At Western National, being "The Relationship Company®" means that, beyond maintaining strong relationships with our customers, we're continually working to reinforce the strength, health, and safety of the communities in which we work and live. Whether it's volunteering to distribute back-to-school supplies or holiday toys to underprivileged children, helping families in need build new homes, or helping fund shelters for victims of abuse, our commitment to community is an integral part of the way we do business.
Our charitable giving program supports well-run, tax-deductible organizations in communities in which we do business. These charities are nominated by our employees, and they aim to improve the lives of people in need of food, shelter, or clothing or who find themselves in situations where meeting the basic necessities of life is difficult. A few of the organizations where we focus our support include Habitat for Humanity, Cornerstone, Bridging, and Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (VEAP).
In 2019, Western National donated to over 100 charitable organizations.
Driving Away Hunger Program
In 2012, Western National introduced a commitment to donate at least one brand-new vehicle each year to VEAP's transportation fleet. This program, called Driving Away Hunger, enables VEAP to provide transportation from its food shelf and to provide rides to limited-income seniors and individuals with disabilities who are unable to transport themselves to medical appointments, grocery shopping trips, and visits to hospitals or nursing homes.
Our commitment to community involves more than simply direct financial support; Western National strongly encourages employees to volunteer their time to organizations and events that help those in need. In the recent past, employees have represented Western National by packing food with Feed My Starving Children, working with Habitat for Humanity to build new homes, and helping with Cornerstone's Santa Shop, to name a few. Our sponsorships, fund-matching, and eight hours of paid volunteer time make it easy for Western National employees to make a difference in the community.
At Western National, we think it’s important to ensure the leaders of tomorrow get the strong education they need today. That’s why, in 2008, Western National introduced a scholarship program designed to ease the financial burden that college costs put on the families of our employees and independent agency partners. The Western National Insurance Scholarship Program provides $3,000 in merit-based scholarships to eight eligible students who are beginning or continuing full-time undergraduate study in the fall of that year.