Community Insurance Group is pleased to commend one of our insurance company partners for their contributions to local communities. The press release below outlines how the employees of ACUITY determined how $350,000 in contributions would be made.

Community Insurance Group is proud to support our local communities and we’re proud to represent insurance companies that take the same pride in supporting charities and organizations that are important to them.

Original Press Release Follows:

December 15, 2014

At a recent ACUITY Town Hall meeting for its staff, employees determined the distribution of a special-year end contribution of $350,000 to six different organizations. Those groups included American Cancer Society, Feeding America, Safe Harbor of Sheboygan County, The Salvation Army, Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice, and Sheboygan County Health and Human Services.

The special contribution adds to ACUITY’s ongoing support to the community throughout the year. Guided by the ACUITY Charitable Foundation, ACUITY contributed $1.25 million to organizations in 2014 and plans to increase that amount to $1.35 million in 2015. The foundation was created in 2003 and is under the direction of a seven-member board that evaluates requests and monitors community needs.

“We believe in supporting the communities where we work, live, and do business,” said Ben Salzmann, ACUITY President and CEO.

“We place a high priority on helping organizations that provide social services to the community, but we also support children’s organizations, scholastic events, the arts, and many different types of groups and activities,” said Wendy Schuler, ACUITY Vice President – Finance. “We strike a balance between addressing the needs and security of individuals and families and providing general support for the community as a corporate citizen.”

ACUITY’s community support throughout the year also includes in-kind donations and use of the company’s corporate headquarters for charitable events. In addition, ACUITY employees contribute to charitable causes each year though donations of time, money, and much-needed supplies. In the company’s 2014 holiday gift drive, ACUITY staff members donated more than 40 cases filled with gifts and over $1,400 in cash to Sheboygan County Health and Human Services for distribution to local families.

“During the holidays, ACUITY provides toys, clothing, gift cards, hygiene items, food items, and more. It is wonderful to be able to distribute these gifts on ACUITY’s behalf and make the holidays a little more joyous for those less fortunate,” said Pat Prigge, Services Social Worker III and Volunteer Coordinator. “ACUITY’s donations to the Health and Human Services have provided invaluable assistance and support to children, families, and the elderly throughout Sheboygan County for years.”

ACUITY, headquartered in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, is a property and casualty insurer that operates in 23 states, generates over $1.2 billion in revenue through 1,000 independent agencies, and manages over $3 billion in assets. Named the best medium-sized workplace in America by Great Place to Work®, ACUITY employs over 1,000 people.

About Community Insurance Group

Community Insurance Group is one of the largest independent insurance agencies in West Central Ohio with offices located in Sidney, Minster and Fort Loramie. We take pride in offering a wide range of insurance carriers and products, and work hard to create a successful and viable resource our communities can depend on. We specialize in Agribusiness and Farms, Contractors, Energy Dealers, Manufacturers, Trucking, Underground Storage Tanks, and Volunteer Fire Departments.