Safeco Insurance™ recognizes Sarah Hemminger as a Community Hero

Seattle, Wash. (Aug. 22, 2011) — Safeco Insurance has named Sarah Hemminger a Community Hero for her work with the Incentive Mentoring Program, which will receive a $5,000 donation from Safeco on behalf of Hemminger and the American Heritage Insurance Agency, Inc., Eldersburg, Md.

Hemminger was nominated for the Safeco Community Hero award by Heather B. Zoller, president, of American Heritage Insurance 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 Sarah, who share their gifts for giving and action,” said Brenda Mann Harrison, manager, Safeco Insurance Agent Giving Program. “We also thank the American Heritage Insurance Agency for nominating Sarah and its commitment to community involvement.”

In 2004, Hemminger, with her husband Ryan, co-founded the Incentive Mentoring Program (IMP) – a community of high school students and university- and community-based volunteers working together toward mutual growth. IMP enrolls high school students during their freshman year, scouting out those who are failing to meet minimal academic requirements and have been recommended by the school administration because of challenges that they face outside of the classroom.

The organization’s core values include putting others before oneself, never giving up, adapting to circumstances, maintaining humility, family, and learning from others. Inner city students who live in very challenging circumstances are improving their grades so they can graduate from high school and be on track to attend college. They also work in monthly community-based service projects, primarily in Baltimore City, but also beyond U.S. borders, learning how to effect change for others' lives as well as their own.

Currently, only 41.5 percent of Baltimore's students earn high school diplomas. Hemminger, joined by three staff members, more than 400 volunteers and 79 students, is working to change that. In 2007, 100% of Sarah’s first group of students not only graduated from high school, but they were also were accepted and began programs at various colleges and universities around the country. To date, 97% of IMP mentored students have graduated from high school on time and 94% have started college degree programs.

Help a local hero do more

You can help Hemminger do more for Incentive Mentoring Program – 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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