Safeco Insurance™ recognizes Mary Ferrell as a Community Hero

Seattle, Wash. – (April 28, 2011) – Safeco Insurance has named Mary Ferrell a Community Hero for her work with The Maslow Project, which will receive a $5,000 donation from Safeco on behalf of Ferrell and Western States Insurance, Medford, Ore.

Ferrell was nominated for the Safeco Community Hero award by Reggie Jones, producer, of Western States Insurance.

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 Mary, who share their gifts for giving and action,” said Brenda Mann Harrison, manager, Safeco Insurance Agent Giving Program. “We also thank Western States Insurance for nominating Mary and its commitment to community involvement.”

Seven years ago, Ferrell founded The Maslow Project, a nationally recognized outreach and resource center that works with families, schools and social service agencies to break down barriers that homeless and troubled youth face. The Maslow Project actively seeks out at-risk children who otherwise may fall through the cracks.

As the executive director, Ferrell works with local schools to identify homeless children in Oregon's Jackson County. Jackson County has the second-highest number of homeless and at-risk children in the state: an estimated 2,000. The organization's name and purpose are inspired by Abraham Maslow’s pyramid-shaped Hierarchy of Needs. Basic needs come first: food, water, shelter and clothing. Additional support services such as education, counseling, mentoring, tutoring and job skills follow.

Maslow Project staffers first ensure children have access to food, hygiene supplies, clothing and shoes. In addition to providing mentoring groups, the next step is to facilitate access to community partners that provide educational, employment and personal development programs. The Maslow Project is a goal-oriented program that strives to help young people become self-sufficient and develop essential life skills.

Help a local hero do more

You can help Ferrell do more for The Maslow Project 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.

Boston-based Liberty Mutual Insurance is a diversified global insurer and the third largest property and casualty insurer in the U.S. based on 2012 direct premiums written as reported by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Liberty Mutual Insurance also ranks 81st on the Fortune 100 list of largest U.S. corporations, based on 2012 revenue.

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