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Community Investment Volunteer Award winners

Zurich believes in recognizing and rewarding employees for going beyond their job description to live our shared values outside our walls. Each year, peer-nominated Community Investment Volunteer Award (CIVA) winners are honored and presented with $1,000 grants for the charities of their choice. The amount rises to $6,000 for the Volunteer of the Year.

Yvette AuyeungYvette Auyeung,
Technical Underwriting, Jersey City

Yvette’s selection as Zurich’s 2018 Volunteer of the Year is based on years of dedicated service to young people in the New York City area. In January 2013, Zurich began a series of professional skills outreach programs with Leadership and Public Service High School (LPHS) in New York City. Under Yvette’s leadership, these programs have attained great success. "My hope is that one day, one or more of the students from our professional skills programs becomes a Zurich colleague," said Yvette.

Larry FranklinLarry Franklin,
North America Commercial Insurance, Texas – Virtual Office

For five years, Larry has served as the volunteer Director of Providence Community Garden, a three-acre community garden in Boerne, Texas. The garden produces a supply of fresh produce for a local nonprofit organization providing food for families in need. "When I see a need, I want to eliminate it," said Larry. "I cannot fix the world, but I can do something about things within my reach."

Rebecca HelkowskiRebecca Helkowski,
Operations, Schaumburg, IL

Rebecca is a leader for Zurich's relationship with Shelter, Inc., providing community-based, emergency and longer-term housing for children and adolescents. She has served as the Shelter, Inc. Associates Board’s Vice President and recently stepped into the role of President. "Getting involved with community organizations helps to further diversify the people I interact with, resulting in a broader awareness of ways we can all help each other," said Rebecca.

Chavonne HudsonChavonne Hudson,
Operations, Jersey City

Over the past five years, Chavonne has volunteered at New York Common Pantry, an affiliate of United Way New York City (UWNYC). She has assisted hundreds of families in ordering culturally, nutritionally balanced groceries, working with colleagues to organize, pack and distribute the food packages. "I grew up as a recipient of some of the programs that I volunteer for, and I understand how important they are to families in need," said Chavonne.

Jennifer TaylorJennifer Taylor,
Marketing, Distribution & Regional Management, Houston

As the Community Investment Leader for the Houston office, Jennifer leverages the capacity of the team in planning, staffing and executing Community Investment events. She co-coordinated Zurich's engagement with community agencies and nonprofits in the preparation for and recovery from Hurricane Harvey. "The focus on helping those in need and being a part of something bigger than ourselves, is an inspiration to me and exemplifies Zurich's commitment to serving others," said Jennifer.

Richelle UlmerRichelle Ulmer,
Legal, Compliance, Regulatory Services, Government & Industry Affairs (LCRG), Schaumburg, IL

For over five years, Richelle has supported Habitat for Humanity’s (HFH) goal of helping families in need of decent, affordable housing achieve the dream of home ownership. As one of Zurich's Employee Champions for HFH, Richelle has coordinated more than 150 builds, providing hundreds of Zurich employees with opportunities to pitch in. "Getting more involved in our communities allows teams to work together for a common good and fosters creativity and skill development,” said Richelle.