A Force for Good in Nashville: An Interview with a Helping Hands Committee Chair
Bill Key is part of the Strategic Deployment Team in Allstate’s Southern regional office in Nashville, Tennessee, helping to bring new agency owners on board and assisting with technology. He’s also the Helping Hands Committee (HHC) Chair for his region, where he coordinates volunteer activities for agency owners and employees. Here’s how he’s organizing Central Tennessee’s Allstaters to be a powerful Force for Good.
How did you get involved in Allstate’s Helping Hands Program?
Our marketing department organized a couple of events in 2009, and that really got me interested in volunteering. It really grew from there. I began seeking out other opportunities and started organizing projects the following year.
What organizations do you or your HHC work with most closely?
In the regional office, a lot of our focus is on Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee and Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee. Personally, I also help a lot with Special Olympics Tennessee and the Nashville Predators Foundation.
What were some of last year’s highlights for your HHC?
We had a successful Week of Service, with projects for Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee, Second Harvest Food Bank Middle Tennessee, Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, and Blue Star Families. Around the holidays, regional employees donated over $700, which we used to “adopt” five children as part of the Salvation Army Angel Tree program.
Why do you think Allstate employees should get involved in volunteer work? How does the HHC allow Allstaters to be a Force for Good?
I feel it’s really important to give back to the community, and it’s easy for employees to get engaged—especially when Allstate facilitates volunteering with events like Bring Out the Good Month. The HHC organizes on- and off-site volunteer opportunities where employees can work individually or on teams to be a Force for Good in the community. When people see volunteers in their blue Allstate shirts working on projects, this lets them know that Allstate and its employees care and give back to the community.