Safeco Insurance™ recognizes Peter Sanchez as a Community Hero

Seattle, Wash. (Aug. 24, 2011) — Safeco Insurance has named Peter Sanchez a Community Hero for his work with MESA, San Jose State University, which will receive a $5,000 donation from Safeco on behalf of Sanchez and Parenti & Assoc. Ins. Brokers, San Carlos, Calif.

Sanchez was nominated for the Safeco Community Hero award by Mimi Hernandez, personal lines account manager, of Parenti & Assoc. Ins. Brokers.

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 Peter, who share their gifts for giving and action,” said Brenda Mann Harrison, manager, Safeco Insurance Agent Giving Program. “We also thank Parenti & Assoc. Ins. Brokers for nominating Peter and its commitment to community involvement.”

Sanchez has a passion—and a lifelong reputation—for community service. Leading by example, he works toward developing future community leaders. For the past 11 years, 5th- through 12th-graders have benefited from Sanchez's efforts with San Jose State University's Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA) Schools Program, which helps educationally disadvantaged students in Santa Clara County, Calif.

Sanchez works in classroom settings to prepare students for college and careers in the business, math, science and engineering industries. He encourages students to innovate, work in teams, think outside the box, find solutions to problems and share what they learn with classroom peers. He participates in MESA Day at San Jose State University, regional student competition events and also serves on the MESA Advisory Board.

MESA provides academic advising, group study, test preparation, study centers, orientation classes, industry and university field trips, career exploration and more. Founded in 1970, MESA is one of the oldest and most successful programs of its kind in the United States.

In addition to the MESA program, Sanchez serves other local organizations, including: Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers-Silicon Valley , Mexican American Engineers and Scientists, San Jose Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, California Hispanic Professional Association and Latino Business Student Association at San Jose State University.

Help a local hero do more

You can help Sanchez do more for MESA – 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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