Corporate social responsibility is weaved into the very fabric of The Jacobson Group’s corporate mission and vision, solidifying our commitment to the advancement of our clients, the industry we serve, the communities in which we live and work, and our employees. This company-wide commitment is irrefutably linked with our operations, aligned with our core values and demonstrated through our interactions each and every day. Our corporate social responsibility efforts are driven by our desire to be a meaningful industry partner, neighbor and employer and to create a sustainable and profitable environment now and for generations to come.
Our corporate social responsibility program includes three main areas of focus: the insurance industry, our local community and our employees. Below are just a few such programs that we are involved in.
The American Red Cross leads relief efforts for those in need due to natural disasters. On an annual basis, the American Red Cross responds to nearly 64,000 disasters, bringing help and hope by opening overnight shelters; distributing emergency supplies; providing first aid treatment and emotional support; supplying hot meals, snacks and water; and circulating emergency response vehicles.
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, Jacobson's employees raised more than $6,000 to assist the American Red Cross in their efforts to provide relief for those affected by the storm. The firm and its employees' thoughts continue to be with those in of Texas and all of those affected by the storm.
To learn more about the American Red Cross, visit their website: www.redcross.org.
Chicago Cares is a public and community service organization that promotes and sponsors volunteer service throughout the city. Through the power of the volunteer experience, Chicago Cares brings people together from all Chicago neighborhoods to be agencts of change. Sponsored volunteer projects are focused on breaking down barriers and creating a movement for long-term change, connecting with new people, and building trust, empathy and understanding.
Warm Up Chicago: Jacobson joined together with organizations citywide to collect hats and gloves for Chicagoans in need. This annual drive is focused on keeping our community warm and safe during Chicago's infamous winters. Jacobson employees volunteer to donate hats and gloves as a team with the winners earning a "prize" for their efforts. All of the collected food is donated to Chicago Cares.
“This was our first year partnering with Chicago Cares and the Warm Up Chicago drive. We couldn't be more excited about the fantastic response from Jacobson employees in support of their community. In total, we collected more than 250 pairs of gloves for Chicagoans in need." – Juan Orejuela, Warm Up Chicago coordinator and Jacobson employee.
To learn more about Chicago Cares, visit their website: www.chicagocares.org.
Jacobson co-CEO Greg Jacobson serves as chair for the Midwest Committee for the City of Hope’s National Insurance Industry Council. City of Hope is a leading research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Since its beginnings more than a century ago, City of Hope has touched the lives of countless individuals facing the challenge of disease and has given them hope.
To learn more about City of Hope, visit their website: www.cityofhope.org.
Jacobson holds an annual food drive competition in order to raise awareness about hunger in the surrounding Chicagoland community. Employees who are passionate about this cause volunteer to donate non-perishable food items as a team. The winning team enjoys “bragging rights” for the year and the satisfaction that they have made a difference in our community. All of the collected food is donated to The Greater Chicago Food Depository.
“The annual food drive is a fantastic way to truly give back to the community and make a difference. This year, we were able to collect nearly 600 pounds of food for Chicago's low-income families. This is a perfect and easy opportunity for everyone to get involved and I am truly appreciative that The Jacobson Group continues to support these efforts." – Patricia Gorecki, food drive coordinator and Jacobson employee.
To learn more about The Greater Chicago Food Depository, visit their website: www.chicagosfoodbank.org.
The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) helps communities and enriches lives by combining the collective strengths of the industry to provide grants, volunteer service and leadership. Margaret Resce Milkint, managing partner of Jacobson, serves on the steering committee for the Midwest IICF Women in Insurance Regional Forum.
Week of Giving: Jacobson volunteers participated in IICF's Week of Giving event, hosting local children and families at Breakthrough Urban Ministries in Chicago, Illinois. The event included interactive Sesame Street games, videos and activities designed to encourage children and the adults in their lives to read and write together.
"This is such a great opportunity for Jacobson volunteers to interact with local children. We had a fantastic experience partnering with other insurance organizations during the IICF event. All the volunteers loved coloring, reading and writing with the participants. I think what made this event extraordinary is that we were able give these children the opportunity to see how a love of reading can have a positive impact in their lives." – said Kate Lyon, 2016 IICF Week of Giving coordinator and Jacobson employee.
To learn more about the IICF, visit their website: www.iicf.org
Sponsored by Jacobson and founded by Barbara Schönhofer, senior vice president and chief executive officer of executive search, The Insurance Supper Club (ISC) provides a forum for senior insurance leaders to engage with like-minded colleagues on business issues. With a mission to increase opportunities for women globally, the group pro-actively promotes inclusion diversity initiatives within the industry.
To learn more about the ISC, visit their website: www.theinsurancesupperclub.com
The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program serves to collect new, unwrapped toys to distribute as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the local community. The goal is to deliver a message of hope to less fortunate children that will assist them in becoming responsible and productive citizens.
Through the annual toy drive, Jacobson employees have the opportunity to brighten the lives of Chicago-area children. The drive provides employees with a convenient way to make a difference in the life of a child, something that many people look forward to during the holiday season.
To learn more about Toys for Tots, visit their website: www.toysfortots.org.
The Women’s Insurance Networking Group (WING) was launched by Margaret Resce Milkint, managing partner of Jacobson, and David Mendelsohn, partner of DLA Piper. Sponsored by Jacobson and DLA Piper, WING provides a platform for networking among the insurance industry’s female leaders and enlightened males, those who understand the importance of diversity and equality in leadership in the insurance industry. Discussion focuses on industry hot topics, career development and the empowerment of women in insurance.
To learn more about WING, visit their LinkedIn page: www.linkedin.com/groups/Womens-Insurance-Networking-Group-WING-4296414.