Michael Coburn, a Williston resident and Allstate insurance agency owner, was honored by the company’s nonprofit charitable organization for his volunteerism last month.
Coburn, who took over The Coburn Agency on South Brownell Road from his father in 2014, was awarded the “Helping Hands in the Community” grant from the Allstate Foundation.
The award allows him to donate funds to organizations the agency cares about and regularly volunteers or contributes to in some way.
In Coburn’s case, the organizations were: Friends for Waterbury Area Recreation Development, which helps run the community’s Winterfest each year and improves recreational opportunities and the High Fives Foundation, founded by a Vermonter and run out of Truckee, Calif., which raises awareness about injury prevention in mountain sports and offers support to those who have been injured.
The program, which began in 2003, recognizes Allstate agents’ volunteerism locally and “provides financial support to organizations through The Allstate Foundation,” according to a company release. Any Allstate agent who volunteers for a charitable organization in his or her community may qualify, the release said.
“The very fabric of Allstate consists of people who care about their local community,” said Tracey King, a spokesperson for the foundation. “The Agency Helping Hands in the Community program is a powerful way for Allstate agents to get involved with their local nonprofits and partner with them in making their communities stronger and safer places.”
Coburn was unable to be reached for comment by press time.
-Jess Wisloski, Observer staff