SPRINGFIELD, Mass., Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) has awarded$125,000 to eligible non-profit organizations through its annual Community Service Awards (CSA) program. The awards are given on behalf of MassMutual financial professionals who demonstrate outstanding commitment to non-profit organizations in their local areas.
Through the CSA program, now in its 16th year, MassMutual awards one $25,000 grant to a non-profit in recognition of a financial professional's extraordinary dedication to volunteerism. The program also awards ten $10,000 grants to non-profit organizations across the country on behalf of financial professionals who have provided exceptional voluntary service.
This year's $25,000 grant was awarded to Rick Van Benschoten, a financial professional with MassMutual's general agencyFifth Avenue Financial Group in New York City, for his work with the Covenant House New York, which provides food, shelter, immediate crisis care, and essential services to homeless children.
"MassMutual's Community Service Awards program aims to encourage and recognize those financial professionals who selflessly give their time, talent and resources to help non-profits continue to do great work in their communities," said Nick Fyntrilakis, Vice President of Community Responsibility, MassMutual. "Volunteering is valuable for both the community and volunteers. We are proud of the dedication to non-profits that many of our financial professionals have shown and are pleased to award these grants in their honor."
Each CSA recognizes the many selfless hours of volunteer time and talent members of MassMutual's sales force put in during the year to improve their communities. Since the program's inception in 1996, MassMutual has contributed more than $1.2 million to charitable organizations across the country.
The CSA program is just one of a variety of philanthropic programs sponsored by MassMutual in support of non-profit organizations where its financial professionals volunteer. Last year, in total, MassMutual contributed more than $735,000 in community service award grants and matching gift donations to organizations throughout the United States in honor of its sales force.
The following financial professionals have been awarded grants for their local non-profit organizations:
Literacy Volunteers of America Suffolk County Inc.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis of Michigan, Inc.
Farmington Hills, MI
E. Hough Johnson III
Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeast Virginia
Virginia Beach, VA
Seattle Children's Playgarden
Cristo Rey New York High School
New York, NY
Michael S. Kipniss
Camp Kudzu, Inc.
We Promise Foundation
Joseph Rhyne III
Lincoln County Public Education Foundation
Rick Van Benschoten
Covenant House New York
James M. Wehr
Loudoun Habitat for Humanity
Jordan Education Foundation
Salt Lake City, UT
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