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Colleagues Donate School Supplies

July 26, 2016 03:59 PM

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Who doesn’t remember the smell of opening a fresh box of crayons, sharpening new pencils or choosing folders with cute puppies or favored superheroes?

Our Colleagues are helping bring some of those memories to life for children at our partner school, Buchanan Elementary. This week, we’re sponsoring a school supply drive to ensure our students have what they need to learn when school resumes Monday.

Bins are filling with reams of wide-ruled paper, boxes of no. 2 pencils and cartons of tissues. Monetary donations also are rolling in.

Most of the students at Buchanan qualify for the free and reduced lunch program, and their families cannot afford to provide the supplies the children need. So Colleagues are filling the gap.

The supply drive is one of our monthly charity day activities in which Colleagues donate at least $2 per month for the privilege of wearing Company T-shirts each Friday. For this drive, many Colleagues go far beyond the $2 per person to help ensure the students have what they need to make learning fun.

How do you support back to school efforts in your community?

Colleagues Support ‘Run to Remember’

April 27, 2016 02:09 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Sunday, thousands of running enthusiasts converged in Oklahoma City to participate in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon, and American Fidelity Colleagues turned out in force to both participate and support the event.

For the 16th year – since the marathon’s inception – American Fidelity hosted a water stop at our buildings on Classen Boulevard to help hydrate and motivate runners in the full marathon, half marathon and marathon relay events. Of the nearly 25,000 participants who traveled down Classen on Sunday, several of them were our Colleagues.

About 50 Colleagues, family members and friends worked at the water stop, which is located about mile 23 of the full marathon, or mile 10 of the half marathon course. Volunteers were on-site from 6 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. to support the runners. The event is known as a “people’s marathon” because it welcomes racers of all skill levels to compete while also serving as a qualifier for the Boston marathon.

AF volunteer organizer Lisa Burchfield thanked Colleagues for giving up their time on a Sunday to support the racers and the “Run to Remember.”

“You made everything look easy,” Lisa wrote in an email to volunteers. “I know that’s because of your dedication to serving the runners and our community as we took time out to remember those lost and wounded in the federal building bombing as well as honor those who worked tirelessly searching through the rubble.”

Volunteers were proud to be part of the event.

“Thank you for the opportunity to volunteer! I had a wonderful time and look forward to helping in the future,” one volunteer said.

Another wrote, “I enjoyed (the opportunity to volunteer) and hope to be able to do more as the year goes by.”

The Memorial Marathon water stop is just one way American Fidelity supports our community. Learn more about other AF volunteer efforts.

Colleagues Go Bald for Childhood Cancer Research 2016

April 4, 2016 07:47 AM

St_Baldricks_Before Today, nine American Fidelity Colleagues are showing off their newly shaved heads after helping the St. Baldrick’s Foundation raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research.

Colleagues have participated in the event for the last several years. This year, the team features nine Colleagues, mostly from the Information Systems Division, who joined the Brethren of Bald team. Together, they’ve raised more than $7,000 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation.

The team members allowed their heads to be shaved on Sunday after collecting donations from fellow Colleagues, family members and friends. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation has funded more than $178 million in research grants in an effort to find treatments and cures for different types of childhood cancer.

According to the organization, more than 175,000 children are diagnosed with some form of cancer every year, and more children die from the disease than all other diseases combined.

The Oklahoma City shaving event is one of hundreds planned nationwide in 2016. Colleague Aaron Stockton served as this year’s Brethren of Bald team captain. He has been shaving his head for the cause for several years. This year’s lone female team member is Brooke Boevers, who is a team leader in our benefits department. Other team members are Steve Gaither, Brian Whitley, John Spaid, Joseph Peters, Anthony Andrews, Lou Harmon and George Nelson. St_Baldricks_After “The event is to help raise awareness and money for underfunded children’s cancer research,” Aaron said. “These grants also help researchers find less invasive and more successful treatments against childhood cancer.”

In addition to taking donations, the team also sold a Brethren of Bald T-shirt, with proceeds going to the cause.

Would you shave your head to help raise money and awareness for childhood cancer research?

