Jacksonville Safe Driving Advocate Bill Bade Named Allstate’s Employee Volunteer of the Year

Eighteen Allstate employees honored for volunteerism will receive checks to donate to nonprofits of choice
Jan 20, 2014 1:45 PM ET

JACKSONVILLE, Fla., January 20, 2014 /3BLMedia/ – Allstate’s Bill Bade is committed to providing opportunities for teens to realize their full potential. Through The SELF Movement, the nonprofit he founded, Bill reaches thousands of teens with an important message: get involved and be heard. The Service Education Leadership Foundation empowers teens to identify and solve community problems, and emphasizes the importance of community involvement and life-long learning. Selected among more than 250 nominations from around the country, Bade was chosen as Allstate’s Employee Volunteer of the Year. 

“I started this organization to make sure each and every teen has the same opportunity I had for success,” said Bill Bade, Allstate’s Employee Volunteer of the Year. “Growing up, my parents made sacrifices to make sure I was involved in a lot of after-school programs, athletics and that I went on to pursue higher education. The Self Movement gives me an outlet to ensure teens in my community have those same important opportunities. ”

As part of The Self Movement, Bade devotes countless hours each week to a project he is personally passionate—safe driving. He and his SELF Movement colleagues created the “Stand Up, Speak Up and Make a Difference” video contest to give teens the ability to reach their peers with messages on the dangers of distracted driving. The contest in Duval County Public Schools attracted 75 submissions that received more than 10,000 public votes. Additionally, hundreds of local residents attended a watch party at a local movie theater for the videos, $5,000 in scholarships was awarded to participants, and $33,000 was raised for distracted driving education. 

“Bill has made a tangible difference in the Jacksonville community,” said Greg Guidos, president of Allstate Benefits in Jacksonville, Fla. “He has inspired countless teens to attend college through the scholarship program he helped create, and he’s helped save lives by helping our youth appreciate the dangers of distracted driving. His message empowers the next generation to seize the moment and influence others. “

Allstate’s Employee Volunteer of the Year Program acknowledges company volunteers who embody the spirit of giving back to the communities where they live and work. The honors are awarded annually to Allstate’s top employee volunteers across the U.S. The winner receives a $5,000 donation to the nonprofit of their choice. 

In addition to the national Employee Volunteer of the Year, Allstate recognizes outstanding employee volunteers on a local and regional basis. These employees were also recognized for tremendous service to their community in 2013 and each received $1,000 to a nonprofit of their choice.

Regional outstanding volunteers for 2013 include:

  • Ryan Amorosino, Farmington, Connecticut
  • Richard Baker, Tempe, Arizona
  • Darcy Bonner, Ontario, Canada
  • William (Bill) Camacho, Englewood, Colorado
  • Steve Detert, Bothell, Washington
  • Diane Eaton, Brick, New Jersey
  • Anginette Hall, Raleigh, North Carolina
  • Nicoletta Iorio-Cortese, New York, New York
  • Caroline Kangas, Hudson, Ohio
  • Paula Newell, Belfast, Ireland
  • Anoop Prasad, Bangalore, India
  • Don Saul, Diamond Bar, California
  • Dolores Solis, San Antonio, Texas
  • Kerry Sullivan, Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jim Warneck, Woodridge, Illinois
  • Joyce Wheeling, Roanoke, Virginia
  • Justin Wozniski, Northbrook, Illinois

Allstate awards more than 450 grants each year to nonprofit organizations where Allstate employees volunteer as a part of its Helping Hands Recognition Program. In 2013, The Allstate Foundation granted more than $230,000 to nonprofit organizations across the country where Allstate employees delivered nearly 94,000 hours of volunteer service.  

To learn more about Allstate’s volunteer efforts in the community, please visit www.allstate.com/socialresponsibility.

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and Allstate Financial business segment.  Allstate branded insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com, www.allstate.com/financial and 1-800 Allstate®, and are widely known through the slogan “You’re In Good Hands With Allstate®. ” In 2013, $29 million was given by The Allstate Foundation, Allstate, its employees and agency owners to support local communities.  Allstate employees and agency owners donated 200,000 hours of service across the country.  

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