Seattle, Wash. (Aug. 24, 2011) — Safeco Insurance has named Drew Myers a Community Hero for his work with the Presbyterian Night Shelter (PNS) of Tarrant County, Fort Worth, Texas which will receive a $2,000 donation from Safeco on behalf of Myers and the English Insurance Group of Dallas, Texas.
Myers was nominated for the Safeco Community Hero award by Brian Hatton, Vice President, of the English Insurance Group.
Each year Safeco celebrates local heroes who make a positive difference through its Agent Giving Program that’s designed to focus on three areas: education, health and safety, and civic engagement.
“Safeco applauds community heroes, like Drew, who share their gifts for giving and action,” said Brenda Mann Harrison, manager, Safeco Insurance Agent Giving Program. “We also thank the English Insurance Group for nominating Drew and its commitment to community involvement.”
Presbyterian Night Shelter (PNS) of Tarrant County, Fort Worth, Texas provides services to the area's homeless population. Over six consecutive weeks, Myers met with kids living in the shelter as part of the Super Bowl’s SLANT 45 initiative. His efforts were the genesis of "The Giving Back Team," designed to encourage homeless children to use their circumstances as a springboard for helping others.
Myers's goal: Show that good things happen to people who do something for others. How did he do it? He had children help renovate a local dog park and raise awareness about abandoned and neglected animals. Members selected to be on “The Giving Back Team” were children Myers thought no one else would ask to get involved.
PNS, which dates to 1984, provides food, shelter, basic human care, and life-skills and work therapy programs to the area's citizens who have no place to call home. It provides a place of trust, respect and caring for homeless people. Three of its four shelters are specifically for women and children, veterans, and the infirm. PNS operates 365 days a year and is the community's only free shelter that has no restriction on length of stay. Tarrant County estimates that 4,000 people have no homes. Three-fourths of them benefit from services from PNC each year.
You can help Myers do more for PNS – or any of the other Safeco Community Heroes – by participating in the “Vote for your favorite Safeco Community Hero” online event.
Take a look at the inspiring stories and photos of all the Safeco Community Heroes, then vote for your favorite one. The charity supported by the Safeco Community Hero receiving the most votes will get an additional $5,000 check from Safeco Insurance!
You can vote once per day until the contest ends 11 p.m. PDT, Aug. 29. You may vote only if you are age 13 or older.
In business since 1923 and based in Seattle, Washington, Safeco sells insurance to drivers and homeowners through a network of independent agents throughout the United States.
Safeco is a Liberty Mutual Insurance company. Liberty Mutual ranks 81st on the Fortune 100 list of the largest U.S. corporations based on 2012 revenue. The company has financial strength ratings of A (Excellent) from the A.M. Best Company, A2 (Good) from Moody’s Investors Service, and A- (Strong) from Standard & Poor’s.
Brenda Mann Harrison