Our company was founded on the idea of helping others, and giving back to our community is a big part of who we are. Between American Fidelity and the American Fidelity Foundation, we support hundreds of organizations in the communities where we do business.
PEOPLE magazine and Great Place to Work selected American Fidelity as one of their 2021 Companies that Care. To celebrate, Colleagues within the company voted for five organizations to receive $5,000 donations each.
Our colle�agues also have plenty of opportunities to get involved, and our Home Office colleagues each receive 16 hours of paid volunteer time every year. We also have a volunteer grant program and board service incentive to encourage even more community involvement.
Annually, we have campaigns for the Allied Arts and United Way, plus a food drive for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and a school supply drive. We partner with a local school where our colleagues can tutor once a week – and don’t even have to use their paid volunteer time!
Nationally, our company supports a variety of organizations dedicated to improving their communities. For example, colleagues in our Michigan office recently participated in a Random Acts of Kindness challenge to complete 60 good deeds in a set time frame. The challenge resulted in the team members continuing to look for ways they could help others. Other teams have hosted campaigns for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and local charities in their states.
We also work hard to support the causes that are important to our colleagues. In addition to our corporate giving, the American Fidelity Foundation matches more than $90,000 in donations made by colleagues to organizations they support. Each year, colleagues nominate their favorite non-profit organizations to receive proceeds from our monthly charity day designation.
Community Impact Report
Below are some of the highlights of our community involvement, but check out our Community Impact Report for more details!
AF sponsors the NBA Oklahoma City Thunder’s literacy programs including the Rolling Thunder Book Bus, Teacher of the Game, Read to Achieve Reading Timeouts and the Reading Challenge.
Since its debut in 2007, the Rolling Thunder Book Bus has distributed more that 188,000 books through nearly 2,400 visits to schools and day care groups.
From July 2021, through March 2022, we had three Thunder Reading Challenges. More than 1.3 million minutes were read by 2,900 students. We also had nine virtual reading timeouts with Thunder players in 2021.
We’ve hosted more than 100 blood drives and were recognized by the Oklahoma Blood Institute for our commitment to ensuring Oklahomans have access to a safe blood supply.
American Fidelity partners with the WNBA team the Dallas Wings. In addition to hosting Hoops for Heroes theme nights, we work with the Wings to recognize outstanding public service workers in the Dallas area.
Teacher Feature on Magic 104 FM
American Fidelity partners with Magic 104 KMGL radio station to honor teachers throughout the school year. Eight teachers were honored during the 2021-2022 school year, each receiving recognition on the radio broadcast and $250 for their classroom. Honorees were:
- Jordan Wood, Taloga Public Schools
- Chelsea Sims, Del City High School
- Stacy Rodgers, Meeker Middle and High Schools
- Travis Rhodes, Harding Fine Arts Academy
- Alicia Winters, Nicoma Park Middle School
- Melissa Lightfoot, Del City Middle School
- Sharon Teague, Western Heights Middle School
- Richard Boone, Choctaw Middle School
AF Teacher Fellowship
The program was expanded to 15 teachers in 2022, giving more educators the opportunity to gain real-life experience in IT at American Fidelity while earning a corporate IT salary this summer. These teachers selected for the AF Teacher Fellowship worked in American Fidelity's operations, technical infrastructure, security operations, asset and vendor management, digital business systems or digital architecture and engineering areas for the summer. They will take this experience back to the classroom to help students learn about and prepare for careers in technology. Plus, they received a $2,000 stipend to use for their classrooms upon completion of the program.