Allianz Creates Human Chain of Giving in Golden Valley
Hundreds of employees from Golden Valley-based, Allianz, lined up Friday afternoon to create a human chain. The human chain moves donations into trucks where they are shipped to families in need.
“This really is the culmination of months of work,” says Allianz CEO Walter White. “Both from the employees that organize it and all the employees who make donations over a concentrated multi-week period. Mostly though, today is the celebration.”
Making the Holiday Joyful For all
With smiling faces and full hearts, Allianz employees are doing their part to make sure others can enjoy the holidays as much as they do.
“I think it’s important for people to know that companies are a part of the community,” added White. “Companies want to support local businesses, local activities, and local nonprofits. I think this is just an example of what companies can do through the generosity of their employees.”
Allianz donated 20,000 pounds of food and more than $70,000 to the nonprofit, PRISM.
“That $73,000 that was donated allows us to purchase the perishables that are needed,” says Michelle Ness of PRISM. “This donation allows us to be able to have the case-management staff that can be one-on-one with every single family to understand their needs.”
Allianz has been donating to local charities for nearly a decade. The human chain has always been a part of the fun. It brings employees and community members closer together.
“It’s a combination of just general interest in supporting the community,” added White. ”The idea that we come together and work together to load the trucks it’s both symbolic and really fulfilling.”
The best part about all of this is that every single donation will stay right here in the Twin Cities. Allianz says this year’s human chain moved faster than it ever has before.