Living Our Brand

March 14, 2016 06:06 AM

AF_NEW LOGO_600x210Now that you’ve heard about our new brand and seen our new logo, we want to share what our teams are doing to live the new American Fidelity brand.

Late last year Brand Champions were selected to represent each team in our Company. In February all Colleagues attended brand training and since then our Brand Champions have been conducting follow-up workshops. The workshops are designed to help each team come up with three measurable objectives they would like to meet that will help make things simpler for our Customers. Below are updates from a few areas.

Account Administration

“In our workshops we discussed how we can better serve our special Customers by living the new brand with our daily job functions,” said Brand Champion Shawna Sparks.

Discussions during their workshops included cross-training, being supportive and providing helpful feedback to each other and understanding that the end goal is delighting our Customers with each interaction as representatives of AF.

Customer Service

The Colleagues on floor 7 are doing their part to remain focused on the Customer by holding five workshops, and one of these is being held on a Saturday to ensure phone coverage is not compromised.

“The team is excited for what the different opinion brand means for the future of AF,” said Brand Champions Emily Fasnacht and Kari Geissler.

Enrollment Solutions

The team is currently in the process of conducting their brand workshops and have scheduled four sessions to keep the groups small and friendly.

“We have a number of items already that I believe will make our processes cleaner and quicker, becoming a benefit to our Customers,” said Brand Champion Charlotte Blest.

Disability, Flex, Medical and Production Control

Brand workshops have been held for these groups and they are focused on the Customer’s changing needs.

“Making sure there is a centralized spot for everyone to gather the same data for a Customer is part of not only standardizing guidelines, but also to make sure Customers are getting consistent information,” said Brand Champion Melissa Duggan.

These are updates from just a few of our teams. We are excited to provide a different opinion for our Customers! If you’d like to join our team, check out our job openings and learn about our hiring process

Colleagues Support the Arts

March 7, 2016 02:42 AM

Print It’s not enough to just be a great place to work; our Colleagues also want to ensure our community is a great place to live!

As a result, American Fidelity Colleagues are among the leaders in the community in supporting the arts in the Oklahoma City area. Each spring, we come together to support Allied Arts, which reaches more than 1 million residents in our community and directly impacts the lives of our children, the growth of our economy and the health of our communities.

As a leader in our community, American Fidelity is one of the largest contributors to the Allied Arts annual fundraising campaign. We are also one of the trailblazers in establishing worksite-based campaigns for the Allied Arts member agencies and have been recognized as one of the best models to follow when new organizations want to join the campaign.

The annual campaign provides a way for Colleagues to support Allied Arts through payroll deductions as well as raise funds in other ways. We’ve hosted painting parties, penny wars, fundraising challenges and more. Executives offer to take a cream pie in the face, all to raise money for Allied Arts.

In the coming weeks, Colleagues will have the opportunity to learn more about Allied Arts member agencies during an open house in which agencies will send representatives to American Fidelity to talk about their work. Let us know how you support the arts in your community! 

Living Smart in OKC

February 24, 2016 01:39 AM

LSLogo_2016 Each month AF spotlight’s a Colleague who has made lifestyle changes to be healthier, or a resource that helps our Colleagues do that. Do you live in the OKC metro area and looking for resources in the community to help kick start your wellness journey? Are you thinking about relocating to our growing city? Here’s a list of wellness resources available in the metro, and reasons you should want to join us in OKC!

Looking for opportunities to get moving with others in the community? Here are some great ones!

  • Mesta Festa is held at the historic Mesta Park and usually features free yoga for adults and outdoor games for children.
  • Open Streets OKC closes a busy street to vehicular traffic for a day to encourage walking, biking and other physical activity.
  • Shop Hop on Auto Alley is held every third Thursday of each month and encourages visitors to park their cars and cruise on foot to enjoy open house events at shops, live music and entertainment. They are also encouraged to participate in physical activities, learn about healthy eating and more.

Still looking for reasons to make the move to OKC? Visit our website to see what Oklahoma City has to offer you and be sure to check out our job openings!

AF Offers Different Opinion with New Brand

February 12, 2016 04:08 AM

AF_NEW LOGO_600x210Have you been following our social media pages the past few days? Have you been anxiously waiting to see and hear about our big news? Well, the day is here!

