May 28, 2014 04:43 AM
Last year, several tornados pummeled the Oklahoma City metro area where the majority of our Colleagues live. Many of them had severe damage to their homes, and some were destroyed. Members of the American Fidelity family rallied to help, and a temporary fund was created to provide financial assistance for Colleagues who lost so much during that 10-day period. After the dust settled and the rebuilding was underway, we began to realize that not all storms that Colleagues face are widespread. The serious illnesses, house fires and other catastrophic events may be more personal, but they are no less devastating. So we began to look at ways to provide a permanent fund to help Colleagues through catastrophic events. We have partnered with the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma to administer the Colleague Relief Fund. Now, Colleagues can apply for assistance if they are experiencing a serious illness, have been in a major accident or are going through some other catastrophic event that causes economic hardship for them. We’ll provide opportunities for Colleagues to donate to the fund so it’s there when it’s needed. American Fidelity also will add funding if needed. We’re proud to be able to help. That’s what families do. What are some ways other companies work together to help their employees?