Community Programs

Symetra believes in working closely with our partners to build strong communities, both within the Pacific Northwest and across the county. The company’s civic involvement takes many forms and spans a wide array of projects—from helping disadvantaged children, to supporting a thriving arts culture, to honoring the region’s public school teachers. Its charitable and community participation strategy is one of corporate social responsibility, integrated into the business practices of the company.

Financial support is one way Symetra does its part, but at the heart of all the community-building activities is an enthusiastic employee engagement. Symetra encourages employees to participate as involved partners.

In 2007, Symetra’s community contributions included:

8,000 hours of volunteer service
300 charitable organizations supported by employees
18 non-profit board leadership positions held by company executives

Special Projects

Symetra Heroes in the Classroom In partnership with the Seattle Seahawks, this program celebrates public school teachers for outstanding leadership and instructional skills.
Symetra Bellevue Family 4th Symetra brings families, neighbors and Washington communities closer together, as the title sponsor for this Fourth of July celebration.
Helping to Rebuild Post-Katrina Symetra employees traveled South to build a playground for the Ocean Springs YMCA near Biloxi, Miss., a hurricane Katrina affected area.

Here’s what the community is saying:

"Helping build a better community is not just a phrase spoken at Symetra, it is apparent as a company philosophy and commitment shared by its employees. We are honored to have their support and work alongside Symetra volunteers."
— Trish Carpenter, Overlake Service League

"I can’t believe people who don’t know us would care enough to send such cool stuff. The packages could not have arrived at a better time — you wouldn’t believe what it did for the morale of my unit."
— A soldier in Iraq who received "A Little Bit of Home" care package

"It’s wonderful to see companies like Symetra going into our schools and giving teachers the recognition they deserve. There are thousands of teachers across the district who are doing critical work every day to help kids succeed. They truly are the unsung heroes of our community, and to have a program that lets their kids see just how important their teacher is — it is really special."
— Cheryl Chow, Seattle School Board President

For more information on Symetra’s social responsibility programs, click here.

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