Charlotte – Harnessing the talent and expertise of potentially more than 10,000 insurance professionals in the region, Community Matters, Insurance Partners of Charlotte, is a new nonprofit organization dedicated to making a difference in the Charlotte community by providing major financial support to worthy charitable agencies.
Currently more than 38 firms in the insurance industry – brokers, carriers, third-party administrators and risk managers – have banded together in Community Matters to advance the mission of one local charity at a time.
Arrowpoint Capital is proud to be an inaugural member of Community Matters. We believe participation in this collaborative initiative within our industry strongly reinforces our commitment to corporate citizenship.
“It’s great to see how quickly Community Matters has taken off,” Arrowpoint Capital President & CEO John Tighe, a Community Matters Director. “Formed only a few months ago, the alliance is already generating a lot of excitement among local insurance professionals who see the impact we can have. Community Matters has the potential to grow and grow big – and in doing so, I believe we can do something really special for Charlotte’s nonprofit community.”
Community Matters has selected United Family Services, a 102-year old family counseling and crisis intervention agency that operates The Shelter for Battered Women, as its first charity partner.
In fact, the idea for Community Matters originated at a United Family Services fundraising event where a group of insurance leaders learned that the existing Shelter for Battered Women in Mecklenburg County – with a population of more than a million people -- has only 29 beds to provide sanctuary to women and children victims of domestic violence. They were shocked to learn that domestic violence shelters in Union and Cabarrus County were much larger and better-equipped than the Mecklenburg facility.
They decided to take action – and Community Matters was launched. Enthusiasm for and participation in this new organization has exceeded expectations as many marquee names in the insurance industry have signed-on as partners. Community Matters has not yet held its first fundraising event, but has already generated more than $40,000.00 for United Family Services.
“Community Matters is quickly evolving into a platform for the people in our industry to harness their passions and energy toward making a significant difference in the lives of people in need,” said AMWINS President & CEO Steve DeCarlo. “It is a unique opportunity. I am proud to be associated with this effort as we combine forces and create meaningful change in the community.”
“Helping to build Community Matters has been a very gratifying experience. I am so proud of the risk and insurance community in Charlotte and their overwhelming support and dedication to making a difference in our community,” said Angela Matherly, Senior Director, Risk Management, Snyder’s-Lance, Inc. “ I’m truly amazed by the level of excitement generated by both industry leaders and young professionals and am confident that we will continue to build momentum and truly demonstrate the positive change we can bring to Charlotte and our non-profit partner, United Family Services.”
Community Matters is launching its inaugural fundraising initiative on April 27, 2012, with a Dodgeball Tournament featuring 60 teams from partner companies in the insurance industry. The event is being held at the Sports Connection – for details http://www.communitymatterscharlotte.myevent.com/
Each participating firm will also be holding company-specific fundraisers. Additionally, Community Matters will be playing an active role in “Run For Peace,” a 5K race that has been a long-standing tradition in Charlotte supporting the mission of United Family Services.
Finally, Community Matters is also encouraging its partners to engage in active outreach with United Family Services through volunteer programs and educational opportunities to combat the reality of domestic and sexual violence in our community.
For more information about the mission of Community Matters, please visit http://communitymatterscharlotte.org/home.html or contact Kedar Bryan, Communications Director, Arrowpoint Capital, at firstname.lastname@example.org
For information about member companies and joining Community Matters, please contact Tom Lott, Director of Marketing, Practices and Client Relationships, AmWINS Group, at email@example.com
For more information about United Family Services, please contact Bill Coy at Bcoy@ufsclt.org
Community Matters: Insurance Partners of Charlotte is an alliance of insurance and risk management professionals working together to advance the cause of selected charitable organizations in the Charlotte region. In doing so, the partnership builds teamwork and camaraderie among local insurance professionals. Formed in 2011, Community Matters also showcases the individual outreach efforts of our member insurance companies and organizations in the Charlotte region.
Contact: Kedar Bryan, 704-522-2721, firstname.lastname@example.org