BURLINGTON, N.C. – It would be easy to hand the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Alamance County a check for facility upgrades, take a picture and leave without seeing what is done with the donation.
National Agents Alliance and Foresters want to do more than that, and plan to take a “hands on” approach later this week.
More than 200 volunteers from NAA, a Burlington-based insurance marketing organization, and Foresters, a financial services provider, will spend Thursday afternoon helping make major upgrades to the club, which provides opportunities to more than 100 children daily in Alamance County. The project is part of Foresters’ “Delivering the Difference” program, which aims to improve the quality of life for others.
Andy Albright, NAA president and chief executive officer, said being able to help an organization like the Boys & Girls Club was important because of the number of lives impacted by the project.
“A community’s well-being really starts with the quality of a child’s life,” Albright said. “Playgrounds and clubs like the Boys & Girls Club are vital to young people and they provide a space where children can play and interact safely. I hope that our small investment pays off for many children and for many years. We are very happy that we are able to help improve the club for the young people of Burlington and Alamance County.”
Previously, NAA and Foresters teamed up to “make a difference” in places like Fiji, Grand Cayman and St. Lucia.
“The ‘Delivering the Difference’ program supports the mission of improving the well-being of families and communities,” said Tony Garcia, president and chief executive officer of Foresters. “This program provides our sales partners with a rewarding opportunity to revitalize the grounds at the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club of Alamance County. The Alliance together with Foresters will create an inviting space for the children and families in the Burlington community to enjoy for years to come.”
This is the second upgrade provided by NAA and Foresters at the Alamance County club, with the first coming in 2006 through a project called KaBOOM! that involved tearing down an old playground and installing a brand new playground for children in Alamance County.
Sherri Henderson, the executive director of the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Alamance County, said the improvements will be enjoyed for years to come by many children in Alamance County.
“We are very excited to have the Foresters and National Agents Alliance (NAA) come together again to help our youth at The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Alamance County,” Henderson said. “Playgrounds provide crucial and vital opportunities for children to play. Unstructured play allows children to be creative and it accelerates all learning-emotional, motor and cognitive which is vital for a child’s development.”
The project will include spreading new layers of mulch, checking and tightening nuts and bolts on the playground structure, building benches and a massive deck for children to interact in an outdoor environment. Volunteers will also construct cabinets, paint cubbies and walls and install hooks for children to hang book bags on.
“We are so grateful that NAA and Foresters are both community oriented and not only financially sponsoring this community build, but also bringing in more than 200 volunteers to complete the projects. We truly feel blessed,” Henderson said. “I had heard of Andy and NAA, but I didn’t know how important it is for them to give back and help others. They really want others to prosper.”
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ABOUT NATIONAL AGENTS ALLIANCE
National Agents Alliance is an innovative lead generation and marketing organization that sells life insurance, annuities, and other financial services products through more than 7,000 active independent sales representatives in 50 states. Focused on serving middle-income families, National Agents Alliance is the No. 1 United States provider of mortgage protection insurance and offers a broad array of other affordable products from highly regarded companies such as Mutual of Omaha, Foresters, Columbian Financial Group, etc. Since its inception in 2002, National Agents Alliance has helped more than 1,000,000 families successfully apply for more than $100 billion in life insurance coverage.
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For 140 years, Foresters™, an international financial services provider, has fulfilled its purpose to enhance family well-being for its members and the communities where they live. A fraternal benefit society, Foresters offers quality life insurance and investment products, unique member benefits and inspiring community activities. Foresters shares its financial strength with more than one million members in Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit foresters.com, and www.techtimeout.com.
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ABOUT SALVATION ARMY BOYS & GIRLS CLUB OF ALAMANCE COUNTY
Since the mid-1950s, the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Alamance County has been working with the communities to provide care for school kids and educational enhancement opportunities. Our mission is to inspire and enable all young people, especially those who need us the most, to realize their full potential as productive, responsible and caring citizens.