This week, June 24–28, nearly 500 Symetra employees will roll up their sleeves and tackle volunteer projects throughout the Puget Sound region and across the country for the fifth-annual Symetra Week of Service. Employees will take time from their work day to volunteer on behalf of 38 nonprofit organizations — 23 in the Greater Seattle area. Symetra employee volunteers have contributed nearly 5,000 Week of Service hours since the program’s inception. “As we kick off our Week of Service, this much-anticipated annual tradition gives us a chance to connect with our colleagues and make a positive impact in the community through hands-on service,” said Tom Marra, Symetra president and CEO, who will be among the employee volunteers. “The Week of Service is a time to break from our work routines and join forces to help our nonprofit partners who do so much good in the community.” Here are the 2013 Symetra Week of Service nonprofit partners and activities in the Puget Sound area: American Heart Association of Puget Sound Volunteers will make handmade cards for kids undergoing treatment at Seattle Children’s Hospital. American Red Cross Serving King & Kitsap Counties Volunteers will assemble workplace preparedness kits and do outdoor work at the Red Cross offices. ArtsFund Volunteers will assist with general office work. Atlantic Street Center Volunteers will clean, organize and landscape the Center's headquarters building. Bellevue Family YMCA Volunteers will organize and facilitate a field day for preschoolers and clean the Kirkland Teen Union building. City of Kirkland Volunteers will mark messages on storm drains to remind residents that chemicals should not be poured into drains. Forterra Volunteers will remove blackberry bushes and other invasive plants and help with plant maintenance at Patterson Creek Preserve. Green Kirkland Partnership Volunteers will remove invasive blackberry bushes at Cotton Hill Park and Juanita Bay Park.
Green Plate SpecialVolunteers will do gardening work for the cooking and food-growing program. Hopelink Volunteers will harvest locally grown food in Carnation for food banks. Imagine Children's Museum Volunteers will paint the interior of the museum. King County Parks Volunteers will assist with a restoration project to control invasive vegetation in the Maple Heights-Lake Desire area. Kirkland Senior Center Volunteers will clean the Center’s kitchen. Larsen Lake Blueberry Farm Volunteers will resurface trails at this City of Bellevue park. Little Bit Therapeutic Riding Center Volunteers will get the Redmond center ready for horse shows by cleaning, weeding and sweeping. The Medic One Foundation Volunteers will assemble Vial of L.I.F.E. kits. Ronald McDonald House of Western Washington & Alaska Volunteers will clean, organize and do yardwork at this facility for families with children being treated at Seattle Children's Hospital. Seattle Children’s Hospital Team Seattle Volunteers will help set up a tent, greet spectators and pass out water during the annual Kart Race. Seattle Humane Society Volunteers will spread bark on the dogs' walking trails and paint curbs in the parking lot at the Bellevue facility. Symetra Bellevue Family 4 th Volunteers will help set up for the event the day before and hand out balloons and giveaways on July 4. Technology Access Foundation Volunteers will paint, frame artwork and do yardwork. Vision House Volunteers will paint and do yardwork for this transitional housing organization. YouthCare Volunteers will make fleece blankets, and prepare and serve lunch to homeless youth. Follow Symetra’s Week of Service activities on Facebook at www.facebook.com/Symetra. To learn more about the company’s community programs, visit www.symetra.com/community. About Symetra Symetra Financial Corporation (NYSE: SYA) is a diversified financial services company based in Bellevue, Wash. In business since 1957, Symetra provides employee benefits, annuities and life insurance through a national network of benefit consultants, financial institutions, and independent agents and advisors. For more information, visit www.symetra.com.