Allstate Canada Group and its employees care deeply about the wellbeing of people and organizations across Canada, and we are proud to support them as they give back to their communities.
Although the current pandemic has not always allowed our employees to volunteer in a traditional manner, many have decided to get creative. These Big Small Acts of Kindness are examples of simple things that many people can do and might make a big impact for those in need. As an example, here is the story of one of our employees:
Name of Employee: Tammy Revie
Job Title: Agency Manager, Colllingwood, Keswick & Orillia
Number of Years at Allstate Canada Group of Companies: 2
Charity/Organization Supported: Local businesses
- Tell us the story of how you started working with this business (i.e. what was it that got you to reach out to them and help them with their social media capabilities). In our small town when we see a new business open, we often worry about its longevity due to how hard it is to stay afloat in a small town – even without COVID. When I went into a local café, I asked about their social media capabilities. They already had a Facebook page but they did not have a regular cadence of posting. We spoke about how to set up daily posts of their specials using a scheduler and how to make posts shareable to allow others to spread their message, and also how to post in the local groups like “What’s happening Cookstown”. They also started offering local delivery and by setting up Facebook Business Suite on her phone, they could now quickly respond to order requests rather than having to stop to take phone calls.
- Why are you passionate about this cause? I see the power of social media and how it can help so many businesses survive and be flexible in their offerings and I love all things digital so it just rather fell together.
- What does volunteerism mean to you? Volunteerism is important to give back to your community and support other business reach their goals. It’s very rewarding to see someone become even more successful with just a very small amount of support.
- How has your volunteerism adapted to COVID? Through my volunteerism, I was able to work with my team members to encourage them to adapt to our current climate by supporting local charities virtually, sitting on their committees, and promoting fundraising campaigns. An example is one of our agents, Brittany Lee-Elliott, who volunteers with the Georgina Hospice at their monthly virtual meetings and helps with fundraising by supporting their “Chase the Ace” program and the spring Pansy fundraiser.
- What advice would you give to people looking to volunteer but don’t know how to get started? Decide what is important to you and how you want to make a difference. You have to be passionate about the cause or the organization in order to stay engaged. Then, figure out how you can give back. Do you love helping seniors? Shovel their driveway or cut their grass. Do you have a passion to help underprivileged children – contact your local school to see how you can help. Ask your peers for ideas!
- What are you hoping to accomplish in 2021 with other businesses/organizations? I am hoping to be able to volunteer more this year and through my work as an Allstate agent, making it a monthly discussion with my team to encourage them to volunteer as well. So many ideas are coming to mind now that we can support in many different ways. I feel as a team and a company we can achieve so much more in 2021 and be a leader in making a difference.