Last year after a “big check” photo, our Chairman and CEO Mehran Assadi turned to John Sayles, the CEO of the Vermont Foodbank and asked, “How many hungry children are there in Vermont?”
John replied, “Roughly 34,000.” (more…)
Many people refer to the culture at National Life as one of family. The genuine caring and interest we have for one another is obvious, especially when a crisis situation arises. Recently my colleagues Terri Carlyle and her sister-in-law and fellow National Life employee Mona McCain shared their niece’s story with me, bringing attention to a silent killer. Here it is in their words. (more…)
Today is Giving Tuesday. I’m not exactly sure who came up with the idea but personally, I feel conflicted. On one hand, it’s great to have a focused day to remind everyone that they should try to give back. On the other hand, I wish every day was a day of giving, that it was built into the fabric of who we are. But many of us are busy and we forget. Or maybe we don’t think what we can give would make a difference.
Well, think again.
My 13 year old daughter Erin is unfortunately dealing with some medical issues. We’re confident she’ll overcome them in the near future but it’s been a long road, one that she’s tiring of walking down. As her concerned parents, we’re doing all we can to keep her spirits up and to get as much information and support as we can so she can hopefully put it all behind her. This recently included meeting with a nutritionist. (more…)