On Monday, December 16, Esurance volunteers met up with some of our buddies on the Golden State Warriors along with a handful of Warriors season ticket holders to volunteer at the San Francisco Food Bank. A total of 63 volunteers — including our CEO, the Warriors’ President and COO, and the SF Food Bank’s CEO — spent the afternoon weighing cereal, sorting pears and carrots, and generally having a great time while helping to make a difference. Their volunteering kicked off We G.I.V.E., a unique program that connects Esurance associates with Warriors players, staff, and fans. Together, they team up to Guide, Inspire, Volunteer, and Educate at various events in order to give back to the Bay Area community.

Volunteers at work

Half the volunteers spent their time weighing out bags of cereal while the other half sorted through bins of pears and carrots. By the end of the day, nearly 3,000 lb. of cereal had been portioned and 30,000 lb. of the fruits and veggies sorted. As part of their mission to end hunger in the area, the San Francisco Food Bank distributes enough food for 105,000 meals … every single day. “It’s amazing and humbling to think that just 4 hours at the food bank could make such an impact for so many people and families — it truly felt like we were making a difference,” said Mollie Clark, Esurance brand partnerships coordinator.

In the community all year long

A longtime friend of numerous local causes and events, Esurance believes in supporting the communities where we live and work. Our Matching Gift Program, which matches donations dollar for dollar up to $2,500 per associate, is one of the ways we’re able to do this. In 2013, we matched nearly $110,000, donating to organizations like the Red Cross, the Blind Veterans Association, and the Breast Cancer Fund, as well as causes that support children’s wellness, AIDS services, and animal rights. Just to name a few.

You can get involved

Whether you want to give back during the holidays or are interested in helping your community all year long, volunteering is a great way to do some good and have fun. Check out VolunteerMatch to see what volunteering opportunities are available near you. And hey, happy holidays.

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