Volunteering as a way to inspire the next generation to give back
'We all take from society, but we also need to give back,' says Allstate agency owner Sunil Jain
It’s difficult for Allstate agency owner Sunil Jain to pinpoint the moment he decided to step off the sidelines and join the volunteer ranks at his children’s rowing club.
“I saw kids learning how to work together, hustle, and compete, and something clicked for me,” said Jain. “When you think about it, they’re learning skills kids need to succeed in life.”
And so for the past two years, Jain has volunteered for the Everett Rowing Association, doing everything from setting up tables to cooking food for race participants. To further support Everett, Jain secured $2,000 for Everett through the Allstate Foundation Helping Hands in the Community grant program, which supports causes Allstate agency owners are passionate about.
“As adults, we have an incredible opportunity to show young people that they can make a difference,” said Jain. “I want my kids to see me involved and giving back, so they can also get involved.”
Inspired by her father, Jain’s 18-year-old daughter, Tanya, helps him cook meals for racers who often are famished after competing in all-day regattas.
“Volunteering matters because it’s about the community you live in,” said Tanya Jain. “When you give back, you make it better for yourself and everyone else in your community.”
On Friday, the senior Jain will join 15,000 youth from across Washington state as they celebrate their volunteer efforts on issues such as bullying, access to clean water and poverty at WE Day Seattle. WE Day, an international series of stadium-sized events, brings together world renowned speakers and performers to inspire youth to lead change in their communities. Jain is also looking forward to participating in WE Volunteer Now, a WE Charity initiative supported by The Allstate Foundation that enables local youth to brainstorm, plan and lead volunteer projects during National Volunteer Week (April 23–April 29).
For the senior Jain, it’s about paying it forward.
“We all take from society, but we also need to give back and help others. It’s about passing on the torch to the next generation. I thought rowing would be a great exercise for my kids, but in helping others, it became rewarding for me as well.”
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