Nicholas Wozniak Foundation receives $5,000 donation


The Nicholas Wozniak Foundation recently received a donation of $5,000 after Ponte Vedra Beach’s Shapiro Insurance Group earned a 2016 Make More Happen award for its community work with the organization.

The award, which included a $4,000 donation directed to the foundation from Safeco Insurance, recognizes independent agents who demonstrate extraordinary volunteerism for a nonprofit organization in the areas of health and safety, education and civil service. The insurance group was selected based on a photo and application demonstrating its commitment to the organization. An additional $1,000 was given to the nonprofit after an online story about the Nicholas Wozniak Foundation and Dillon Cunningham of Shapiro Insurance Group received enough virtual “cheers” on Safeco’s website.

The Nicholas Wozniak Foundation provides programs and opportunities that facilitate intellectual and physical growth as well as social integration for those with disabilities. Shapiro Insurance Group employees volunteer at the Nicholas Wozniak Foundation at events in St. Augustine and Jacksonville, helping to raise funds for athletic programs such as a basketball league, a swimming program and a track and field team.

Throughout 2016, Safeco will select a total of 66 independent agencies for the awards and donate up to $330,000 to the nonprofits they support. The Make More Happen Awards are a part of Safeco Insurance’s Agent Giving Program.

“Safeco is committed to encouraging agents to make a difference in their local communities and through the Make More Happen program, we enable them to directly support the programs where they personally see the greatest need,” said Jamie Dingle, Safeco Insurance southeast territory manager. “We are thrilled to see so many agents participating in this program, and we’re proud to help them support the local charities they care about most.”