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Jan

04.17

Seventeen Primerica Home Office employees recently had the opportunity to impart real world personal finance experience to Gwinnett County, Georgia, middle school students. The specific lessons in adulthood? How to create and stick to a budget and spend your money wisely!

Primerica and The Primerica Foundation have partnered with the Junior Achievement Discovery Center Finance Park in Gwinnett – a simulated learning center that is required curriculum for eighth grade students who attend Gwinnett County Public Schools.

At Finance Park, students are given a random life scenario for the day – including a job, marital status and dependents, as well as a level of debt. They are tasked with going from storefront to storefront with a mock debit card and must purchase necessary items to maintain their household on a month’s income. The exercise requires them to consider costs of groceries and transportation to a mortgage and debt repayment, but they are also given a chance to consider wealth protection measures such as life insurance or investments.

The volunteers use their time and talents to mentor and guide the students during this time, which often causes candid realizations as the activity brings home the real life costs of things to the middle schoolers.

“I think it was pretty funny when one of the students saw just how much it cost to pay for health insurance for his family,” one volunteer said. “He saw the number and almost passed out!”

Some students walked away with a newfound appreciation for the sacrifices made by their parents after catching a glimpse at how expensive the real world can be.

“I can’t believe how my father affords me sometimes,” one student said.

Many said they were going to go home and hug their parents.

The activity impacts more than just the students, though.

One volunteer noticed the students working well together as a team and called it “refreshing to see.”

“They took their roles and responsibilities really seriously,” she said. “It was nice to see that the future is going to be producing more friendly working environments.”

In addition to the group of 17 that volunteered December 2, 20 Primerica employees volunteered in February 2016 and 25 volunteered at the opening of the center in
November 2015.

Junior Achievement estimates 30,000 students and a little more than 5,000 volunteers will have passed through the center in 2016.

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Dec

28.16

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At Primerica, field representatives have the support of a skilled and committed Home Office team of more than 1,700 employees who are dedicated to helping more Main Street families become financially independent every day.*

The Home Office team is one of the most committed groups of people in business today. They work in executive leadership, marketing, communications, technology, life operations, legal and compliance, and training and development — areas where they are totally focused on serving the needs of the sales force, and they love their jobs!

The Bureau of Labor Statistics latest report states the average length of an employee’s tenure at one job is less than five years. Not at Primerica. The average length of employment of a Home Office worker? Almost 14 years!

So, why is it so great to be a Primerican? Here’s what one Home Office employee had to say:

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Meet Jason …

For accountant Jason Wilmot, the company culture at the Home Office is one of the greater perks about working at Primerica.

“The best thing about working at Primerica is, undoubtedly, the people,” he says. “Everyone I have had an opportunity to interact with has made my experience here so incredible. With so many smiling faces and positive attitudes, it’s the people that make our company culture what it is and it’s second to none!”

Wilmot has worked for the company since 2011.

*Primerica Representatives are independent contractors and are not employees of Primerica.

 
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Dec

21.16

Tis the season for giving and being thankful!

Aside from supporting the tens of thousands of field leaders across North America on their mission to bring financial literacy to more Main Street families, Primerica Home Office employees stay busy giving back to their communities.

There are a variety of ways employees can give of their time, resources and talents on a regular basis at Primerica. It’s just another reason our employees love their jobs!

As we near the close of another great year, here’s a recap of some of the generous corporate volunteering projects our community-minded Home Office employees have participated in:

  • Employee Giving Campaign – more than 100 Home Office employees pledged nearly $60,000 of their personal funds to the United Way and The Primerica Foundation.
  • Great Days of Service – 65 Home Office employees volunteered to work together to do landscaping, build a raised garden, paint benches and organize storage rooms at the Lawrenceville Boys and Girls Club.
  • Blood Drives – Primerica employees donated 183 life-saving pints of blood to the American Red Cross over the past four blood drives.
  • Food Drives – food drives held in Fall 2015 and Summer 2016 filled eight pick-up trucks and two 12-foot trailers.
  • Relay for Life – Relay for Life team members helped to raise more than $76,000 for the American Cancer Society. More than $46,000 was raised on campus and Primerica also provided a $30,000 Presenting Sponsorship donation. (Primerica has been a Presenting Sponsor of Relay for Life since 2010.)
  • Meals on Wheels – Primerica employees used their lunch hours to deliver more than 4,000 meals to local homes to ensure that seniors have access to adequate nutrition when family support, mobility and other resources are lacking.
  • Volunteer Day – 12 employees assisted the Gwinnett Technical College Horticulture Department to prepare their garden for planting and harvesting produce, which they sell to the community at a reduced price.
  • Junior Achievement (JA) – 45 employees volunteered at Finance Park in the Junior Achievement Discovery Center in Gwinnett.
  • Holiday Can-a-thon – 25 Primerica employees participated in the 34th annual 11Alive Holiday Can-a-thon. Volunteers assisted in the collection of food donations for The Salvation Army food pantry.

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Dec

08.16

 

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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.

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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.

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Nov

28.16

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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.”

ABOUT THE PRIMERICA FOUNDATION
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.

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