Safeco Insurance™ recognizes John Kerle as a Community Hero

Seattle, Wash. (Aug. 25, 2011) — Safeco Insurance has named John Kerle a Community Hero for his work with Charitable Deeds and Services, which will receive a $2,000 donation from Safeco on behalf of Kerle and Burns and Burns Assoc., Inc., Clarion, Pa.

Kerle was nominated for the Safeco Community Hero award by Carla J. Magrini, marketing representative, of Kerle and Burns and Burns Assoc., 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 John, who share their gifts for giving and action,” said Brenda Mann Harrison, manager, Safeco Insurance Agent Giving Program. “We also thank the Kerle and Burns and Burns Assoc., Inc. for nominating John and its commitment to community involvement.”

Kerle and his daughter-in-law, Lisa Kerle, created Charitable Deeds and Services in 2002; their goal was to make sure everyone in need had a place to turn for help. Clients' circumstances may be caused by job loss, extended illness or other unforeseen, uncontrollable circumstance.

The Knox, Pa. organization, which has raised an estimated $1 million since it opened its doors, provides financial and other assistance to struggling residents of Clarion, Venango and Forest counties and surrounding areas. Charitable Deeds and Services volunteers help clients attain free clothing, furniture, appliances, food and other basic necessities. Additionally, the organization helps clients who can't pay gas, electric, water and other utility bills.

Volunteers also visit shut-ins; assist with chores for the sick and elderly; connect people with resources specific to their needs; sponsor community activities for adults and children; and organize prayer chains. They value networking with other charitable groups, too, and help organize fund-raisers for many such local organizations.

Help a local hero do more

You can help Kerle do more for Charitable Deeds and Services – 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.

About Safeco Insurance

In business since 1923 and based in Boston, Mass., Safeco Insurance sells personal automobile, homeowners and specialty products through a network of more than 10,000 independent insurance agencies throughout the United States. Safeco is a Liberty Mutual Insurance company.

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