Employees at Protective Life Insurance Company in Syracuse, New York, helped Syracuse City International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) warm the hearts – and bodies – of young children in need by raising money toward the firefighters’ Operation Warm program.
On one of July’s hottest days in Birmingham, Alabama, a team of Protective Life Corporation employees quickly battled a mass of overgrown shrubbery and trees, giving a fresh look to the mission camp.
David Loper, Senior Vice President and Counsel at Protective Life Corporation, loves rolling up his sleeves for the Birmingham Zoo.
The circumstances that bring women to shelters like First Light have changed. Director of volunteer services Deborah Everson calls it a stew of factors, and the recipe looks something like this: “1 cup mental illness, 3 dashes of joblessness, 2 scoops of addiction to medication to deal with the mental illness.” She shares this recipe for homelessness to church groups, organizations and businesses, hoping to offer insight into an issue that is perceived by most as “someone else’s problem.” And it is “until that stew happens in their families,” she adds. And when it does, First Light is there to help. In the 1980s when First Light was just a volunteer-operated emergency night shelter for women and children located in the basement of First Presbyterian Church in downtown Birmingham, Alabama, it was easy to describe the face of homelessness. “They were bag ladies. Single women. Alcoholics or prostitutes,” Everson says.…
This August, Dr. Laura Fiveash stood at the doors of the Spring Valley School and welcomed students into this special school’s new home.
It’s not every day that someone gets to dig into Birmingham’s history — literally. But in May, that’s exactly what volunteers from Protective Life did.