After hearing a presentation on emergency preparedness for businesses, Zurich NA hosted a month-long emergency preparedness kit drive to increase the understanding of what is needed to create a disaster kit and to provide these resources to vulnerable populations. During the drive they collected Ziploc bags, first aid items, batteries, flashlights, water bottles, whistles, garbage bags, sanitizing wipes, and dust masks, all of which were placed into the Ziploc bags. Once the items were collected, employees at Zurich coordinated their own kit-building event and were able to come together to assemble 25 kits and donate their surplus items for future events hosted by the Long Island Volunteer Center.
Zurich’s kits were donated in conjunction with 50 kits that were built at a Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service event with students from SUNY Old Westbury. Twenty-five students and five faculty members came out to learn about emergency preparedness and volunteerism by building emergency kits that included whistles, plastic garbage bags, Ziploc bags, water bottles, wet ones, first aid kits, rain ponchos, LED flashlights, and dust masks. Feedback from the students indicated that they enjoyed being able to give back to their community and to serve with their friends. They also learned a few new things about how to prepare for an emergency. After the event, the 75 kits were donated to Eager to Serve, a non-profit organization based in Freeport that serves to enhance the health and welfare of children and their families. The kits will be used to help families in their Long-Term Housing program, many of whom were affected by Superstorm Sandy.
The Long Island Volunteer Center is excited about the ongoing partnerships that have been made with Zurich NA and SUNY Old Westbury, and we admire their willingness to assist some of Long Island’s most vulnerable populations.
About the Long Island Volunteer Center:
The LIVC is the resource center for volunteerism and community service initiatives throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. Established in 1992, LIVC operates year round and its services are provided free of charge. The LIVC collaborates with corporations and community organizations to address the needs of Long Islanders. LIVC is an affiliate of the HandsOn Network since 2008, connecting agencies seeking volunteers with individuals and groups looking for ways to serve their communities. In 2011, the LIVC was designated by New York State as the Regional Volunteer Center for Long Island. For more information, contact the Long Island Volunteer Center at (516) 564-5482 or visit www.longislandvolunteercenter.org.
Zurich Insurance Group (Zurich) is a leading multi-line insurer that serves its customers in global and local markets. With more than 55,000 employees, it provides a wide range of general insurance and life insurance products and services. Zurich’s customers include individuals, small businesses, and mid-sized and large companies, including multinational corporations, in more than 170 countries.
In North America, Zurich is a leading commercial property-casualty insurance provider serving the global corporate, large corporate, middle market, specialties and programs sectors through the individual member companies of Zurich in North America, including Zurich American Insurance Company. Life insurance and disability coverage issued in the United States in all states except New York is issued by Zurich American Life Insurance Company, an Illinois domestic life insurance company. In New York, life insurance and disability coverage is issued by Zurich American Life Insurance Company of New York, a New York domestic life insurance company. For more information about the products and services it offers and people Zurich employs around the world go to http://www.zurichna.com. 2012 marked Zurich’s 100 year anniversary of insuring America and the success of its customers, shareholders and employees.
About SUNY Old Westbury:
SUNY College at Old Westbury is a dynamic and diverse public liberal arts college that fosters academic excellence through close interaction among students, faculty and staff. Old Westbury weaves the values of integrity, community engagement, and global citizenship into the fabric of its academic programs and campus life. In an environment that cultivates critical thinking, empathy, creativity and intercultural understanding, we endeavor to stimulate a passion for learning and a commitment to building a more just and sustainable world. The College is a community of students, teachers, staff, and alumni bound together in mutual support, respect, and dedication to the Mission.
About Eager to Serve:
Eager To Serve, Inc. is a not-for-profit charity youth organization established in 1990 to promote, foster and advance the health, welfare and well being of children and their families. We do this by providing educational, recreational, cultural and residential services.