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United Way Awareness Days at AF

September 14, 2015 04:12 AM

UWshirt-Tropical-Blue At American Fidelity, we wrapped up our United Way campaign exceeding our donation goal of $485,000. This year, we want to make sure our Colleagues continue to think about the United Way and the agencies that help our local community. To do this, we’ve started United Way Awareness Days on the second Friday of each month. Our Colleagues are able to wear any United Way or United Way-sponsored T-shirt and an agency is featured on our intranet that day. To raise a little extra money for our campaign, we sold American Fidelity United Way T-shirts to our Colleagues and all proceeds went toward the campaign. Our first awareness day was last Friday, and the Oklahoma Foundation for the Disabled was featured. The organization provides transportation, food and other care for disabled adults. Daily services including transportation, nutrition and activities are offered for just $45, and financial assistance is available for those who need it. What United Way agencies would you like to learn more about? Let us know in the comments. It might turn up on our next awareness day!

AFA and United Way

August 3, 2015 04:25 AM

668748787 Our United Way campaign officially kicked off last Thursday and will run through Aug. 7. Prior to the start of the campaign, our Colleagues participated in the Pacesetter Games and went on early bird agency tours. Last week we held our agency fair. Various United Way agencies set up at AFA and Colleagues had the opportunity to go to each booth to learn more about them. See what agencies we had a chance to learn about.

This week Colleagues have the chance to go on agency tours at Sunbeam Family Services, Senior Shelter, Foundation for the Disabled, Citizens Caring for Children and the YWCA Shelter. Would you like to work for a Company that supports local community organizations? Check out our Home Office job openings in OKC and our field sales positions. Apply today or share our open positions with your friends.

Colleagues Support Partner School

June 29, 2015 06:18 AM
School Supply Drive Sign It seems pretty early in the summer to be thinking about school supplies, but Oklahoma City Schools start back in just over a month! Each year, we host a school supply drive to help ensure students at our partner school, Buchanan Elementary, have what they need to begin the school year. Colleagues donate paper, pencils, folders, glue, crayons and more to the cause. Our annual drive wrapped up Friday. Colleagues contributed more than $1,300 plus about three large boxes of supplies. In addition to the school supply drive, we support Buchanan in a variety of other ways. About 40 Colleagues go to Buchanan once a week during the school year to tutor a student. I was able to work with the same student for three years! He graduated last year, so I’m looking forward to meeting a new student this year. In the past, we have helped pay for new playground equipment, purchased spelling workbooks and supplied buses for a field trip. Some Colleagues have thrown class parties to celebrate their students’ birthdays or provided money for classroom projects. Our partnership with the Oklahoma City Thunder also has benefited Buchanan. Earlier this year, the school hosted the 100,000th book celebration with the Rolling Thunder book bus. Our relationship with Buchanan Elementary dates back to the 2006-07 school year, and we hope it continues for many years to come!

Community Activities Abound in April

March 30, 2015 07:56 AM
VolunteerShirt2013(Final) Can you believe the end of March is already here? On Wednesday, we usher in the month of April, and along with it a plethora of activities that our Colleagues will support in the community. Here’s a look at some of the happenings supported by our Company and Colleagues. March 9 through May 12 – We’ll be lacing up our bowling shoes to help raise money for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma during Bowl for Kids' Sake. Several American Fidelity teams participate in the event each year. April 1 – Community Literacy Center’s Literacy Live luncheon. The annual fundraiser highlights the achievements of students in the adult literacy program while helping raise awareness and funding to help more adults learn to read or speak English. The event will explore the question, “What would you miss most” if you couldn’t read? April 2 – A pair of Colleagues will attend Cameron University President’s Partners Celebration. The President’s Partners support scholarships and other educational enhancements for the university in Lawton. April 11-12 – The Redbud Classic hits the streets to promote fun, fitness and philanthropy. The two-day event incorporates biking, running and other activities. This year’s beneficiary is the Boys and Girls Club of Oklahoma County. April 12 – Bald heads will show up around the American Fidelity Home Office following the annual St. Baldrick’s fundraiser to support childhood cancer research. More than a half dozen Colleagues participate in the shaving event each year. April 26 – The Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon brings more than 25,000 participants from around the world to celebrate life in conjunction with the anniversary of the federal building bombing in Oklahoma City. Dozens of Colleagues run in the event or serve as volunteers for a water stop. Our Colleagues never shy away from getting involved in activities that improve the quality of life in our community. What are your favorite spring activities?

