Thank you Allstate for sponsoring this post. I chose to write this post because doing good in local communities is at Allstate’s core.
I am constantly in awe of the concern that my daughter has for other people. If she spots someone in need, she is the first one volunteering to help. Whether it’s something as simple as her teacher asking the class to collect plastic bottle tops for a project, or a more complicated project like sponsoring a child in another country, she always wants to help.
There is no commercial collecting money for a worthy cause that doesn’t affect her, homeless person that doesn’t bring a tear to her eye, nor lost pet that doesn’t send her on a mission to find the owner.
She has a passion to help and a heart that tells her that anything is possible. In some ways, I feel like my practical adult brain gets in the way sometimes and prevents her from turning her compassion into something that can make a difference. But the reality is, any action with the goal of helping people can cause change for the better.
Allstate believes in empowering youth, and inspires kids with projects that solve problems in their community to enable a generation of leaders and change-makers that will inspire generations to come.
Allstate’s Good Hearts, Good HandsSM Project
Allstate is dedicated to the communities in which their employees live and work – it’s the core of who they are as a company. So, it makes sense that they would have a passion for inspiring future change-makers.
Kids dream big. And when their dreams involve helping others, there is nothing that can stop them. Allstate knows that kids don’t wait for things to change. They roll up their sleeves and create it. No matter how big or small a single action is, it all adds up to big change. The video below shows how a 4th grade class lent their hearts, hands and voices to their community to initiate change. Along the way building critical thinking, teamwork, problem-solving and social skills that will turn them into the leaders of tomorrow.
Watch the video to see just how Allstate is empowering kids to make a difference.
Turn Compassion Into Action to Make a Difference
My daughter and I watched the video together and it was really cool to watch her smile as she saw the impact of their vision come to life. I asked her how she could do something to make a difference right now. She thought for a minute and then said she “wants to do more to help lost pets in the neighborhood find their people” like she did a couple of months ago with a lost dog that ended up belonging to a neighbor down the street. No one seemed to know where the dog belonged, and it turned out he lived right down the block.
So, she set out to create a form for people in the neighborhood to fill out so that she would know exactly where a lost dog belonged.
Her form has a place for the pet’s name, the owners name and contact information and a spot for her to put a photo of the pet.
She plans to go door to door asking people if they have a pet and if they want her to help in case it ever gets out of the house.
If they don’t have a photo of their pet to give her, she will take one and print it out at home.
The next time she discovers a lost pet in the neighborhood, she will know exactly who it belongs to so she can make sure it gets home safely.
As parents, we can help empower our kids to turn their compassion into action by listening to their ideas, and giving them support and encouragement to make a difference.
For more information about what Allstate is doing in local communities visit Allstate’s Sustainability Page.
This post was written as part of the Allstate Influencer Program and sponsored by Allstate. All opinions are mine. As the nation’s largest publicly held personal lines insurer, Allstate is dedicated not only to protecting what matters most–but to guiding people to live the Good Life, every day.