks the second year Liberty Mutual Insurance has hosted the Like My Community Project in Baltimore, as well as in the Milwaukee and Dallas-Fort Worth communities. Over the two years, the Like My Community Project has now contributed more than $600,000 to more than 40 local non-profit causes in these cities.
“Like My Community has shined a spotlight on the inspiring work these causes do in our community every day,” said David Johnson, area manager for Liberty Mutual Insurance, the nation’s eighth-largest auto and home insurer. “We are inspired by the passionate support local residents have exuded to help us provide funding that will be put to great use throughout our community.”
Each of the winning non-profit causes plans to use the Like My Community funds to make a real difference in greater Baltimore:
- Believe in Tomorrow’s Children Foundation: The $34,000 will support kitchen renovations for families at the Believe In Tomorrow Children’s House located at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center. The center provides more than 2,000 monthly accommodations to families of children receiving treatment at the Center. Additionally, the incentive funds received from the campaign will be used to build an elevator for children and families staying at the Believe In Tomorrow House By The Sea, one of our beach respite facilities located in Ocean City, Md. “The Liberty Mutual Like My Community program was an amazing experience that will make a very positive and lasting impact on the Believe In Tomorrow Children’s Foundation and the many critically ill children and families we serve,” said Brian Morrison, founder and CEO.
- Kennedy Krieger Institute: The organization will use the $31,000 to help children with special needs find loving foster homes, play adaptive sports and receive free legal services. “Liberty Mutual gave us a truly unique opportunity to not only earn critically needed funds for our programs, but also to feel the support of so many in the Baltimore community who rallied behind us with thousands of votes,” said Lainy LeBow-Sachs, executive vice president.
- SARC (Safety, Awareness, Resources, Change): The organization will use the $30,000 to help provide victims of domestic violence, sexual violence, stalking, and child abuse with crisis intervention services, counseling for children and adults, legal representation and advocacy, and a safe place to lay their heads while they work to heal. “The response to the Like My Community campaign has been overwhelming,” says Luisa Caiazzo-Nutter, executive director. “The support that the community has given is key in allowing us to provide these vital services and will remind every victim who feels alone that there are caring people who want them to be free from violence.”
About Liberty Mutual Insurance
“Helping people live safer, more secure lives” since 1912, Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance is a diversified global insurer and the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based 2011 net premium written as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Liberty Mutual Insurance also ranks 84th on the Fortune 100 list of largest U.S. corporations, based on 2011 revenue. The company employs over 45,000 people in more than 900 offices throughout the world.
The eighth-largest auto and home insurer in the U.S., Liberty Mutual Insurance (libertymutual.com) sells full lines of coverage for automobile, homeowners, valuable possessions, personal liability, and individual life insurance. The company is an industry leader in affinity partnerships, offering car and home insurance to employees and members of nearly 14,000 companies, credit unions, professional associations and alumni groups.