Not only do they help countless Main Street families with their financial needs, but one Michigan couple is taking the call to help to the world stage.
Ian and Jessica Prukner, of Auburn Hills, MI, had been looking for a meaningful way to give back ever since Ian left a full-time job as a minister at their local church 10 years ago to focus on growing their Primerica business full-time.* Only recently did the right opportunity present itself.
The pair decided to fund the construction of an orphanage through a friend’s non-profit organization, Angel House, which builds orphanages for homeless children across India. “There are so many people we are able to help by doing more,” she said.
The group home is being built in Kashyem, a farming region of approximately 40,000 to 50,000 people that is located on a mountainside just south of the Tibetan and Chinese border. This is an area known to have an abundance of orphaned and abandoned children vulnerable to child trafficking and child labor exploitation and abuse.
The orphanage will rescue a total of 25 boys or girls from the streets and give them a safe home, complete with house parents who are affiliated with a local church.
The children will be able to attend school because they have a permanent address, and they will be provided with new shoes and school supplies. (In India, children aren’t allowed to attend public school unless they have an address.)
The orphans will stay in the orphanage until they reach the age of 18 when they will be transitioned out on a case-by-case base, depending on whether they are going to enter the work force or go to college. Once those orphans leave the home, other orphans will take their place.
“It’s unbelievable to see the dreams that are starting to live because of what we’re doing together,” said Jessica. “I grew up wanting to make an impact — to make a difference. This has become such an incredible avenue to be able to do that. And it’s just the start.”
*The part time opportunity may not be available in all provinces in Canada.
Once a year, Primerica Home Office employees get the satisfaction of nominating and choosing deserving non-profit organizations through the Employee Choice Grant Awards program.
This year, five area non-profit organizations were awarded $10,000 each after they were chosen in a company-wide vote in August.
The awards are designed for small, lesser-known non-profits that still do good and necessary things, but aren’t as widely known as some bigger organizations, such as the American Cancer Society.
Throughout the year, employees can nominate organizations for the awards. The Primerica Foundation researches the organizations, compiles a list and puts the list to a vote.
The top five winners for 2016 were FurKids, Lift Up Atlanta, Veterans Resource Center of Gwinnett, Happy Tails Pet Therapy and Spectrum Autism Support Group, Inc.
Grant recipients thanked the company and employees who personally donated to the Primerica Foundation at a celebratory luncheon held Oct. 14.
Ellen Gerstein, executive director of the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, (Veterans Resource Center) said she wishes there were “more Primericas.” “You have been and remained a ‘top giver’ for so many non-profits and from someone who works with a lot of non-profits in Gwinnett County, thank you from all of us for that gift back into this community.”
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The Employee Choice Grant Awards is only one area of community outreach funded by the Primerica Foundation. Each year, The Primerica Foundation contributes more than $1 million back to the community.
The Primerica Foundation was named a Top 25 Georgia-based company-sponsored foundation by the Atlanta Business Chronicle.
In honor of Veterans Day, The Primerica Foundation presented a $15,000 check to the USO Council of Georgia. Primerica Senior National Sales Director Bobby & Red Buisson, of Gainesville, GA, additionally matched the $15,000 for a total of $30,000 donated to the USO!
In addition to hospitality, transportation assistance, guidance and care packages, the USO offers support to military members transitioning into civilian life. These funds will help with transition services. For more information on USO, visit their site.
Sixty-five Primerica Home Office employees recently participated in the 2016 Great Days of Service volunteer project benefitting the Lawrenceville Boys & Girls Club.
Great Days of Service is one of the largest community volunteer events in the nation. Volunteers from the Primerica Home Office participate every year in the annual program spearheaded by the Gwinnett Collation for Health & Human Services.
This year, the Primerica volunteer team worked on a multitude of projects at the campus, including yard work, painting benches, cleaning and organizing storage rooms, repairing and replacing raised garden beds, and even building a puppet theater.
Boys & Girls Clubs provide a safe place for young people to learn and grow while helping them reach their full potential. The Lawrenceville club serves approximately 280 kids and teens ages 6-18 per day.
This is Primerica’s 16th time participating in Great Days of Service.