Watkins Insurance Group believes in caring for, and participating in our communities. Learn more about how Watkins is participating in our local communities by reading about our monthly service projects, below.
Hidden Pines Wildfire Relief
As of the morning of October 16, 2015, at least 34 homes and structures have been destroyed by the Hidden Pines fire in Bastrop county. Numerous central Texas families have been impacted in the second large wildfire in less than 5 years.
The employees of Watkins Insurance Group’s Austin office banded together in just a few hours to raise enough money to purchase cases of bottled water, Powerade, beef jerky, bar towels, trail mix packs, and crackers for the responders fighting the fire. Watkins staff members dropped these items off at the Central Texas Harley Davidson (2801 I-35, Round Rock). The Texas Firewalkers organization is handling donations at this location. A cash donation was also made to benefit the Bastrop County Long Term Recovery Team.
If you would like to help out, the city of Smithville requests that no more food or drink donations be made. Monetary donations can be given to the Smithville Ministerial Alliance or the Smithville Volunteer Fire Department. Monies will be utilized for future meals for our responders. Prosperity Bank is assisting in processing monetary donations. Their phone number is 512-237-9649.
If you would like to volunteer, check in at the Smithville City Hall (317 Main Street). Their phone number is 512-237-3282.
The Williamson County Sheriff’s Posse is asking for donation for the animals of the area. Hay, feed, and buckets can be dropped off at the Posse Arena (415 E Morrow Street, Georgetown).
Watkins Participates In The Girl Scouts Thin Mint Sprint
October 2015: Watkins Insurance Group was honored to sponsor the Girl Scouts Thin Mint Sprint benefitting the Central Texas Area Girl Scouts. Jenna Wilks, Jennifer McBroom and Tony McBroom all participated and completed the 5K for team Watkins Wanderers. Amanda Frazier completed the Daisy Dash with her daughter, Ansley, a local Girl Scout whose troop also participated in the race, and she earned a badge!
August 2015 — Austin Office Completes Austin Pets Alive Summer Drive
The Watkins Insurance Group community service committee, Watkins Aware, completed its summer drive benefitting Austin Pets Alive!. In total, the committee collected 3 large containers of blankets, towels, food, leashes, food bowls, grooming products, and a large dog crate. A monetary donation of $339.56 was also made to the organization. Committee members Nelda Guerrero-Croston, Amy Perez, and Michelle Roush were on hand to make the donation.
For more information about Austin Pets Alive!, please visit their website. http://www.austinpetsalive.org/
JUNE — St. Joseph Children’s Home
On June 4th, Watkins employees participated in a community service project hosted by the Young Agents for the Independent Insurance Agents of Texas (IIAT) 117th Annual Conference & Trade Show.
Gigi Byrd, Tamra Johnson, Dshanya Reese, Joe Guyton, Andy Webb, and Kelly Lyttle traveled to St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home in San Antonio to sort items in the donation center and participate in various landscaping projects at the home.
Watkins Insurance Group is proud to have employees participate in this annual event since its beginning in 2009.
While 17% of people say they never thought about being a blood donor, Watkins Insurance Group joined millions of other donors who took time to donate last week. Through the hour you gave, you have quietly helped people in need. Regardless of the circumstances or your reason for giving, your blood is a life-giving force. Your donation helped promote health and save lives. THANK YOU!
Last week, we donated 20 units of whole blood — that’s one drive! Our goal for this drive was 15 units. (Last year we donated 21 units for the entire year.)
Thanks to all donors and those that parked off site to make room for the bus—you are sincerely appreciated! Again, thank you!
FEBRUARY — American Heart Month
February is American Heart Month, a cause as close to our hearts as you can get!On Friday, February 3rd, Watkins celebrated “National Wear Red Day” to raise awareness of the dangers of heart disease in women.
Many of us learned for the first time that heart disease is the #1 killer of American women and overall kills an estimated 630,000 American men and women each year! In the U.S., heart disease is THE leading cause of death.
To learn more about heart disease and keeping your heart healthy, we suggest visiting the American Heart Association’s website.