Allstate agency provides grants

Local Allstate agent Travis Abel continues to support nonprofit community organizations through the Allstate Foundation Good Hands in the Community Grants. Over the past three years Abel has volunteered with and provided grant funding to different nonprofit organizations.

The Allstate Foundation provides opportunities for agents to volunteer for and award grant funding to nonprofit organizations within their communities. To recognize outstanding community involvement, The Allstate Foundation awards $500 and $1,000 grants to nonprofit organizations with Allstate volunteers. These grants are by invitation only from the Allstate volunteers.

In 2011, Travis Abel volunteered with and awarded a $1,000 grant to the Buckhannon River Watershed Association (BRWA). In 2012, he volunteered with and awarded a $1,000 grant to the West Virginia Irish Road Bowling Association (WVIRBA). In addition to volunteering with the WVIRBA, he also participates at the various competitions throughout the state. In 2012, he invited the WVIRBA to apply for the Agency Hands in the Community Grant, and they were awarded $1,000.

Dave Powell, an organizer with the WVIRBA, said, “We are happy that Travis has shown an interest in road bowling. He is a natural at the sport and continues to impress us year after year. We are very thankful that he invited us to apply for the 2012 grant cycle. The funding will be put to good use!”

In 2013, Abel continued his support of local organizations and invited the organizers of the West Virginia Strawberry Festival Jack Barker Memorial Canoe Race to apply for the $1,000 grant.

Adam Barker stated, “Canoe racing was something my dad and I enjoyed doing together. My mom and I are happy that the Strawberry Festival gives us the opportunity to honor his memory every year. We are very thankful to Travis and Allstate for awarding us with this grant.”

The Barker family used the grant funds to purchase T-shirts and a large banner to stretch across the Buckhannon River at the starting line. Abel said he is pleased to be in a position that allows him to help different groups throughout the community, and he looks forward to the 2014 grant cycle.