The employees of Merchants Insurance Group contributed more $512,900 from 1999 through 2018 to charities, with more than $35,900 raised in 2018.
The organizations supported were chosen through employee suggestions, and the employees raised funds through activities such as “dress-down” days, raffles and split clubs. The activities are organized and managed by Merchants’ employees through their C.I.A., or Colleagues in Action, committee, which accepts nominations for non-profits throughout the year.
Sixty nonprofits were supported in 2018, including Cradle Beach Camp, the Food Bank of WNY, Mercy Flight, the Pet Emergency Fund, Footprints of the Heart, and UNYTS, among others. The company also held special fundraisers for victims of Hurricane Florence, as well as two special holiday projects for Cornerstone Manor (of the Buffalo City Mission), and Western New York Children’s Psychiatric Center.
Merchants Insurance Group offers personal and commercial insurance through a network of more than 1,000 independent insurance agents throughout the Northeast and North Central United States. With corporate headquarters and regional operations located in Buffalo, N.Y., Merchants also operates offices in Hauppauge, N.Y.; Mount Laurel, N.J.; and Bedford, N.H. Merchants’ website can be accessed at www.merchantsgroup.com.