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Schaumburg, IL (May 21, 2014) - Assurance, an independent insurance brokerage with offices near Chicago and St. Louis, continued its commitment to giving on May 15, 2014, when several employees spent their work day volunteering with Partners for Progress. This is the first year Assurance volunteers have assisted the organization.

Partners For Progress, NFP is a 501(c)(3)organization that provides individuals with physical, mental, and emotional challenges alternative therapeutic programs using quality trained horses. Their goal-oriented programs are designed by licensed therapists and support participants in overcoming challenges, breaking down walls and achieving monumental milestones.

The volunteer opportunity is one of 18 similar events scheduled for 2014, where Assurance employees will donate their time to deserving nonprofit organizations. All volunteer days are organized by the company’s employee-driven charitable foundation, Assurance Caring Together (ACT).

At the event, Assurance volunteers deep cleaned the common area, kitchen, bathrooms and front of the building. The group also vacuumed horses, worked with physical therapists and trainers on several rides, pulled weeds and painted jump standards. While cleaning the common area, some Assurance employees were able to speak to the families of the riders and hear the stories of how this organization has made such a positive impact on their lives.

“It was great to get out of the work environment and witness firsthand the wonderful opportunities Partners for Progress provides to individuals with disabilities,” said Kim Reichert, Account Manager and Supervisor at Assurance. She continued,“I learned a lot about horses and how the movement of their bodies work with the rider’s mind and body; what an amazing thing for kids that are not able to walk on their own! The entire experience was great, even cleaning the bathroom.”

Under the motto “We Can Be Heroes”, Assurance employees have donated over 14,500 labor hours in a nine year span through volunteer opportunities organized by ACT. If you or your business would like to volunteer with Partners for Progress, please visit www.partnersforprogressnfp.org.