AFA Colleagues Support CASA of Oklahoma County

March 25, 2015 04:34 AM
Chari-teeDay On Friday, I will join other Colleagues in wearing a T-shirt to show support for this month’s featured charity, CASA of Oklahoma County. The mission of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Oklahoma County is to provide trained court-appointed volunteers who advocate for the best interest of abused and neglected children in the Oklahoma County juvenile court system. The advocates work to ensure the best interests of the children are met and that the children receive all the services they need from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. They ensure the children’s voices are heard in court, at school and in the community. In 2013, more than 11,000 children were living in foster homes in Oklahoma; more than one third of those in Oklahoma County. About 200 volunteer advocates represent more than 700 children each year. Still, many children in Oklahoma County face their court cases without an advocate looking out for their best interests. Learn more about the organization from its website. I’m so proud to work for a Company and with fellow Colleagues who actively work to improve the quality of life in our community. Individually, we don’t have to donate a large amount, but collectively, we can have a huge impact! How important is it to you to work for a Company that supports charitable causes? In what ways does your Company contribute to the community? &

Colleagues Support the Children’s Center

February 23, 2015 07:20 AM
Chari-teeDay On the last Friday of each month, our Colleagues pay $2 to a selected charity and are allowed to wear T-shirts for the day. This month, we’re supporting The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital. The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital is a private, non-profit hospital that offers 24-hour medical care, comprehensive rehabilitative therapies, respiratory care and special education. The state-of-the-art facility is home to four main areas of service: Complex Care, Pediatric Medical Rehabilitation, Pediatric Clinic and Outpatient Therapy Services. Assisting families with their challenges and questions is a significant part of the center’s treatment efforts, with parents considered an essential part of the team of caregivers. The goal for patients at The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital is to be ready and equipped go home to their loving families. Each fall, Colleagues nominate organizations to receive proceeds from the next year’s monthly charity days. In addition to receiving proceeds from the charity day, different departments in the past have supported The Children’s Center Rehabilitation Hospital through personal donations and fundraising events such as bake sales. The American Fidelity Foundation also selected the group for its annual $25,000 Cameron Family Award in 2014. We are proud to be able to support the charities closest to the hearts of our Colleagues. What are some of your favorite charitable organizations?

Holiday Season Brings out the Best in Colleagues

December 10, 2014 02:36 AM
ISD City Rescue Mission Donation What is it about the holidays that make us want to help others? While the concept isn’t exclusive to American Fidelity, our Colleagues certainly come out in force to demonstrate it. The generosity of fellow Colleagues is one of the things that makes AFA such a great place to work. Here’s a look at what a few of our departments are doing to support others during the holiday season. It’s certainly not a comprehensive list.
  • Colleagues from the Information Systems Division hosted a bake sale and then a donation drive. They raised $1,000 and donated it to City Rescue Mission just before Thanksgiving. The organization provides food and shelter for the homeless in Oklahoma City.
  • The Oklahoma City office of American Public Life collected supplies for the OK Kids Korral, an organization that provides lodging and support for families whose children are receiving cancer treatments at the Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center.
  • The Strategic Development Division is hosting a food drive to benefit the Youth Services of Oklahoma County’s SKIL program. Supporting Kids in Independent Living supports high school students living on their own. The food drive will help fill their pantry so the teens have plenty to eat during the holidays when school is out. Representatives from the division will deliver donations on Monday.
  •  Worksite Group Colleagues created an Angel Tree in conjunction with the Salvation Army. Colleagues purchased gifts for families who otherwise may not have had a very merry Christmas.
Check out some of the ways Colleagues support our community throughout the year. & & & & & &

