Monday, January 18, 2010

Give Back Day: Allstate Encourages Volunteerism and Honors Local Heroes

In recognition of the Martin Luther King Holiday, Allstate Insurance Company is once again encouraging volunteerism with Give Back Day, a mass community service initiative to be observed in cities across the country on January 18, 2010.

As part of the Company’s recognition of Dr. King’s vision and its own commitment to volunteerism, Allstate is honoring four heroes who generously serve their communities through extensive volunteer efforts and continuously make a positive impact in their neighborhoods. The Allstate Give Back Day Heroes are (click on their names to view their videos):

Lucy Hall-Gainer (Atlanta, GA) – For more than a decade, Lucy Hall-Gainer has assisted troubled women in Atlanta by providing them with a safe haven – the Mary Hall Freedom House (MHFH), named in memory of Hall-Gainer’s mother. As the organization’s CEO, she has helped more than 2,500 women beat addiction and become self-sufficient individuals.

Xavier Jefferies (Charlotte, NC) – 16-year-old founder and president of the Kick Back Crew, a philanthropic youth group dedicated to beautifying Rockwell Park through a variety of community service initiatives.

Marquis Smith (Washington D.C.) – a Howard University student that has embraced the need for people to give back to their communities and took his mission of service one step further by joining the Army. Upon his return from a three-year tour of duty, Smith compiled more than 600 hours of volunteerism as an AmeriCorps Jumpstart corps member. An education major, Smith is involved with “Library Makeover,” an organization that helps renovate and build libraries in deprived neighborhoods. Smith also interns at the Heart of America Foundation promoting literacy and volunteerism.

Deanna Woods (Chicago, Ill.) – Seritha White, Woods’ 10 year old niece, was killed by a stray bullet in her native West Englewood, Ill. which compelled her to devote her life to giving back to her community. She was inspired to create the 68th and Marshfield Block Club and became an ambassador for Teamwork Englewood, an organization founded to promote community development and work against drug dealing and gun violence.

To learn how you can be a hero in your community, find local volunteer projects at


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