Kemper Corporation Contributes to Scholarship Program and Encourages Students to Give Back

October 16, 2012 | Orlando, Fla. – Middle school students from Saint Andrew Catholic School spent the afternoon sorting and bagging potatoes at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida. The students helped create emergency food kits that will be distributed to families in need on the weekends when many soup kitchens and food pantries tend not to be open.

Kemper Corporation is a new corporate partner with the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship Program, Step Up For Students, and offered the event to the students at Saint Andrew Catholic School as a way to encourage them to establish an interest in volunteering.

Employees from the Kemper Orlando office joined approximately 25 students for the volunteer activity and brief presentation on the importance of giving back to the community.

Hugh Palmer from United Insurance Co, one of Kemper’s home service companies, joins two students from Saint Andrew Catholic School in the volunteer activity.

Hugh Palmer from United Insurance Co, one of Kemper’s home service companies, joins two students from Saint Andrew Catholic School in the volunteer activity.

Hugh Palmer from United Insurance Co, one of Kemper’s home service companies, joins two students from Saint Andrew Catholic School in the volunteer activity.

“Community service is an integral part of our company culture, which is why we joined Step Up For Students in their mission to provide scholarships to underprivileged students in Florida,” said Jim Mull, senior district manager for United Insurance Co., a Kemper Corporation Home Service Company. “We are thrilled that we can bring this volunteer opportunity to Step Up scholarship students.”

Kemper Corporation contributed $100,000 to the scholarship program, which will provide approximately 22 scholarships for low-income Florida students. Step Up For Students, which administers the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program, enables corporations with certain types of Florida tax liabilities to contribute by redirecting their taxes to the program, and receive dollar-for-dollar tax credits for their redirection.

“Community service is an integral part of our company culture, which is why we joined Step Up For Students in their mission to provide scholarships to underprivileged students in Florida. We are thrilled that we can bring this volunteer opportunity to Step Up scholarship students.”Jim Mull, senior district manager for United Insurance Co., a Kemper Corporation Home Service Company

“We are honored to have Kemper Corporation’s support,” said Step Up President Doug Tuthill. “And it is inspiring to see a company that invests in the community the way Kemper does through its Community Trust Bank Program. We are glad they are taking it a step further and encouraging these young people to give back as well.”

Kemper Corporation supports many other nonprofits in addition to Step Up For Students.

Through Kemper’s Community Trust Bank Program, each regional office chooses a local nonprofit organization to support throughout the year. Kemper donates financial resources to each organization, and employees volunteer at least 20 hours of community service per year.

As part of the Community Trust Bank Program, Jim Mull announced at the event yesterday that Kemper has contributed $250 to Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida.

About Kemper Corporation

Kemper is one of the nation’s leading financial services providers. The Kemper family of companies specializes in property and casualty insurance and life and health insurance products for individuals, families, and small businesses.

Among the brands in Kemper’s Property and Casualty Insurance businesses are Kemper Preferred and Kemper Specialty, which sell automobile, home owners and other personal insurance and commercial automobile insurance through networks of independent agents, and Kemper Direct, which sells automobile and home owners insurance directly to consumers or through employer-sponsored voluntary benefit programs. Kemper’s Life and Health Insurance businesses bring a high-level of personalized service to their customers.

About Step Up For Students

Step Up For Students is the nonprofit organization responsible for administering the Florida Tax Credit Scholarship program. The scholarship program is available to students who qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch and provides tuition assistance to the private school of their parents’ choice or transportation help to an out-of-district public school. Scholarships are funded by corporations that receive a dollar-for-dollar tax credit for their contributions.

For more information, visit www.stepupforstudents.org.

About Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

SHFBCF is a member of Feeding America – the largest charitable domestic hunger-relief organization in the United States. SHFBCF secures and distributes food and grocery products to approximately 500 local nonprofit feeding programs throughout Central Florida.  Last year, with the help of numerous donors, volunteers and a caring, committed community, the food bank distributed more than 36 million pounds of grocery products – the equivalent of more than 24 million meals – to partner programs such as food pantries, soup kitchens, women’s shelters, senior centers, day care centers and Kids Cafes. On average, more than 55,000 different people receive assistance provided by SHFBCF each week.

To learn more about SHFBCF, visit www.FeedHopeNow.org.

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