2015 Charity Day Schedule Set

November 24, 2014 03:22 AM
Chari-teeDay In November, our thoughts naturally turn to giving thanks for the wonderful things going on in our lives. Sometimes, those things are a result of help we received from a non-profit organization, and we want to thank them in return. American Fidelity gives Colleagues an opportunity to do that through our charity day program. Each fall, Colleagues are invited to nominate their favorite charities to receive proceeds from monthly days designated for charity. Colleagues pay $2 each to wear a T-shirt on the designated day, and all the funds collected are donated to that month’s featured charity. Colleagues support a wide variety of charities, and it shows during the annual charity lottery. Nearly 50 organizations were nominated for the 2015 charity day schedule. They then were selected randomly to be featured as the charity of the month. Two dates are set automatically – in January, we’ll support the Colleague Relief Fund, which provides financial assistance for Colleagues experiencing hardships; and in June we host our annual school supply drive for our partner school, Buchanan Elementary. Here are the groups that will receive funds from American Fidelity Colleagues in 2015.
Jan. 30 Colleague Relief Fund
Feb. 27 The Children's Center Rehabilitation Center
March 27 CASA of Oklahoma County
April 24 Ally's House
May 29 No Boundaries International
June 26 Buchanan School Supply Drive
July 31 Angels Foster Care Oklahoma
Aug. 28 Friends of the Shelter Foundation

What's Happening at AFA │ Celebrating Family and Philanthropy

September 22, 2014 02:37 AM
AFA Family and Charity Event This past weekend, more than 800 Colleagues, family members and friends enjoyed American Fidelity’s fall family charity event, the Famboree, on the grounds of our new building. From the looks of things, everyone had so much fun! The kids enjoyed a petting zoo, face painting, a pinewood derby and all kinds of games. I was amazed by how many pies my supervisor’s daughter ate in the Pie Eating Contest! After I enjoyed a tasty lunch from one of American Fidelity’s favorite food trucks, I spent part of the afternoon dancing to the tunes of Banana Seat, a local band I’ve loved for years. Several of my Colleagues and their families took tours of the new office space. The new, modern space will make collaboration between Colleagues even easier. Plus, the outdoor space, which includes ponds, walking trails and a pavilion, will provide great options for some fresh air at lunchtime. As you may recall, Colleagues were able to vote for a local nonprofit organization to receive a special donation from American Fidelity. Colleagues selected Positive Tomorrows, an elementary school for homeless children in Oklahoma City, as the top charity. Representatives from Positive Tomorrows joined us for the event, so we were able to learn more about the wonderful work this group does in our hometown. Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Possibilities also received donations from AFA. My family enjoyed meeting my Colleagues and was impressed that my Company organized such a fun event. Are you looking for a new opportunity with a family-friendly company?  Check out our current openings at our home office and in the field. &

American Fidelity Helps Recognize Top Teachers

September 17, 2014 02:26 AM
Jason Proctor Many of American Fidelity’s Customers are educators, so we’re always excited when we get the opportunity to recognize some of the top talents in the profession. That was the case yesterday when the Oklahoma State Department of Education named the 2015 Teacher of the Year. Tahlequah High School math teacher Jason Proctor earned top honors. In his acceptance, he praised the other 11 finalists, and said he wasn’t sure how the committee selected any of them over another. They could have drawn names from a hat and any of the finalists would have been deserving of the honor. Proctor credited relationships throughout his life for helping him become a better teacher. “Years ago I learned that the results I witnessed from students directly correlated to the relationships I built with those students,” he said. “Developing a foundation of trust and genuine concern has been my goal with any and all students who are open.” Finalists represented all corners of the state and every age of student, from pre-kindergarten to high school senior. Other finalists are:
  • Tonya Lynn Boyle, fifth-grade teacher from H. Cecil Rhoades Elementary in the Broken Arrow Public Schools
  • Cynthia Brown, English and humanities teacher from Piedmont High School
  • Roger Clement, science teacher from Noble High School
  • Amber L. Elder, first- and second-grade teacher at James L. Dennis Elementary in Putnam City Schools
  • Adam Forester, science teacher for Bethany High School
  • Monica Hodgden, pre-kindergarten teacher at Woodward Early Childhood Center
  • James LeGrand, history teacher at Altus High School
  • Jennifer Luttmer, second-grade teacher at Liberty Elementary in the Sallisaw Public Schools
  • Romney Nesbitt, art teacher for Jenks West Intermediate School
  • Diane Walker, history and government teacher for Muskogee High School
  • LeaAnn J. Wyrick, geography teacher for McCall Middle School in Atoka
Proctor will follow in the footsteps of 2014 Teacher of the Year Peter Markes of Edmond Public Schools. The high school orchestra teacher posted blogs about his experiences throughout the year, and his final entry was posted on Monday.