On June 23, Associated Bank’s Amy Hairston, business insurance consultant - AFG, presented a $15,000 check to Project for Pride in Living, Inc. from Westfield Insurance Foundation. Hairston had nominated the nonprofit organization Project for Pride in Living for the work they do to provide affordable housing and social services such as education, job training, community involvement, and other services to the families they serve.

The grant is part of the new Westfield Legacy of Caring program in which Westfield agencies across the country were invited to nominate a local nonprofit in the areas of disaster relief, insurance pathways, family stability or safety.

“Associated Financial Group and its employees are proud members of our communities in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois. Our collaboration with Westfield allows us to further our citizenship efforts and have impact in critically important initiatives,” said Hairston.

“We value our partnerships with our independent insurance agencies. Giving back to our agents’ communities in support of these key areas is an extension of the fundamental role that insurance plays every day in stabilizing families, businesses and communities,” said Ed Largent, Westfield President, CEO, board chair and Westfield Insurance Foundation chairman.


Project for Pride in Living is one of 45 nonprofit agencies nationwide to receive over $400,000 in donations from the Westfield Legacy of Caring program. Westfield is proud to work with their independent agents in distributing nearly $750,000 since the onset of the Legacy of Caring program last year.

Project for Pride in Living, Inc. (PPL) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering low-income people to become self-reliant through integrated services. PPL builds the hope, assets, and self-reliance of individuals and families who have lower incomes by providing transformative affordable housing and employment readiness services. PPL began as an affordable housing developer in 1972, and has since become a robust multi-service agency that today serves more than 13,000 low-income people annually. PPL has had significant organizational transformations throughout our history. Response to community need is the root of these evolutions.


Pictured left to right: Jami Wagner, client services manager at AFG; Joanne V. Kosciolek, vice president of development & external affairs at Project for Pride in Living; Jack Katzmark, CFO at Project for Pride in Living; and Amy Hairston.


About Westfield Insurance Foundation
Westfield Insurance Foundation was established in 2005 as an independent private foundation endowed by Westfield Insurance. In keeping with the values of Westfield Insurance, the Foundation exists as a dedicated community and industry partner; concentrating resources to have an impact on safety, disaster relief and family stability. The Foundation donates $3 million annually to a variety of charities.