2012 Community Report

At Travelers, our commitment to doing right is woven not only through our business, but also through all of our philanthropic work. Our commitment to serving the community is an important part of our business culture, and as we reflect on our 160 years as a company, we are proud of Travelers' long history of enabling the American Dream. From helping low-income families attain homeownership, to empowering women and minority entrepreneurs, to providing opportunities for young people to excel in high school, college and beyond, we are dedicated to providing tools and resources to help develop safe, livable communities and educate our next generation.

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Celebrating five years of Travelers EDGE®

Travelers commemorated the fifth anniversary of its signature education program, Travelers EDGE (Empowering Dreams for Graduation and Employment), which empowers underrepresented students on the path to the American Dream through attainment of bachelor's degrees.

In a clear signal of the program's success, The Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education in January released a comprehensive report praising Travelers EDGE as a leading corporate college-access and professional-development program to help underrepresented students succeed.

Read The Pell Institute Press Release >

View the Travelers EDGE video >

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Supporting small businesses, the backbone of our local communities

SBRETravelers announced a $150,000 grant to the Valley Economic Development Center, the largest non-profit business development corporation in the metropolitan Los Angeles area, to establish the Travelers Small Business Risk Education (SBRE) program.

The program, piloted in 2012, assists women and minority business owners in identifying and managing the challenges of small business ownership by offering education and training in safety risk management and business continuity planning.

Hear from the program participants >

Increasing homeownership by building affordable, safer residences in low-income neighborhoods

The Travelers Foundation partnered with Habitat for Humanity® International and the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS) to help build affordable, wind-resistant homes and improve the quality of life in low-income communities.

Constructed in accordance with IBHS's FORTIFIED construction standards, additional builds are being planned for various markets through 2013 and beyond.

The team celebrated the framing of one of the first homes in Bay Waveland, Miss., with homeowner Heather Adams and local elected officials and community leaders.

Read the Habitat press release >

Travelers employees continue to spread philanthropic footprint across the U.S.

In 2012, Travelers employees continued to engage as champions of our core focus areas of education, community development and arts and culture. From volunteering in public schools to building local Habitat for Humanity® homes, the scope of our employees' compassion for giving back continues to have an impact:

  • Travelers employees logged more than 42,800 corporate and personal volunteer hours, up from 31,000 in 2011.
  • Our employees requested matching funds of nearly $2 million for their local communities:
    • In recognition of our employees' volunteer hours, 571 $500 grants went to 411 organizations in 31 states and the District of Columbia, totaling $285,500.
    • Forty-nine states and the District of Columbia received matching grants based on employees' cash donations.

See our employee volunteer impact map >

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