A few years ago, Bell came up with the tongue-in-cheek name for the initiative using Falvey Insurance Group’s initials, and it caught on. Employees dedicated volunteer hours and donate goods to local causes throughout the year, and Falvey’s leadership matches all donations.
“We Give a FIG” also came at a time of great need: the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative, spearheaded by Bell’s co-chair Amanda Langlais, provided employees with a meaningful way to support frontline health workers. “2020 was the year we started formalizing. We formed the Rhode Island chapter of Frontline Foods, an effort to partner with local restaurants to make meals for frontline workers. We helped them collect donations, so our employees could safely participate from home,” Bell said.
Falvey also supported Frontline Foods in 2020 by hosting a charity golf tournament and donating proceeds to the organization. In the past year, “We Give a FIG” shifted focus to support causes closely aligned with Falvey’s business. Falvey Insurance Group specializes in marine cargo, pollution, and shippers’ insurance.
Earlier this year, Falvey Shippers Insurance tied up with Haymakers for Hope, an organization giving people the opportunity to fight back – literally – against cancer. Haymakers for Hope helps individuals train for and compete in charity boxing events to raise funds for cancer research, care, and survivorship. Falvey Shippers’ vice president Jay Jeannotte entered the ring for the charity match, raising over $52,000 for cancer research.
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Through “We Give a FIG”, subsidiaries of Falvey Insurance Group have participated in various philanthropy efforts. Their partners include Safe Harbor, which offers the largest spill response in the vessel pollution industry; The Mission to Seafarers, which supports seafarer welfare; and Operation Stand Down Rhode Island, which benefits the veteran community.
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