What does it mean to be a good corporate citizen? It's recognizing that your business has a role to play in the well-being of your community. It's understanding that without a community, a business can't survive. It's being aware of the places where your fellow citizens need help and doing your part as a company to commit resources to them. Like an individual, a business has an obligation to give back and support the relationship we all have with one another.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, we have seen extraordinary individuals doing their part throughout Texas. These are hospital personnel, picking up extra shifts; police officers making rounds to keep us safe; firefighters and EMTs at the ready around the clock, ready to leap into action at a moment's notice. These hometown heroes have stepped up when we needed them most.
As these individuals have demonstrated their commitment, we realized that there was an opportunity for us to do our part by supporting those who support us. In April, Germania launched “Hometown Giving” to show our admiration and appreciation to those workers who continue to dedicate their time across Texas. What started as a local initiative has since expanded, bringing hot meals and sweet treats to staff in Brenham, Houston, Dallas, Austin, and El Paso.
"We wanted to give back and support the communities," said Laura Popp, director of Advertising at Germania. "It's our way of saying we appreciate all that you do."
With the aid of local restaurants, Germania provided 3,671 meals and 1,606 sweet treats to 3,085 employees across the state. Not only was this a chance to provide much needed relief for these employees, it helped bring business to these local eateries, which have all been impacted by the recent pandemic. We're grateful that this initiative not only supported our most essential workers, but gave a much needed boost to restaurants and their employees, too.
As Hometown Giving comes to a close, we know that the work continues. We hope that our efforts provided some comfort and relief to those individuals who continue to serve and support those in need. It has been an honor to join the growing list of businesses across the state and the nation as we all work to uplift our wonderful neighborhoods, towns, and cities.
"Germania was founded on the idea of neighbors bearing one another's burdens," said Popp. "We're honored to be part of such a strong and supportive community and we're dedicated to fulfilling our responsibility as a trusted corporate citizen. We hold the hospital workers, the police, the firefighters and EMTs - all of the people who have worked and continue to work hard - close to our hearts. Texas wouldn't be what it is without them. They are the reason that Hometown Giving is so important."
From all of us here at Germania Insurance,