June 6, 2017

Why we’re sharing stories of community renewal across the country

As The Renewal Project turns 1, reflecting on a year of celebrating the hard work that makes communities stronger

At Allstate, we give back and we help people. Our Good Hands take care of our customers, help agencies grow successful businesses, support communities, and bring out the good in society. The Renewal Project is a way for people to experience firsthand Allstate’s commitment to supporting local change makers who are strengthening their neighborhoods block by block.

As a network of 10,000 small businesses in communities across the country, we know that good ideas start at the local level. Our agency owners are our “finger on the pulse” of what’s happening in local communities–and The Renewal Project is a natural extension of that. We believe that communities around the country have the power to create their own renewal. We share these success stories because we know that a good idea in Charlotte could inspire a great idea in Albuquerque—and vice versa.

We believe that communities around the country have the power to create their own renewal.

It is our hope that more and more Americans will inspire one another to take action and work together to renew their communities every day. This past year, The Renewal Project has been a forum for local innovators to tell America what’s working in their cities. They’ve told us what they’ve learned and how others can use this knowledge to make their own communities thrive.

Since our launch last summer, we’ve discovered some of the very best ideas from all corners of the country: from a design initiative that provides planning expertise to neighborhoods in need in the eastern Coachella Valley in southern California to a campaign that aims to end chronic homelessness in Vermont. Some of our favorites have come straight from America’s Heartland. One of our most popular stories featured neighbors in Lincoln, Nebraska, who serve their community by feeding it; they tore up their lawns and planted crops. In another, artists in Indianapolis took over vacant homes and turned them into community art hubs.

In March, we announced the finalists of our annual Renewal Awards, which illuminate ground-up solutions to challenges faced by communities around the country. Together with The Atlantic, Allstate celebrated the exemplary work of 25 nonprofits, representing 18 cities in 12 states, from Palmdale California; to Eastport, Maine. Out of the nearly 500 nominees, five were awarded grants to continue their important community work.

It’s easy to see why, just one year after launching The Renewal Project, we are more inspired than ever by the stories of good and the extraordinary work ordinary people are doing together to improve their communities. I’m proud Allstate is highlighting the work of these incredible men and women and living into the idea that companies can do more–for communities, customers, and society.

I hope you’ll join us on our journey of renewal by subscribing to The Renewal Project newsletter and following us on social media. You can find us on Twitter (@TheRenewalProj), or like The Renewal Project on Facebook or Instagram.

Stacey Sharpe Allstate

Stacy Sharpe

Senior Vice President, Corporate Relations, Allstate

Stacy Sharpe is a Senior Vice President in Corporate Relations at Allstate. She began her career at Allstate in 1995 as a management trainee at Allstate Life Insurance Company, and has served as vice president of Allstate’s Capital Region; vice president, Federal Affairs; and communications director for the chairman, president and CEO of Allstate, among other roles.

Stacy also serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago Urban League and on the Chicago Advisory Board of Facing History and Ourselves. She is a 2007 Fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago and 2004 Minority MBA Next Generation of Minority Business Leaders winner. Stacy was named in The Hill publication’s 2011 list of Top Corporate Lobbyists. She is also a member of the North Shore chapter of The Links Inc. and is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Catalogue for Philanthropy—Greater Washington D.C.

Stacy holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Virginia and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago.