Congrats to QBE Insurance for being honored as an outstanding community volunteers!
Team Members: Tracy McGrade, Nicole Chen, Raymond Padilla, Jenn Kobata, Todd Newton, Traci Shostrom, Brian Godzisz, Jeanne Vergilio, Salvador Zavala, Cathy Davis, Amy Sandusky, Ben Herrera, Destiny Mellin, Pam Smith, Rose Reynolds, Katie Gold, Tootie Yee, Luisa Mondaca, Leeanne Coertsen, Victor Rodriguez, Greg Kleiman, Mary Buendia, Eric Wurmser, Joanie Canzone, Auerlio Cerda, Darcy De Castro, Rachel Sanabria, Lucky Navarro, and Lori Irving
Nominating Organization: Children’s Bureau of Southern California
Honoree Category: Human & Community
Why Nominated: Children’s Bureau would like to nominate Lori Irving and her team at QBE for the 2014 Spirit of Volunteerism Award. For several years QBE employees have been supporting Children’s Bureau in a variety of ways. As a company they have financially contributed to the organization, volunteered at various Children’s Bureau events, and have conducted in-house fundraisers for specific Children’s Bureau programs.
Lori Irving, as team leader of QBE, currently serves as a Trustee for Children’s Bureau’s Orange County Board and recently served on the planning committee for our OC summer fundraiser, Clambake. QBE has not only sponsored this event each year, but they have volunteered at it as well. When we needed help with supplies for our Spring Baby Shower event, QBE employees quickly organized an in-office Nacho Day. They sold $725 worth of nachos that day for Children’s Bureau. In addition, for the past two years QBE has sponsored our annual holiday event, OC Toy Shoppe. Every year QBE transforms our Oak View Family Resource Center into Santa’s workshop. Volunteers come dressed as elves, decorate the gymnasium, bring all the gifts (donated by QBE employees) and setup the workshop. Families are able to pick out toys, wrap their gifts, participate in holiday crafts and end the day with a catered lunch. All activities are interactive whereby volunteers have a direct contact with our families. Most QBE volunteers were bilingual which helped make our families feel welcomed and excited about the day’s activities.
Each year QBE has not only increased the amount of families they serve, but also have recruited more volunteers to participate. Oak View Family Resource Center’s staff sincerely appreciates QBE’s volunteers because without their staffing effort and time, this event would not be possible.
Whenever needed, QBE has stepped up to the plate for Children’s Bureau. They truly believe in our mission to help build stronger families and communities. QBE has set the bar high when it comes to volunteering and it would be difficult to replicate.
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