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        The Giving Network

        Through the Erie Insurance Giving Network, we volunteer our time and give annually to organizations that support our three areas of focus—community building, safety and environmental responsibility.

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        Living the Golden Rule

        At ERIE, we believe in investing in our communities and in the lives of others. We give our time, talent and resources in three key areas of focus.

        Community building

        We support the United Way and projects for urban revitalization and basic human needs. We also help culture and arts initiatives, entrepreneurialism and education.


        We support the disaster relief efforts of the American Red Cross and other programs that help keep individuals and families safe and out of harm’s way.

        Environmental responsibility

        We plant community gardens and help programs that use resources, energy and new technologies responsibly.

        Helping Our Local Communities
        Our employees and agents build homes, feed families and?tutor young students. Through the ERIE Service Corps, employees also spend up to nearly eight hours of a workday volunteering in the community. Other employee initiatives such as the Matching Gifts program, the H.O. Hirt Scholarship Fund and the F.W. Hirt Employee Emergency Fund help address the financial needs of community organizations, students and others. Insurance agents who are wholeheartedly committed to community service can receive an annual grant to give to their favorite non-profit organizations.
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        ERIE employee pushing wheelbarrow full of dirt
        • Zach was part of a team of employee volunteers who helped landscape the grounds of a public school in Erie, Pa.

        ERIE employees holding balloons
        • Employees and agents volunteered at the Puerto Rican Festival in Rochester, New York.

        ERIE Employees preparing food
        • Employees prepare food at the Northern Illinois Food Bank, which serves the suburbs of Chicago and rural communities across Northern Illinois.

        ERIE Employees packing bags with food
        • For the holidays, Erie Insurance donated 500 meal prep bags to the families at Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary School in Erie, Pa.
        ERIE Employees standing in front of Habitat for Humanity build
        • Employees and agents help support a home rehabilitation project for the Milwaukee Habitat for Humanity. The project was part of a neighborhood revitalization program.

        ERIE Proud to Serve YOU
        • Volunteers from ERIE rallied to help at a community festival.

        ERIE employees packing bags with food
        • Employees Melody and Jane pack food as part of a service project for the Salvation Army.

        ERIE employees attending a baseball game
        • Family, friends and co-workers gathered to honor or remember those touched by cancer and support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Light The Night Walk.

        Erie Employees preparing care packages
        • Patrick, Megan and other volunteers pack food for families of Pfeiffer-Burleigh Elementary, a service project through the Adopt-A-School partnership.

        ERIE employee with puppy
        • Kara comforts a dog and other pets at the ANNA Shelter (Association for Needy and Neglected Animals) in Erie, Pa.

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        Other Ways We Care

        We support communities in many ways. Learn more?about the way we work.

        Contact Us

        If you need to get in touch with us, please call Community Outreach at (814) 870-2940 or email givingnetwork@erieinsurance.com.

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        Through the Serving Together Program, Erie Insurance supports our fire prevention education, free smoke alarm installations in high risk neighborhoods and enables us to provide the needed assistance to those experiencing a disaster.  Our partnership with Erie Insurance provides the financial, volunteer and leadership support that makes a real difference in the safety of our communities.



        A Tradition of Giving

        Service has been part of our company’s vision from the start. ERIE’s founder H.O. Hirt had a passion for connecting people, ideas and resources to solve problems in the community. For instance in 1945, when H.O. learned about foster parents plan to help the War Orphans Fund, he encouraged employees to make small monthly donations to the cause. H.O. received many awards and citations in recognition of his contributions and service to the community and the insurance industry. The promise of service to our customers and the community continues to pass from generation to generation at ERIE.




        By the numbers

        Here’s A snapshot of how we helped communities in 2017.

        Learn more about our categories of corporate giving.

        VOLUNTEERS 5.7K

        Employees spent nearly 5,700 hours volunteering.

        DONATIONS 4K

        3,964?Charitable gifts Were given by employees and matched by ERIE.

        CHARITIES 485

        485 charities received donations from ERIE and our employees.


        Request Funding

        Nonprofit, tax-exempt organizations and accredited educational institutions located in the areas served by Erie Insurance  are encouraged to submit a funding request annually. Your request should also support one of our areas of focus: Safety, Community Building and Environmental Responsibility.  You can submit a funding request under $10,000 for consideration at any time . The deadlines to submit funding requests of $10,000 or more are:

        • November 15, 2019

        (Note: All Erie County EITC funding requests must be submitted by this date in order to be reviewed)

        • February 10, 2020
        • May 8, 2020
        • July 24, 2020
        • September 18, 2020

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