Seattle, Wash. (Aug. 25, 2011) — Safeco Insurance has named Ellen Snell a Community Hero for her work with the Arkansas City Area Arts Council, which will receive a $5,000 donation from Safeco on behalf of Snell and the United Agency, Inc., Arkansas City, KS.
Snell was nominated for the Safeco Community Hero award by Stephen Ross, president, of United Agency, Inc.
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 Ellen, who share their gifts for giving and action,” said Brenda Mann Harrison, manager, Safeco Insurance Agent Giving Program. “We also thank the United Agency for nominating Ellen and its commitment to community involvement.”
Snell, the executive director of Arkansas City Area Arts Council, focuses on making year-round quality arts programming available to residents of every age in her small Kansas community.
Of all the residents served, at-risk youth is a priority. The council helps supports a seven-month after-school program built around original dance, visual art, music and theater, incorporated into a performance by 323 students. Performances are based on Kansas heroes such as Amelia Earhart and the concept that "This Could Be Me."
The council's professionally developed curriculum is based on state and national arts standards. Educational programs stimulate creative thinking, decision-making and leadership skills. They also help participants more fully appreciate art, artists—and each other. Programs are accessible regardless of a person's physical limitations. There are even programs for infants. The Arts Council also reaches out to nearby Chautauqua and Sumner counties, which have no arts services, sponsoring short summer programs. The Arts Council recently acquired and currently is renovating a historic theater and commercial building in Arkansas City's historic downtown area. The first of its kind in the community, the venue fosters volunteerism and creates a space that stimulates traffic in the rural downtown area.
You can help Snell do more for the Arkansas City Area Arts Council – 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.
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Brenda Mann Harrison