Westfield Legacy of Caring Program Lends a Hand to Stephenson County Community

FREEPORT, ILLINOIS — NW HomeStart was nominated by Dimond Bros. Insurance to receive a grant from Westfield Insurance Foundation to help create choices in housing, community in neighborhoods and empowerment in personal finance throughout Northern Illinois as part of the Westfield Legacy of Caring program. At Westfield, it’s more than writing insurance policies, it’s about going above and beyond to help people and families grow and prosper. Lending a hand to friends and neighbors during times of need is at the core of the Westfield Insurance Foundation. Each year, Westfield independent insurance agents, like Dimond Bros. , are invited to nominate a local nonprofit for the Legacy of Caring program. The program invests in communities and helps impact disaster recovery, family stability or safety.

“At Dimond Bros. we want every member of our to community grow and experience a vibrant future,” said Valerie DeBoer, Senior Account Executive at Dimond Bros. Freeport office, who nominated the organization. “We are proud of our collaboration with Westfield that allows our agency to honor its commitment of enhancing and helping educate the communities where we live and work.”

We are so grateful for the generous support of Westfield said Sarah Brinkmann, Executive Director of NW Homestart.  “The Legacy of caring grant will have a direct impact on opportunities we can offer and will help us provide the support and hope needed to be successful.”

This year, the Westfield Insurance Foundation donated more than a half million dollars to neighborhoods in 15 states. Dimond Bros. is one of 76 agencies that nominated a nonprofit, including NW HomeStart for the Westfield Legacy of Caring grant program. Awarding grants through the program is an extension of the fundamental role that insurance plays every day in stabilizing families, businesses and communities in times of uncertainty. Westfield is proud to work with their independent agents in distributing over $2 million in the last five years.

“Together with our agency partners, Westfield continues to build on the strong commitment to caring that the founders of our company imagined,” said Ed Largent, Westfield President, CEO, board chair and Westfield Insurance Foundation chairman. “At Westfield, we want to give our communities everything we can: Protection, safety and support and our commitment doesn’t stop there.”

About Dimond Bros. Insurance
Founded in 1867 by Albert Dimond, our main goal is to offer sound insurance coverage to the hardworking people of our community. Our small staff of two in 1867 has grown to a service-minded, highly professional group of associates. With more than 42 locations, across three states we pride ourselves on serving hometown communities. The nominating office was our Freeport, IL office located at 660 W. Stephenson Street and can be reached at 815-235-7717. We are proud of our Freeport office and our 300+ employees who are community minded and service focused; providing the same high quality of care as we did at the start. Local Service. Global Resources. For more information, visit www.DimondBros.com

About NW Homestart
HomeStart’s housing counseling services are focused on helping people achieve successful, sustainable homeownership.  We do that through both one-on-one counseling sessions and group education.  Whether it’s helping a family to buy their first home, or helping a family save their home from foreclosure, HomeStart is there for the people we serve.  We know home ownership and foreclosure issues can be overwhelming.  HomeStart can help you find the answers to your questions, and the solutions to your problems. With offices in Freeport and Rockford, we serve a 10-county region in Northern IllinoisBoone, Carroll, DeKalb, Jo Daviess, LaSalle, Lee, Ogle, Stephenson, Winnebago, Whiteside Counties. For more information, visit www.nwhomestart.org

About Westfield Insurance Foundation
Westfield Insurance Foundation was established in 2005 as an independent private foundation endowed by Westfield Insurance. In keeping with the values of Westfield Insurance, the Foundation exists as a dedicated community and industry partner; concentrating resources to have an impact on safety, disaster recovery and family stability. The Foundation donates over $3 million annually to a variety of charities.

About Westfield
Westfield was founded in 1848 by a small group of hard-working farmers who believed in the promise of the future and the power of the individual. Today, as one of the nation’s leading property and casualty (P&C) companies, we remain true to their vision and are dedicated to your protection and prosperity and to the progress of our community. Visit westfieldinsurance.com for more information.

Cover Photo:

Front Row: Kirk Pearson (NW Homestart), Sarah Brinkman (NW HomeStart), Nicole Bardell (Dimond), Stephanie Rains (NW HomeStart), Joanna Sherman (Dimond)

Back Row: Ted Odendahl (Dimond) Becky Dall (Dimond) Judy Meinders (Dimond), Tina Hepler (Dimond), Renee Blassingham (Dimond), Bethany Kleiner (Dimond), Melissa Radick (NW HomeStart), Valerie DeBoer (Dimond), Jim Howard (Dimond).  Not pictured is Joe Meadows.

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