Community project aids service members, veteransReprints
SAN ANTONIO — The Risk & Insurance Management Society Inc. will give risk professionals attending the RIMS 2018 conference and exhibition in San Antonio, Texas, an opportunity to support Soldiers’ Angels, a local charity that helps members of the U.S. armed forces, through the 12th annual Community Service Project.
The project will be held each day of the conference in the main lobby of the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center.
Soldiers’ Angels, founded in 2003 by the mother of two American soldiers, provides aid and comfort to the men and women of the U.S. Army, Marines, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard, along with their families and a growing veteran population.
Since its inception, the charity has provided over $100 million in support. Soldiers’ Angels delivers over 150,000 volunteer hours to this in-need community each year.
Amy Palmer, president and CEO of Soldiers’ Angels, said the organization is honored to partner with RIMS for the community service project.
“We’ve worked with RIMS previously,” said Ms. Palmer, a disabled Air Force veteran. “It’s a great relationship; we’ve really enjoyed working with the RIMS staff.”
Conference attendees can drop in to help with activities such as crafting no-sew blankets, assembling care packages and preparing meals. The project includes a letter writing campaign for military personnel overseas, those in medical facilities, their families and homeless veterans.
The project is sponsored by ESIS Inc., a Chubb Ltd. unit.
“Each of the days of the conference we’re going to do different projects,” Ms. Palmer said. “The volunteers, as they come to the conference, will be able to stop at our booth. The people who participate in the projects really enjoy it. They would go to their sessions and then come back on break. They were super-excited about it.”
ESIS President Joe Vasquez said in a statement that “Soldier’s Angels is such an important organization, and we are honored to partner with RIMS in supporting their efforts to provide for the men, women, as well as their families who have made tremendous sacrifices for our freedom.”
“The strength of a community is defined by our willingness to share, empathize and support each other,” RIMS CEO Mary Roth said in a statement. “It is without question that the men and women who serve in our armed forces are an important part of our communities. We honor their service and proudly welcome the opportunity to give back through this Community Service Project to Soldiers’ Angels.”
RIMS said it was one of the first entities in 2007 to host a large convention in post-Katrina New Orleans. RIMS’ first Community Service Day was held at that conference to support local families and rebuild infrastructure devastated by the natural disaster.
Now, in its 12th year, RIMS Community Service Day projects have become a RIMS Annual Conference & Exhibition tradition.
Service Day activities include:
• No-sew blankets on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: Stop by the Soldiers’ Angels center to help craft blankets for military personnel overseas and in medical facilities.
• Letter-writing campaign on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: Share good wishes with military personnel overseas, those in medical facilities and their families.
• Care packages on Monday: Help pack care packages filled with ready-to-eat food, activities, games and other items to be sent to military personnel overseas.
• Box lunches on Tuesday: Fill boxed lunches with a variety of nonperishable foods to feed homeless veterans and military personnel in medical facilities.
• Hygiene kits on Wednesday: Help assemble kits filled with travel-sized toiletries to be delivered to military personnel in medical facilities and homeless veterans.