BALTIMORE — Baltimore-area Allstate agency owners are coming together to host a supply drive to benefit Hopeworks of Howard County. The donations will support the nonprofit’s mission to provide critical services to people in Howard County affected by domestic violence, sexual assault and sexual abuse and engage the community in creating the change required for prevention. The supply drive is part of a multi-state Allstate Foundation Purple Purse® donation effort that will benefit domestic violence nonprofits throughout Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C. and West Virginia.
Now through December 11, 2017, the public can participate by donating gift cards, furniture, kitchen appliances and cookware, cleaning supplies and other household items. A complete list of most-needed supplies can be found here: bit.ly/AllstateFoundationColumbia.
Through their volunteer efforts, each participating Allstate agency owner will secure a $1,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands® grant. The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) will accept the grants and distribute the funding to local domestic violence nonprofits. The dates of the donation drives align with the 16 days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign, which NNEDV supports.
“As small business owners and community leaders, these Allstate agency owners see firsthand the opportunities and challenges facing the communities they serve,” said Capital Region Allstate spokesperson, Caitlyn Barron. “Giving back is core to who they are as agency owners, which is why they’re proud to volunteer and raise funds to support survivors of domestic violence and their families across the Baltimore area.”
Items are being collected at the following local Allstate locations:
•David Johnson: 5305 Village Center Drive, Suite 201, in Columbia
•Colleen Wagschal: 9051 Red Branch Road, Suite J, in Columbia
The National Network to End Domestic Violence and Hopeworks of Howard County are among thousands of organizations this year to receive Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grants secured by Allstate agency owners and financial specialists for their volunteer efforts. The grants support organizations addressing domestic violence, youth empowerment, disaster preparedness, hunger and other causes.
The Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grants are one example of The Allstate Foundation’s legacy of service and giving for communities and nonprofits across the U.S. Each October, domestic violence nonprofits across the country participate in the Purple Purse Challenge to raise funds for financial empowerment programs for domestic violence survivors. This year, more than 220 domestic violence nonprofits participated. Along with the Allstate Foundation grants awarded, more than $4.18 million was raised during the Purple Purse Challenge.
To learn more and donate, visit PurplePurse.com.