Since FCCI’s founding in 1959, we’ve been giving back to the community. As our business has grown, so have our efforts to support the regions we do business in.
Individually, FCCI teammates donate time and raise money for many causes, such as local food drives and food banks, gifts for children and seniors during the holiday season, on-campus blood drives, beautification projects and more. FCCI teammates also receive paid time off to participate in community involvement and volunteer at the charitable organization of their choice.
Since the inception of the program in 2012, more than 17,000 volunteer hours have been donated by FCCI teammates.
The FCCI Charitable Foundation was established in the spring of 2019. It confirms our long-term commitment to charitable giving – FCCI’s eighth pillar. Our company and teammates support countless organizations tackling a wide range of needs.
The single purpose of the FCCI Charitable Foundation is to maximize the impact of each donated dollar. This Foundation was formed in partnership with the Gulf Coast Community Foundation. With this Foundation, we are well-positioned to support organizations located not only in Florida, but also in our regions and in all other states where we conduct business. Extending our charitable reach is important to our teammates, agency partners and the policyholders we insure.
service hours volunteered by FCCI teammates since 2012
When COVID-19 hit our nation, FCCI teammates immediately looked for ways to give back to the community. These stories are a few of many examples of FCCI teammates' generous spirit. They continously leverage their talents and gifts to give back to others in this very challenging time.
After Hurricane Sally ripped through the Pensacola area in September, Dan Milligan, SIU investigator, organized a relief effort in collaboration with our Gulf Coast Region teammates. When Dan reached out and requested food items and donations, the Gulf Coast did not disappoint. Over $600 in contributions were collected and distributed to help those in need, assisting more than 30 families through their efforts. Dan’s willingness to reach out and spark this type of response is commendable. Our teammates’ commitment to community support and involvement is unwavering.
One of FCCI’s agency partners in Lake Charles was significantly impacted by Hurricane Laura. Their entire building sustained water damage when the roof was lifted by wind. Their employees’ homes were also damaged with some being uninhabitable. The agency secured unfurnished apartments in Lafayette as temporary living and working space for employees. Kim Ramer, senior risk control consultant, and Crystal Baer, senior business development specialist, delivered donated folding tables, chairs and other household furnishings to the employees, provided $1,000+ in Walmart gift cards, and even helped one employee assemble her new bed that had just arrived.
Jenny Tull, a teammate in our Gulf Coast Region, coordinated an effort for parents, schools and children ages 4-13 to paint pictures, write words of affirmation, and create letters and cards for seniors living in a local nursing home in Maumelle, Arkansas. Jenny was the first contact the residents had during the pandemic and delivered close to 100 pieces of art. Imagine the happiness the residents experienced when they read these powerful messages of hope and love.
Gulf Coast Region teammate, Donna Rademacher, together with Sew Loved and Crossgates United Methodist Church, sewed masks for local hospitals, nursing homes and a local church in Ridgeland, Mississippi. Donna’s group typically sews pillowcases for children in the local children’s hospital. However, with the need for masks ever-rising, they turned their efforts to making masks to meet the needs of the community during the pandemic.
Risk control teammate, Dave Flavin, in FCCI's Mid-Atlantic Region, reached out to policyholders during the pandemic to offer his assistance and expertise. One of FCCI’s policyholders, SEH Excavating Contractors, was in need of disposable gloves. Fortunately, Dave had purchased a supply of gloves prior to the pandemic. Recognizing the need of his customer, Dave personally delivered the gloves to them in Finksburg, Maryland. Giving back and providing unparalleled customer service exemplifies the true character of FCCI teammates.
FCCI Young Professionals commit to community involvement through their monthly “Serve Events”, led by the humanitarian chair, Alexa Troche Rodriguez. In April 2020, they continued to serve through a virtual touch. They raised funds in excess of $500 to support and partner with local businesses and restaurants to provide meals for healthcare workers in the Sarasota, Florida.
When Agribusiness teammate, Mary Roberts, received a call from her daughter, Hanna, a doctor at Boston Children’s Hospital, she became aware that the need for masks was dire. Mary picked up the phone and discovered she had a willing team of coworkers to sew, assist and donate materials. Tracy Stoeckel, Sarah Thompson, Eileen Wolfe and an agency partner all contributed to the cause. They were able to donate 77 masks to doctors and the medical community, including Tracy’s daughter, Carolyn, a doctor at Silverstein Institute.
Anita DiDonato, a Florida Region teammate, created a grassroots effort to help those in her immediate neighborhood. She served elderly adults in her community by grocery shopping and preparing and delivering meals. Along with her dog, Holly, “Sidewalk Happy Hours” became a feature of the twosome’s efforts as they sought to alleviate feelings of isolation, sadness and sorrow during the pandemic.
Southwest Region teammate, Jason Walker, jumped into action as the “Stay at Home” orders for Texas came down. He worked with his local church to cook meals twice a week for approximately 200 community members, while simultaneously working with a local food bank to put together snack packs for children. Jason continued these activities even as he cleared debris on his own property following tornadic activity in the area.
Mary Sears, a Florida Region teammate, was quick to jump in and help by sewing masks during the pandemic. She provided fabric and sewed approximately 30 masks as part of the High Springs Women's Club's efforts. Masks were sent to New Jersey for hospital employees and others were sent to UF Health Shands Cancer Hospital in Gainesville, Florida.
Southeast Region teammates, friends and family members volunteered and came together to make 431 medical gowns. Adam and Abby Siler; Mindy Nix; Angie Hardy; and Mark, Michelle and Zach Kwiatkowski partnered with local church, 12Stone, which turned their Hamilton Mill Campus worship center into a mini personal protective equipment (PPE) facility. These donated gowns filled a critical need at northeast Georgia hospitals taking care of the ill during the pandemic. FCCI teammates enjoyed working together to give back during this time of crisis.
FCCI's Leadership Development Program cohort volunteers at Habitat for Humanity Sarasota
FCCI's Fall Fest, our annual charity fundraising campaign, is always a tremendous success — and a lot of fun! In 2018, the Joe Keene Classic Golf Tournament in conjunction with other FCCI-sponsored events (like our skits and costume contests!) raised a total of $153,270, which was donated to United Way. In 2019, FCCI teammates volunteered 4,424 hours and raised $103,964 for charities.
For over 30 years, we have come together in support of a wonderful cause. It is part of FCCI’s company culture to give, and that commitment continues to grow."— Richard Rueger Senior Vice President, Corporate Underwriting, FCCI Insurance Group