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In 2012, the Fund was reorganized as a 501(c)3 charitable organization and renamed CARE2 Fund at USLI Inc. This allows donors to the CARE2 Fund to receive a charitable deduction for their contributions.
The CARE2 Fund was established to give members of the USLI community the opportunity to request donations to charities or causes to which they have a personal connection. In 2012, we donated $40,000 to 84 causes. Support for these donations comes from the Company, our annual community fundraisers, proceeds from sales of CARE2 Wear Gear, and contributions from community members and customers.
In 2012, the mission of the CARE2 Fund at USLI Inc. was expanded. The Fund now also serves as a portal for funds raised from the community to support causes selected specifically by the Company. This allows our community members to receive receipts for their charitable contributions. So far in 2013, with the help of our customers, we donated $22,833 to the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy, $11,250 to the volunteer fire company in West, Texas that lost four of its volunteers and more than $34,000 to help rebuild the schools in Moore, Oklahoma after the tornado.
Cristo Rey High School
USLI began working with Cristo Rey in 2012 to assist with its start-up efforts. Opening its doors in September 2012 to 125 ninth graders, this Philadelphia college-preparatory school provides a Catholic education to underprivileged high school students. The mission of Cristo Rey is to combine education with corporate work experience to set students up for success in college and the working world. USLI hosted four freshmen during the 2012-2013 school year who rotate one day of work each per week throughout the year. The wages the students earn will go directly toward the cost of their education. This real job experience is an invaluable asset our people can provide to these students to take with them in preparation for their post-high school experiences. We also assisted in developing Cristo Rey’s fitness center and designing the artwork for the bus that transports students to and from work and other outings. Watch and learn more...
Vanguard Vocational Program
Since 2005, we have partnered with the Vanguard School in Paoli, PA. as part of its Community Vocational Program. Vanguard serves children with Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome. Students from the program come to our company two days per week for job training and coaching. Each student is assigned a coach and an assistant coach to guide them during their time here. The majority of our students have gone on to attend college or have secured gainful employment. Our coaches report having a lot of personal satisfaction from working with the students and helping them overcome the obstacles that might have prevented them from obtaining employment.
La Salle Academy Endowment Fund
Over the course of the past five years USLI, USLI Community members along with Tom and Jill Nerney have raised and donated $1.7 million dollars to La Salle Academy. The money raised is the start of a long term sustainability plan which will allow La Salle Academy to continue their efforts well into the future. La Salle Academy is dedicated to educating children in grades 3 through 8 whose potential is limited by financial, social, academic, or emotional challenges, and whose parents desire, but cannot afford, a Catholic education.
La Salle Mentoring Program
In 2011, we began a mentoring program with the 5th grade students at La Salle Academy in Philadelphia. There are 15 children in the program, and each child is assigned two mentors. The group meets at our office in Wayne, Pa., and volunteers are given time off of work to be in the program. The program has a large fitness component to help the kids be more active and make healthier food choices, but the main focus is on bonding and forming strong relationships between mentor and mentee. Our goal is to mentor the students into high school and hopefully beyond. We're adding another 15 students to the program in the fall of 2013.
Kilimanjaro Climb & Kujali International
In August of 2011, 2012 and 2013, several members of our community and several of our customers traveled to Tanzania, Africa to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. USLI donated $10,000 per climber to Kujali International. Kujali International is a public charity and partners with local communities to help establish free and low-cost private schools that provide orphaned and vulnerable youth with the tools, resources and opportunities to overcome poverty and become agents of change in their communities. Our community members toured the school and spent time with the students before embarking on the climb. Another group of USLI people and customers will be going on the trip in August 2013.
We have partnered with the U.N. Foundation’s Nothing but Nets campaign since 2006. Nothing but Nets provides bed nets for families in Africa; each bed net protects a family of four from malaria for over two years. Malaria is particularly devastating in Africa, where it is a leading killer of children. In fact, there are 10 new cases of malaria every second. Every 60 seconds, a child in Africa dies from a malaria infection.
On a closer front, we also raise funds for breastcancer.org located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Breastcancer.org is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing the most reliable, complete and up-to-date information about breast cancer. Over the years, we have organized fundraising events such as Bake for Pink, a kickboxing class, a jewelry sale and more.
Every year, our company hosts four blood drives in conjunction with the Red Cross. The drives are held at our facility between the hours of 7 a.m. and 12 p.m., and employees are given the time necessary to make a donation during the work day.
Each year we participate in the American Cancer Society’s Daffodil Days to help fund cancer research. The daffodils are delivered on the first day of spring.
USLI has participated in the Reading STARS program since the 2007-2008 school year. Reading STARS is a phonics-based program geared toward children that are not reading at grade level. For the past five years, our partner school has been John Jenks Elementary.
Children's Holiday Party
Each year we host a Holiday Party for the children of our employees. We also invite children from La Salle Academy, John Jenks Elementary (our Reading STARS school) and Philadelphia Travelers Aid Society. Each child is provided with a host, and the responsibilities of the host are to make the child feel welcome, show them around to the different activities and buy the child a gift that they will receive from Santa.
This annual event gives children the opportunity to participate in a variety of educational events with guest speakers while having a great time and learning about the insurance industry. Participants include children in our community, as well as those children active in our service program with La Salle Academy and our Reading STARS students.