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News: Sterling Insurance Group named Change Agent WINNER in Safeco social media giving competition

By August 27, 2018July 24th, 2019Award, News

Sterling Insurance Group named Change Agent WINNER in Safeco social media giving competition


Congratulations, Gleaners Community Food Bank!

Sterling Insurance Group is proud to announce it has won Safeco Insurance’s Change Agent award for 2018. The prize: $2,000 for the non-profit of its choice, Gleaners Community Food Bank.

Thank you to all who helped Sterling win the competition for Gleaners!

Sterling Insurance Group was 1 of 10 finalists in the competition, and 1 of only 2 agencies in the Midwest region. On Friday, August 24 – Safeco announced that Sterling Insurance Group had won the Safeco Change Agent Fighting Hunger Award.

“We could not be more proud of our team for the work they did to win this prize for Gleaners – an organization very dear to our hearts,” said Joe Haney, President of Sterling Insurance Group.

“It’s hard to think of a more deserving organization that fights hunger in Southeast Michigan everyday,” said Haney.

Fighting Hunger

The theme of the award was Fighting Hunger. As a finalist, Sterling was competing in a social media contest against other insurance agencies across the country for a donation to its non-profit of choice. The social media competition ran from Monday, Aug. 20th at 2PM EST, to Friday, Aug. 24th at 4PM EST.

To win, Sterling Insurance Group’s photo posted in Safeco’s Facebook album had to receive the most likes, reactions and comments. Fans of Sterling and Gleaners helped Sterling win the competition for Gleaners Community Food Bank, by commenting, liking and reacting to the photo. Find the album with Sterling’s photo here.

About the photo

Sterling Insurance Group’s philanthropy committee – the Sterling Cares Committee – rounded up employees to volunteer last month at Gleaners Community Food Bank, something the agency does multiple times a year. Sterling Insurance Group employees rolled up their sleeves and ended up having the best time volunteering! Working with Gleaners, Sterling’s representatives assisted in putting truckloads of donated vegetable puree to good use by turning it into a delicious veggie sauce. Additionally, Sterling’s Summer Food Drive brought in hundreds of pounds of goods for Gleaners to distribute to those across Southeast Michigan in need of sufficient and nutritious food and related resources.

A culture of giving back

Before the Food Drive and volunteer day, Sterling Insurance Group teamed up with Insurance carriers across the board and donated over $7,000 to Upper Peninsula neighbors after devastating floods hit the area. Read more about this contribution on the Sterling Insurance Group blog.

This spring, Sterling Insurance Group sent multiple boxes of food, books, magazines, games and other items to an employee’s son’s platoon, stationed in Afghanistan.

Looking ahead, Sterling plans to assist underprivileged children around Christmas time. Additionally, they will donate to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) this fall.


Thank you to all who made this award possible! Sterling Insurance Group could not be more excited to present this prize to Gleaners Community Food Bank. Learn more about Gleaners and get involved with their mission to end hunger today: click here