At Ameritas, fulfilling life is what we do every day. This commitment is reflected in being a responsible and contributing member of the communities where we live and work. It is reflected in how we bring our values to life. Our tradition of giving back is embodied in one of our core values: We will serve our communities with purpose.
By volunteering their time, talent and expertise, our associates are truly making a difference. From serving on local community boards and participating in fundraising efforts to impacting young lives through mentoring programs and extending a helpful hand to those in need, the spirit of volunteerism at Ameritas is symbolic of our commitment to fulfilling life.
Fulfilling life is what the Hours Project is all about, giving back to our communities one hour at a time.
The concept behind the Hours Project is simple: It’s about sharing an amazing story of Ameritas associates’ strong commitment to volunteering in the communities where they live and work. In 2015, the results were astounding with associates involved in more than 400 projects and logging over 24,000 hours of community service.
With the dedicated Hours Project website, associates create team or individual projects, recruit team members, manage projects, add event photos and videos, and log their volunteer hours. The system tracks hours per project and overall hours in real time.
Among the myriad projects, associates gathered to prepare meals for a community kitchen; joined the fight against poverty housing by helping build a home; helped clean a camp for under-served youth and families; served breakfast to homeless shelter residents; supported food banks; mentored young people; sorted gifts for the elderly during the holidays, and so much more.
Our ‘Fulfilling Life’ Response to the 2014 Tornadoes in Northeast Nebraska
“I knew I liked my job and had a lot of friends here, but it is so much more... we are a family.” — Jodi Slonecker, Ameritas associate whose family lost their home
On June 16, 2014, several destructive tornados raged through northeast Nebraska. In the Wayne community there were no fatalities, however, in the small community of Pilger two individuals lost their lives. Fortunately, all Ameritas associates from the Wayne office were safe, although two associates’ homes were destroyed and other associates were directly impacted. The next day disaster relief support and encouragement from fellow associates and Ameritas business partners started pouring in.
The Ameritas Community Involvement Council (CIC) initiated several relief efforts to assist the two families that lost their homes. A ‘family fund’ bank account was established for monetary donations. CIC started the Northeast Nebraska Community Relief T-shirt fundraiser, selling more than 1,000 t-shirts. Plus, CIC netted over $1,100 from a garage and bake sale, and hosted a fund-raising barbeque, attended by 350 people, where they collected nearly $4,000.
A long-standing business partner of Ameritas also contributed to the family fund. Lincoln associates collected and arranged for delivery of relief supplies for families’ immediate needs. Ameritas associates from across the country sent gift cards, monetary donations and notes of support. Associates who volunteered in the tornado relief and clean-up effort logged 330 hours to the Hours Project, demonstrating how much they impact lives through their heart-felt actions.
In partnership with University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Dentistry, more than 5,000 children have been provided dental services valued at $2.5 million.
This project brings adults into the classroom and helps inspire children to become better readers. Since implementation, nearly 3,000 second graders have participated.
Twenty-one participants ran 24/7 for four days in relay fashion across the state in 2014 to raise awareness of the need for adult mentors for Nebraska’s youth.