Westfield Insurance Foundation’s Legacy of Caring Fund Benefits United Way of St. Joseph County’s Kindergarten Readiness Camps Partnerships

South Bend, IN, June 22, 2016 -- United Way of St. Joseph County has received a grant from Westfield Insurance Foundation thanks to the help of 1st Source Insurance.  The grant is part of the new Westfield Legacy of Caring program in which Westfield independent insurance agencies across the country were invited to nominate a local nonprofit in the areas of disaster relief, insurance pathways, family stability or safety.

United Way is partnering with four public school districts in St. Joseph County to provide Kindergarten Readiness Camps in June and July of 2016, serving between 80 and 100 children in total.  The camps provide essential academic and social development skills so that the children are ready to learn on the first day of school.  School district partners include School City of Mishawaka (serves Mishawaka), the John Glenn School Corporation (serves Walkerton and North Liberty), the Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation (serves Mishawaka, Granger, Wakarusa and Osceola) and the South Bend Community School Corporation (serves South Bend).

“Thanks to the generous donation from Westfield Insurance Foundation, we will be able to increase our efforts toward partnering with our school districts to offer kindergarten readiness camps throughout the county. We know that children with higher levels of school readiness at age five are generally more successful in grade school, are less likely to drop out of high school and earn more as adults,” said Matt Harrington, United Way of St. Joseph County’s President and CEO.

“We value our partnerships with our independent insurance agencies.  Giving back to our agents’ communities in support of these key areas is an extension of the fundamental role that insurance plays every day in stabilizing families, businesses and communities,” said Ed Largent, Westfield President, CEO, board chair and Westfield Insurance Foundation chairman.

“1st Source Insurance and its employees are proud members of the Michiana community.  Our collaboration with Westfield allows us to further our citizenship efforts and have impact in critically important initiatives,” said Chris Strafford, President of 1st Source Insurance.

United Way of St. Joseph County is one of 45 nonprofit agencies nationwide to receive over $400,000 in donations from the Westfield Legacy of Caring program.  Westfield is proud to work with their independent agents in distributing nearly $750,000 since the onset of the Legacy of Caring program last year.

1st Source Insurance is a leading provider of business and personal insurance in northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. 1st Source Insurance employs 53 people in ten offices, located in South Bend/Mishawaka, Goshen, Elkhart, LaPorte, Knox, Plymouth, Fort Wayne, Valparaiso and Merrillville.

Serving our community since 1914, United Way of St. Joseph County is a nonprofit organization whose mission is To Mobilize the Community to Collectively Reduce Poverty. The organization works in collaboration with community partners to invest resources, convene, organize and support critical work in St. Joseph County.

About Westfield Insurance Foundation
Westfield Insurance Foundation was established in 2005 as an independent private foundation endowed by Westfield Insurance. In keeping with the values of Westfield Insurance, the Foundation exists as a dedicated community and industry partner; concentrating resources to have an impact on safety, disaster relief and family stability. The Foundation donates $3 million annually to a variety of charities. 

About Westfield Insurance
Westfield Insurance is a part of Westfield Group, a customer-focused insurance and banking group of businesses headquartered in Westfield Center, Ohio, and in business for more than 168 years. Westfield Insurance provides commercial insurance in 21 states, personal insurance in 10 states and surety services to customers in 50 states. Westfield is one of the nation’s 50 largest property and casualty insurance groups, represented by a network of more than 1,000 independent insurance agencies. Westfield Insurance was named as a Top Workplace in northeast Ohio in 2014, as a Top Workplace in central Ohio in 2015, and as one of the Top 10 Best Private Companies for Leaders by Chief Executive Magazine in 2016. Westfield Bank provides banking solutions for businesses and individuals, and Westfield Services provides service and training support for independent insurance agencies. Learn more about Westfield Group at and


MA-1116_Membership_Requirements_copy                   2-1-1-Footer