“Giving back is core to who we are, which is why we’re proud to volunteer and raise funds to improve the lives of people.”

Seven Ascension Parish Allstate agency owners and licensed sales professionals contributed to a grant for Junior Achievement of Greater Baton Rouge and Acadiana. Twenty-three agents total helped secure the Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grant for a combined award of $18,000 to Junior Achievement. The nonprofit works to show elementary, middle, and high school students the role education can play in their lives.

The agency owners and sales representatives earned money for the nonprofit by volunteering at the Junior Achievement crawfish boil fundraising contest. The organization will use the $18,000 grant to promote financial literacy and work readiness programs for 525 students.

“As small business owners and community leaders, Allstate agency owners and licensed sales professionals see firsthand the opportunities and challenges facing the communities they serve,” said Cynthia Whitfield, Allstate field senior vice president. “Giving back is core to who we are, which is why we’re proud to volunteer and raise funds to improve the lives of people.”

The participants are among thousands of Allstate employees around the country working to improve their communities by volunteering. Participants who contributed in Ascension Parish include Ted Boland, Stephanie Caragliano, Michelle Goudeau, Robin Marshall, Tony Goudeau, and Trisha Goudeau in Gonzales, as well as Todd Sanford in Prairieville.

Junior Achievement is one of thousands of organizations to receive the Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grant this year. Since it was founded in 1952, Allstate has contributed more than $400 million to community nonprofits. In 2016 alone, Allstate donated nearly $19 million in grants to nonprofits and over $25 million to charitable causes. The grants support organizations that address domestic violence, youth empowerment, disaster preparedness, hunger, and other causes.

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