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Making a Difference: Colleagues Tutor at Buchanan

September 14, 2016 09:58 AM

TutorsTodd L. and Megan V.

One of the highlights of my week is every Thursday morning when I get to head over to Buchanan Elementary School and spend 30 minutes helping a fourth-grader with his classwork.

 

I’m one of about 30 Colleagues who goes to the school each week to tutor and mentor a student. I love that American Fidelity gives me the time away from the office to make a difference in this child’s life.

 

This is my second year tutoring this student, and I hope to be able to work with him for the rest of his time at Buchanan.

 

While I do believe I help him better understand reading, math and social studies, my biggest impact on his life probably isn’t seen in the gradebook. This child now gets one-on-one attention each week from an adult who values his education. As a child whose mother works until 11 p.m. each night, he doesn’t often get help with his homework. But I’m there every week to help in areas he’s struggling, and to let him know that his success is important to me.

 

We don’t always talk only about school. I know he’s grounded for throwing a baseball through the window, and that he’s looking forward to spending time with his uncle and grandmother later this year. For 30 minutes each week, I can specialize in helping this child feel like what he does matters to other people.

 

That, more than the work we do in the books, will stick with him as he moves out of Buchanan and through the rest of his life.

 

What are you doing to make a difference in your community?

Let Social Media Help You Find the Right Job

January 28, 2015 03:00 AM
InformationWeek American Fidelity and other companies are turning to social networking sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn to assist in their recruiting and hiring efforts. As a job seeker, these sites can wire you directly into an ongoing stream of recruiting news and information, giving you a competitive edge in applying for the perfect job. Here are just a few tips on how you can use social media in your job hunt.
  • Think of a few ideal companies you’d like to work for. Make a point to seek out all of their social media outlets and follow them.
  • LinkedIn is an especially useful tool, as it gives employers like AFA, an opportunity to connect directly with potential candidates whose online resume fits an open position. This process is called “passive” recruiting because the potential candidate may not be “actively” seeking new employment. Keep your profile up to date, and check in for news frequently.
  • Keep your online presence professional. You never know who’s watching you online, so it’s best to keep anything you wouldn’t want potential employers to see private.
  • Social media is an ideal venue for networking and communicating with professional contacts who can potentially lend a hand in your job search. Reach out and seek advice from those you admire professionally.
  • A company’s social media presence can give you a window into their corporate culture, values and mission before you even step in the door for your first interview. This information may guide your decision-making process during the job hunt.
AFA recruiters have been actively taking advantage of these tools, and that’s why I’d like to invite you to follow our recruiting sites on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn to see our most recent openings and learn more about why American Fidelity is such a great place to work. If you’re interested in learning more about how we use social media, make sure to check out this interview with AFA recruiter Alejandra Campos. Be sure to like AFA Careers on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to see our most recent openings and hottest jobs.

AFA Establishes Fund for Colleagues in Need

May 28, 2014 04:43 AM
charitybank 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?