Allstate agency secures 253K grant

West Virginia Allstate agency owners recently joined with others from across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to secure a $253,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grant to benefit 15 domestic violence nonprofits in nine states and the District of Columbia, including the YWCA of Wheeling.

The National Network to End Domestic Violence, a network of state domestic violence coalitions, accepted the grant and distributed the funding to each of the local domestic violence nonprofits.

The YWCA of Wheeling will receive $8,000 and will use the grant to support its mission to help survivors of domestic violence in the Ohio, Marshall and Wetzel Counties by providing assistance such as legal court advocates, child advocates, employability advocates and other essential services.

“We’re so grateful to the Allstate volunteers in our area for their commitment to help domestic violence survivors and their families as they take steps to safety,” said Patricia Flanigan, YCWA Family Violence Prevention program director. “This grant will allow us to provide critical services and empower even more survivors of domestic violence and promote a violence-free world.”

Allstate volunteers earned the $253,000 grant for their local domestic violence organizations by collecting items during a supply drive held in November and December, coinciding with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence. The supply drive was part of a multi-state Allstate Foundation Purple Purse effort that benefited nonprofits supporting survivors of domestic violence throughout Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and West Virginia.

“With one in four women experiencing domestic violence in her lifetime, this is an issue that affects every community, including Wheeling,” said Allstate Capital Region spokesperson Shaundra Turner Jones. “We’re proud to give back through the volunteer efforts of these local Allstate agency owners and The Allstate Foundation grants to help further the work of the YWCA of Wheeling to help survivors gain what all people deserve — a life free of violence, a safe home and a more hopeful future.”

Participating Allstate agency owner volunteers from West Virginia include Christopher Boyce, Fairmont; Gary Dietz, Wheeling; Gary Kelley, Martinsburg; Joyia Lytle, Weirton; Tara Miller, Berkley; Amber Ritchie, Kearneysville; Brian Schnopp, Morgantown; and John Shepherd, Martinsburg.

The National Network to End Domestic Violence and the YWCA of Wheeling are among thousands of organizations this year to receive Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grants secured by Allstate agency owners and financial specialists for their volunteer efforts.