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Community Investment Mission
Westfield's commitment to community investment and business success is built on sharing knowledge and building trust. We achieve success by strengthening public awareness and understanding of insurance. At Westfield, our people play an active role in improving the quality of life in each community where Westfield operates.

Our Focus Areas

Home ownership
Westfield partners with housing groups and nonprofit organizations to provide both financial and volunteer assistance to prospective homeowners on how to buy, build, revitalize, finance and insure homes. Through Westfield's involvement with Habitat for Humanity, employees, retirees, spouses and friends lend a helping hand so families can achieve their dream of home ownership.  Programs are pre-selected for support by Westfield Insurance; unsolicited requests are not accepted at this time.
  • Habitat for Humanity - Westfield volunteers have donated time and energy to help build 20 homes. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that has earned broad-based support for a unique approach to building communities and helping people achieve the dream of home ownership.

    Video: Westfield's commitment to Habitat for Humanity
  • HGTV- As part of Westfield's commitment to community revitalization, we are proud to partner with Rebuilding Together Twin Cities and Home and Garden Television's Change the world. Start at home. project.

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Human services
Westfield endorses the United Way concept of giving by providing an annual employee workplace campaign as well as a matching gift.  Westfield also considers community grant fund* requests for human service programs that empower people to take control of their lives and work toward positive change.

Safety and education
Westfield considers community grant fund* requests to support programs that promote safe choices and protection from hazards that relate to property and casualty insurance; strengthen public awareness and understanding of insurance; and create innovative learning opportunities with emphasis on building business literacy for youth and adults.

  • Drive for safety - Recent studies indicate a great need for driver education. Westfield is involved in programs such as Driving Skills for Life to better educate drivers and increase safety. Learn more about driver safety programs.

  • Investing in the future - Westfield supports educational programs for youth and adults. Examples of such programs include InVEST, which develops insurance professionals and consumers by educating high school and college students on insurance, and Junior Achievement, which partners professionals with classrooms to teach hands-on experiences that help young people understand the economics of life.

Community Grant Requests

Thank you for you interest in learning about Westfield?s community grant program and for the good work you do in your community.

Westfield Insurance Foundation has made the difficult decision to suspend community grants for the remainder of 2009. We remain committed to human services through our partnership with United Way throughout our operating territories. Other key ongoing programs that revitalize neighborhoods; reduce teen driving fatalities; and support academic excellence will also continue. Please continue to review this site to become acquainted with our ongoing efforts.

Examples of How We Help:

Teen Driver Safety: Driving Skills for Life

With half of all new drivers involved in a crash before they turn 20, we need better ways to prepare and protect teen drivers. Through Driving Skills for Life,  a driver safety initiative from the Ford Motor Company Fund and the Governors' Highway Safety Association, Westfield is getting involved to help educate young drivers on the importance of good choices.

Westfield Insurance has joined forces with these organizations to reach out to thousands of teens through educational programming, Driving Skills for Life curriculum, and Drive and Ride training events.

DrivingSkillsforLife.com This interactive web site helps educate new drivers through online training and games. Teens can master hazard recognition, vehicle handling, speed management and space management skills...and earn points toward possible prizes! Parents can get smart advice to give to their children...it could save lives.

Videos: Learn more about teen driving safety and the Driving Skills for Life program.  Choose from the video links below:

Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre

Video: Support for Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre

Westfield's belief in creating opportunities for education and learning drives its support, through its Foundation, for the Idea Center at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, Ohio. In recognition of Westfield's support through the Westfield Insurance Foundation, WVIZ/PBS and 90.3 WCPN ideastream and Playhouse Square Foundation will name the Idea Center's new 300-seat performance and production studio "Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre."

The Westfield Insurance Studio Theatre will be used for television and radio production, theater performances, meetings, workshops and classes. "Children and teachers will have access to new programs, technology, and performances - all necessary for rich learning experiences," said Bob Joyce, chairman and CEO of Westfield Group.

WVIZ and WCPN programs that will be produced and presented from the theater include special broadcasts involving studio audiences (like a recent Around Noon radio program featuring Franz Welser-Most of the Cleveland Orchestra), and the education services special series What's Your (Math) Problem: A game show where sixth grade students from the Cleveland municipal schools compete and have fun while improving their math skills.  Click here to learn more about Idea Center.

Investing in Our Employees and Our Communities

Westfield invests in our communities in many ways.  The Volunteer Grant Program (VGP) is funded through the Westfield Insurance Foundation.  Grants are available to nonprofit organizations where our employees are volunteering 50 hours or more annually.  These grants help strengthen the communities where the company operates and where our employees live and work. Only employees of Westfield Group may submit an application for a volunteer grant.

If you have any questions about Westfield Group's community investment program, please send an e-mail to communityinvestment@westfieldgrp.com.

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