The Merriam Rises Program

The Merriam Agency has been part of the local community for over 100 years. From the very beginning, the founders were involved in many charitable endeavors. One of the three tenets of our corporate mission statement is to … “contribute to the well-being of our community” … be it our immediate community or in another part of the United States, or the world.

Merriam Rises began several years ago with employees paying for the privilege of dressing down and wearing jeans on Fridays. Although the initiative did not have an official name until 2016, once the Jeans Fund reaches a certain level, the money is donated to a nonprofit that can use some additional help, even if it is a modest amount. The needs are great, and since we are a small group, we realized that contributing money alone greatly limited our ability to help. In order to go one step further, it was decided that we would offer our time and talents as well on a quarterly basis.

To date, we have helped cook and serve breakfast for 3,500 attendees at a local hot air balloon festival, sung Christmas carols at a nursing home, donated much needed items to a drop-in shelter and done outdoor work to prepare a kid’s summer camp for the season.

By shining a light on Merriam Rises, it is our hope that Merriam clients, and other ‘neighbors’ who read this, would want to assist us in some way. Offering to join us in a work day or an event we are supporting will always be welcome, as will your redeemable cans and bottles or any other monetary donations you might wish to make.

If you would like additional information about Merriam Rises, you may call Joan Waddell at (518) 393-2109, ext. 215, or feel free to browse photos from past projects on our website at: www.merriaminsurance.com/events/merriam-rises/.

Joan Waddell

Joan Waddell

Joan has a degree in Business and Personnel Management , and brings extensive and wide-ranging career experience to the Agency. She is a native of this area and returned to New York with her husband in 2005. They reside in Niskayuna and enjoy travel, music and outdoor activities.

Executive Assistant
Schenectady, NY

Toll-Free:
(877) MERRIAM x 215
(877) 637-7426 x 215

Joan Waddell

About Joan Waddell

Joan has a degree in Business and Personnel Management , and brings extensive and wide-ranging career experience to the Agency. She is a native of this area and returned to New York with her husband in 2005. They reside in Niskayuna and enjoy travel, music and outdoor activities.

Executive Assistant
Schenectady, NY

Toll-Free:
(877) MERRIAM x 215
(877) 637-7426 x 215