Boxes, shopping bags, open car trunks and some two dozen volunteers in blue shirts formed a bustling scene in front of the Integrated Family Community Services building to get Thanksgiving meals to …
“To not do it just doesn’t make sense,” said Brian Counterman, an Allstate agency owner in the Littleton area.
Counterman helped pull together a partnership that earned Integrated Family $35,000 in grant money from the Allstate Foundation — $1,000 for each Allstate agent or licensed sales professional who volunteered. The amount of $35,000 was the cap for the offer, but more staff, friends and family showed up. As many as 50 volunteers pitched in help at the Nov. 15 event.
Volunteers organized, packaged and delivered food to 90 residences in Englewood, Littleton, Sheridan, Centennial and Highlands Ranch, said Todd McPherson, development director for Integrated Family.
Integrated Family, 3370 S. Irving St., near Englewood, provides food assistance, homeless prevention services and other help to low-income residents in Arapahoe County and northern Douglas County.
Rob Mathes, 38, arrived about 9 a.m. to help make sure families can get together over food the volunteers put on their plates, Mathes said.
“I grew up in kind of a low-income community,” said Mathes, an Aurora Allstate agency owner. “I’ve had family members who needed help in their lives, so this was a no-brainer.”
Integrated Family also provided 450 food boxes to families and some seniors on Nov. 18, McPherson said.
The Allstate Foundation gives grants to organizations to address domestic violence, support youths, help with disaster preparedness, fight hunger and support other causes.