Cumberland Insurance Supports Community Partnership Programs

February 1, 2010

BRIDGETON, NJ: The Cumberland Insurance Group announced the results of their 2009 philanthropic endeavors, which resulted in thousands of dollars in corporate and employee donations and hundreds of volunteer hours benefiting causes in communities throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, and Delaware.

“At The Cumberland Insurance Group, we believe that we are more than just an insurance company, we believe that we are an integral part and a contributing partner to the places where we live and work,” said Cumberland Insurance Group President and CEO Robert P. Brady. “The communities in which we do business are the lifeblood of our organization, and are where our employees live and raise their families. As such, giving back to the community and its residents is at the very center of our corporate philosophy.”

“Charitable endeavors have taken on additional meaning given the current economic state and the burdens felt by residents and organizations throughout the region,” Brady continued. “It is inspiring to see the continued level of participation among our staff during this time of need. Cumberland employees are doing amazing things to build stronger and more vibrant communities through their participation in Company-sponsored volunteer events, service on the boards of local community organizations, and the utilization of their professional skills and talents.”

During 2009, corporate citizenship initiatives within the community focused on a number of different areas. These included sponsorship of charitable events such as the Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers Golf Classic, and a gala to restore a historic high school stadium and build a new community center; employee fund-raising events and walk-a-thons for cancer and juvenile diabetes; and voluntary contributions from employees for a variety of non-profit organizations. Cumberland also continued its successful college scholarship program, and participated in national career public education programs. In addition, Board members, officers, and staff gave their time and expertise to a variety of civic groups, charitable organizations, faith-based groups, and special events which provided much needed support to the community.

Organizations receiving significant support in 2009 include:

Angel Food Ministries
Make-A-Wish Foundation
American Cancer Society
Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation
Cumberland County Historical Society
American Diabetes Association
Salvation Army
Bridgeton High School Stadium Restoration Committee
Cumberland County College
Delaware County Community College
Bridgeton Firefighter's Mutual Benevolent Association
Shelby Help Line Ministries
Bridgeton Save The Library Foundation

According to Executive Vice President Richard M. Ritter, “Cumberland’s dedication to strengthening our communities is a year-round commitment. Our ties to the community give us an in-depth knowledge of the unique needs each faces. So when the local library needs a new roof or an inner-city family won’t have a Christmas because they don’t have the money, our employees find a way to help. In most cases, they do so without much recognition or fanfare. It is important for them to know that the Company backs them in these efforts and is committed to working to ensure that they have the time, the resources, and the energy to give back to the community in a meaningful way.”

“In addition, many potential new employees, especially those who have done community service in high school or college, see company sponsored volunteer programs as a sign of a well-rounded organization, one that values its employees along with the community. By demonstrating our commitment, we create an environment which encourages innovative thinking and empowers employees to make functional decisions at all levels of the Company. This results in motivated individuals willing to help make our communities better places to live and work, which in turn, allows the Company to prosper,” Ritter concluded.

The Cumberland Insurance Group, established in 1844, is celebrating its 166th anniversary and currently serves over 120,000 policyholders in the states of New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, and Maryland. In 2008, the Company had Total Admitted Assets of $315,595,220 and a Policyholders’ Surplus of $140,166,468. For more information about The Cumberland Insurance Group, or to find an independent agent near you, please visit www.cumberlandgroup.com.

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