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United Way Day of Caring 2024

Merchants Insurance Group colleagues at the Erie County Department of Health, ready to assemble blizzard kits on United Way Day of Caring

Volunteers at the Erie County Department of Health

On June 18, 2024, Merchants corporate colleagues joined volunteers from all over the Western New York region to participate in United Way’s annual Day of Caring! Day of Caring is a single-day volunteer event that encourages companies to participate in local community service projects. This year’s event had over 2,000 participants helping with 100+ projects around Western New York!

28 colleagues from Merchants assisted with two community projects:

  • At the Erie County Department of Health, located in Getzville, New York, colleagues joined other local volunteers to assemble 5,000 blizzard kits for neighbors in need.
  • At Catholic Charities’ Russell J. Salvatore Food Pantry location in Lackawanna, colleagues painted the Lactation Room and Women, Infants & Children (WIC) space.

Day of Caring 2024 Participants

Merchants colleagues who volunteered for Day of Caring 2024 included: Jack Behlmaier (Sr. Quality Control Admin), Joe Cardinale (Litigation Adjuster I), Shanell Casiano (APD Claim Adjuster I), Stacey Clause (Multi-Line Adjuster I), Angela Collins (Multi-Line Adjuster I), Simone Crittenden (Sr. Agency Service Analyst), Erica Dalton (Marketing Supervisor), Larry DiaPaul (Sr. Corporate Underwriter), Cheryl Dunmyer (Commercial Lines Underwriter I), Jo Eberts (Graphic Design & Digital Media Specialist), Davene Fayson (Underwriter Assistant III), Megan Hagner (Corporate Actuary), John Lammers (.Net Developer II), Kyra-Jade Lewis (Video Production Strategist), Lynette Lott (Associate Underwriter), Megan Makula (IT Systems Analyst I), Michelle Marinkovic (Commercial Lines Underwriter I), Bonnie Mikula (Supervisor, IT Business Services), Lindsey Miller (Manager, Accounting), Jennifer Nguyen (Data Report Analyst I), April Noe (Underwriter Trainee), Roselle Patterson (Claim Support Tech), Rachel Reid (Supervisor, Support Center), Tim Rentschler (Manager, Litigation), Noah Schoelermann (Business Analyst), Jennifer Short (Multi-Line Adjuster I), Liberty Snyder (Accounting Assistant II), Nicole Taylor (IT Systems Analyst I), and Katherine Trautwein (Content Marketing Specialist).

Support for United Way

Merchants Insurance Group is proud to support United Way and its impact on our local communities. In addition to participating in Day of Caring with the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, Merchants colleagues contribute to important United Way initiatives across our regions each year through e-pledge donations and fundraising events during our annual United Way campaign.

Read our recap of the 2023 United Way campaign here: A Look Back on Merchants’ 2023 United Way Campaign

United Way logo ("United Way" with circle icon featuring hand holding person icon)

Gallery | Day of Caring 2024

Erie County shared a video recap of the Day of Caring project at the Erie County Department of Health. Check it out here: Erie County Teams Up with United Way for the Day of Caring 
Katherine Trautwein

Merchants Insurance Group

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