Girls Inc. received a $6,000 grant from Westfield Insurance Foundation thanks to the help of Al Purmort Insurance. The grant is part of the new Westfield Legacy of Caring program in which Westfield agencies across the country were invited to nominate a local nonprofit in the areas of disaster relief, insurance pathways, family stability or safety.
“Girls Inc. is thrilled to have this gift that will provide a Technology Instructor for our STEM program. This position is vital in fostering technological know-how and bridging the digital divide for many girls from low-income families while exposing them to new skills such as coding. We are so appreciative to Al Purmort Insurance and Westfield Insurance Foundation for making this possible.” Said Angie Stringer; Executive Director.
Al Purmort Jr., president of Al Purmort Insurance Agency, is so serious about community giving that he has an employee whose major function is organizing the company’s nonprofit support. “She’ll announce that we’re donating to an organization which would like 25 hours of volunteer time in the next three months. We give paid time off to our employees to volunteer,” Purmort says.
The insurance agency, with a staff of 25, has donated nearly $100,000 to about 100 area nonprofits over the past three years, while also donating hundreds of volunteer hours and underwriting services to 60 community nonprofits.
The “all in” philosophy dates back to Purmort’s father, Al Purmort, who headed up the agency for decades, and his mother, whose nonprofit board service and volunteerism inspired her husband to underwrite many local charities. The younger Purmort took up the mantle.
“Management has to push this,” he says—and it’s also good for the bottom line. “When we invest in a client’s interests, the next time he goes looking for insurance [our support] will be a factor. In a community-based business, those things matter,” he says.
–Anu Varma Panchal
BIZ (941) Magazine, September 2015