National Income Life Insurance Company (NILICO) founder Bernard Rapoport believed if you take from the community, you must also give back to the community, whether it’s where you live, work, or visit.

When National Income Life representatives visit customers in their homes, they ask for a donation of a canned food item to help stock local food pantries. Each holiday season, local offices collect toys for kids in need. When disaster strikes, NILICO is on the front lines to help provide help and relief.

Whenever members of our independent sales force visit other communities for meetings and conventions, we partner with a local charity through our Closer to the Heart program. We collect financial donations that go directly to the organization, and whenever possible, engage in hands-on volunteer opportunities.

The projects listed below are examples of a few of NILICO’s Closer to the Heart partnerships.

Square Peg Foundation

Half Moon Bay, CA — Fall 2016

Square Peg pairs rescued horses with autistic kids in their therapeutic riding program. The kids are as good for the horses as the horses are for the kids. Volunteers helped with light chores, learned about the program, and observed training and lessons.

Children in Crisis

Destin, FL — Spring 2016

Children in Crisis provides hope for abused, neglected and abandoned children in the community. The Children’s Neighborhood has an emergency shelter and family foster homes that augment the shortage of foster homes in the community. Volunteers helped with spring cleaning the group homes in the Children’s Neighborhood.

Guanacaste Community Fund

Guanacaste, Costa Rica — Spring 2015

This organization funds various programs in this underserved rural area. Volunteers visited a CECUDI (a Spanish acronym for day care center) and played with the children, mostly children of local workers. The country’s unstable government withdrew funding before the center was completed. Donations helped finish inside facilities such as restrooms.

Samaritan Inn

McKinney, TX — Fall 2014

The agency is a comprehensive homeless program that helps willing people gain dignity and independence. All services and support are provided free of charge through funding made from donations. Volunteers assembled holiday meal baskets for Samaritan Inn’s community outreach program.

Homeless Prenatal Program

San Francisco, CA — Spring 2014

This program strives to break the cycle of childhood program by providing prenatal health and education for homeless and disadvantaged moms. Convention attendees brought baby outfits for HPP’s baby showers. Almost everyone who works for the organization is a former client.