Since its inception, the Merriam Insurance Agency has been 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. Since then, the initiative has evolved to include quarterly events, competitions and a well-stocked snack bar in which the money is donated to a nonprofit that can use some additional help. 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 in addition to donations. Some of the local organizations we have assisted this year are The Cohoes Connect Project, Camp Pattersonville, Capital City Rescue Mission, the YWCA of Schenectady, the Schenectady Rotary, and the SCCC Foundation. We were also blessed to donate to Mission of Hope in Mobile, Alabama and the Wyoming
Rescue Mission in Casper, Wyoming.
If you would like additional information about Merriam Rises, you may call Shannon Piegaro at (518) 393-2109, ext. 222, or feel free to browse photos from past projects on our website at: www.merriaminsurance.com/events/merriam-rises/
About Shannon Piegaro
Shannon is a graduate of the University at Albany with a Bachelor’s Degree in English. She is a licensed insurance broker currently assisting clients with their service needs. Shannon also helps run Merriam Rises, which benefits specifically chosen organizations every quarter through volunteer work and fundraising. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her loved ones and can often be seen performing in local theatrical productions.