Individuals interested in participating in Allstate Give Back Day 2013 in their own communities can visit www.allstate.com/GiveBackDay to find local volunteer opportunities through VolunteerMatch, an online search engine which promotes volunteerism and civic engagement by matching volunteers with charitable organizations and non-profits. The website also hosts the profiles of each of the Give Back Day Heroes, including exclusive video interviews with each hero on their community involvement and the driving forces behind their dedication to service.
2013 Allstate Give Back Day Heroes
Joseph Cole, Nashville – As a young student at Overton High School, Nashville native Joseph Cole dreamed of working in the construction industry. His involvement in Nashville's ACE (Architecture, Construction and Engineering) Mentor program throughout high school inspired Cole to earn his degree in architecture from the University of Tennessee. During his time there, he also earned the Chancellor's Gene Mitchell Gray Pioneer Award for improving diversity throughout the campus, and was instrumental in reactivating a National Organization of Minority Architecture Students chapter. Cole was also active in INROADS, an organization established to develop and place talented underserved youth in business and industry. Upon graduation, Cole landed a position with Thomas, Miller and Partners in Brentwood, Tenn. He now serves as a mentor at ACE and continues to work towards increasing diversity in his industry while serving as a role model for students of all backgrounds who are interested in architecture.
Margaret Dixon, Oakland – Margaret Dixon is a retired police officer from the Oakland Police Department after serving 25 years in the department in her hometown. Currently, Dixon is an instructor in the Administration of Justice program at Merritt College. In addition to teaching, Dixon is the Oakland Police Activities League (PAL) board president, a non-profit program that serves at-risk boys and girls in Oakland by providing afterschool activities and various sports opportunities. Dixon spends countless hours volunteering to create positive and safe programs for Oakland's youth. She has served as head coach of the Oakland PAL track team, which she also founded. The PAL track team has allowed hundreds of Oakland youth to travel beyond the city limits, a first-time experience for many kids in her program. Every year, more than 100 boys and girls, ages 5-18 years old, register to run for PAL, and many of those boys and girls continue running in high school and college. Dixon has had the opportunity to guide several of her athletes to receive college athletic scholarships.Jackie Lomax, Chicago – Chicago native Jackie Lomax is the founder of Girls 4 Science (G4S), a non-profit organization dedicated to helping 10-18-year-old girls of minority descent in the Chicago area learn, appreciate and develop a lifelong interest in science, education and careers. Inspired by her daughter who dreamed of becoming a dentist but didn't have the resources to achieve her dream, Lomax created an environment that would make math and science more accessible to underserved girls by offering field trips, scholarships, mentoring and hands-on learning. Lomax's hope is that through G4S, the only all-girls math and science program in Chicago, girls will no longer be left behind in the fields of science and technology due to lack of money or resources. To date, almost 300 girls have participated in the program. Her passion for helping underserved communities continues with the Chicago Roseland Development Coalition, where she serves as a board member and career counselor. Freedom Wright, Atlanta – A former foster child, Freedom Wright, is a high school senior from Atlanta who knows what it means to wonder how she will get her next meal or clothes. That's one reason why the 17-year-old, who was adopted at the age of four, decided to help other children living in the foster care system by holding "Free Your Mind" backpack drives benefitting foster children in her area. Wright's goal is to not only raise awareness of older children living in foster care, but also to encourage Atlanta's youth to volunteer. To help further this effort, Wright also speaks to community groups about the foster care experience. Wright has earned the Presidential Service Award the past four years for her efforts as a regular volunteer at The Atlanta Community Food Bank, The Atlanta Fulton County Library and St. Francis Table, a soup kitchen in Atlanta that feeds the homeless. About Allstate 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. Widely known by its slogan "You're In Good Hands With Allstate ®," Allstate offers insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com and 1-800 Allstate ®. As part of Allstate's commitment to strengthen local communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and the corporation provided $28 million in 2011 to thousands of nonprofit organizations and important causes across the United States. SOURCE Allstate