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LaShonda Perry donates $1,000 to CIS through Allstate Grant

Allstate Check PresentationCIS graduate LaShonda Perry has fond memories of her days as a student enrolled in Communities In Schools at both Coulwood Middle School and West Charlotte High School. In fact, when her employer, Allstate Insurance Company, encouraged employees to get involved in their community and volunteer for a worthy charitable cause, LaShonda says she immediately thought of CIS.

LaShonda found the CIS website and sent an email inquiry to find out about volunteer needs. LaShonda was matched to a child at Walter G. Byers Elementary and has been her lunch buddy since last fall. She goes every Wednesday to have lunch and spend time with her ‘buddy’, and has befriended lots of other girls in the class, too. “I love going each week and it makes me feel good to know I’m supporting kids in the CIS program that helped me,” LaShonda added.”

LaShonda Perry & lunch buddyThen LaShonda took it a step further: The Allstate Foundation is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year and the company held an employee contest called “Give Outside the Box.” Employees could nominate a nonprofit to receive a $1,000 grant and had to explain how the grant would help the community. LaShonda nominated Communities In Schools, and after employees voted at the local and then regional level, CIS was a winner in the southeast region!

“I’ve always wanted to give back to CIS because it really helped me a lot, especially in high school when I was hoping to attend college,” LaShonda said. “I’m the first in my family to go to college, and I’m a proud graduate of N.C. A&T University. Now I’m working for a great company that’s enabled me to give back in a bigger way than I ever imagined. It feels good.”

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