Local Allstate agency owner volunteers help secure grant to benefit domestic violence nonprofit

Local participating Allstate agency owner volunteers from New Jersey included Lia Domenick (Marlton) and Al Hess (Mt. Laurel).

Allstate agency owners from across New Jersey recently joined with others from across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic to secure a $253,000 Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grant to benefit 15 domestic violence nonprofits in nine states and the District of Columbia, including the New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence.

Local participating Allstate agency owner volunteers from New Jersey included Lia Domenick (Marlton) and Al Hess (Mt. Laurel).

The National Network to End Domestic Violence, a network of state domestic violence coalitions, accepted the grant and distributed the funding to each of the local domestic violence nonprofits.

The New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence will receive $48,000 and will use the grant to support its mission to provide services to help end domestic violence and financial abuse throughout the state.

“The New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence is grateful to The Allstate Foundation and Allstate New Jersey agents throughout New Jersey for their commitment to help domestic violence survivors and their families as they take steps toward economic independence and a safer future,” said Elaine K. Meyerson, interim executive director for the network.

Allstate volunteers earned the $253,000 grant for their local domestic violence organizations by collecting much-needed items during a supply drive held in November and December, coinciding with the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence.

The supply drive was part of a multi-state Allstate Foundation Purple Purse effort that benefitted nonprofits supporting survivors of domestic violence throughout Connecticut, Delaware, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington D.C. and West Virginia.

“With one in four women experiencing domestic violence in her lifetime, this is an issue that affects every community in New Jersey,” said Joyce Buford, Allstate New Jersey corporate relations division manager. “We’re so proud to give back through the volunteer efforts of so many local Allstate agency owners and The Allstate Foundation grants to help further the work of The New Jersey Coalition to End Domestic Violence and all of their partner organizations throughout the State to help survivors gain what all people deserve — a life free of violence, a safe home and a more hopeful future.”