Today we roll out our new brand, American Fidelity, a different opinion. The new American Fidelity brand sets us apart from the competition and enable us to better serve our unique Customers.

The new brand theme, “a different opinion,” positions AF as being different from competitors and the one Customers should always consider when purchasing supplemental benefits.

Our new logo symbolizes this different opinion by raising up a different red bar in contrast to the others which are all the same.The red also happens to be the same color as the Company name, implying that American Fidelity is the different opinion.

With the new brand we understand that our Customers are unique and they deserve a specialist. Our Colleagues have been preparing for this change through brand training, where they have be given detailed research and insight into the brand, the logo and our focus.

Our Customers deserve a specialist. You deserve an Employer of Choice. This is our new recruiting tagline that follows suit with our new brand. We believe our Colleagues are our greatest asset and making sure they work in an environment that is positive helps them provide the best Customer service they can!

Check out our new, streamlined website to learn more and be sure to visit our Careers page to see our current job openings. Learn about our hiring process and get tips on getting hired at American Fidelity.

AF Colleagues Donate Blood

February 8, 2016 02:25 AM

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Last week American Fidelity Colleagues donated blood at our blood drive right here at the office. AF partners with the Oklahoma Blood Institute five times a year to allow our Colleagues to easily and quickly donate. We’ve been hosting blood drives with OBI for 32 years!

On blood drive days Colleagues who donate may wear AF T-shirts to work and are entered in drawings for various prizes.

At AF we are dedicated to our Colleagues, Customers and our community. We are proud to have a group of Colleagues who care and strive to do their best to help.

Help make a difference by donating to the local blood supply. Visit www.obi.org to learn more.

Are you interested in joining the AF team? Check out our OKC job openings and our field sales positions, learn about our hiring process and get tips on getting hired at AF.

Colleagues Support Charity Donations

December 16, 2015 03:37 AM

Chari-Tee Art Only Our Colleagues are a generous group, and they support a wide range of organizations that help locally, nationally and around the globe. Each year, Colleagues are invited to nominate their favorite charities to receive charity donations for one month in the following year. The charities are selected by a random drawing, although the annual school supply drive to benefit our partner school always is one of the designated charity days. Another constant is our Colleague Relief Fund, which provides grants to Colleagues experiencing financial hardship due to natural disasters, medical issues or other calamities. Colleagues then pay $2 each to wear T-shirts on the designated day of the month with proceeds going to the selected charity. About 40 individual charities were nominated for 2016. Take a look at the charities that were selected to receive proceeds in 2016.

January Colleague Relief Fund
February Big Brothers Big Sisters
March Leadership OKC’s Youth Leadership Exchange
April Family Builders
May Water4
June Buchanan Elementary School Supply Drive
July Solo Parent Foundation
August Savannah Station Therapeutic Riding Program
September Ovarian Cancer Research Fund
October Diabetes Solutions of Oklahoma
November Possibilities, Inc.
December Catholic Charities

What charity would you nominate, and why? Tell us in the comments!

Celebrating the Holidays with our Partner School

December 9, 2015 05:22 AM

Buchanan Tutor and Student The Christmas season is special for children everywhere, and our American Fidelity Colleagues love to share the holiday with kids at our partner school, Buchanan Elementary! Each year, our tutors spend their last session before the holidays sharing a gift with the kids. This year, stockings for the students include candy, toys, a tree ornament and more. This week is the last week our tutors will spend with students before the winter break. This semester, about 30 Colleagues have spent 30 minutes each week working with students to help them improve their grades, complete their work and master skills. Whether it’s reading out loud, working on multiplication tables or quizzing the students on spelling words, our Colleagues are showing these students that we care about their success in school. In addition to tutoring students each week, American Fidelity is helping the school in other ways. Last month, Buchanan hosted a math, science and literacy evening for students and their parents. Our Company provided books for each pre-kindergarten and kindergarten student at the school. We’ve also helped the school pay for transportation so all students get to participate in a field trip during the school year. Our Company and our Colleagues are proud to be able to support educators and specifically partner with Buchanan Elementary School to do our part to ensure students at the school receive all the support they need to be successful in the classroom. &