Unum plants seed for educational growth at Siskin

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Unum plants seed for educational growth at Siskin

For the past two years, Unum has partnered with Siskin Children’s Institute as part of Chattanooga’s annual Clean and Green event.

The event is organized by River City Company and unites organizations throughout the community for a day of cleaning and giving back to downtown Chattanooga.

As part of this year’s event, Unum assisted Siskin at their Early Learning Center by building garden beds, planting vegetables and flowers and cleaning classrooms. Employees were also given a tour of the facility to learn more about the ways Unum assists them in meeting their students’ needs throughout the year.

“Being able to help such an amazing organization and knowing we are helping make a difference is an incredible feeling that is difficult to put into words,” Kelly Malone, Voluntary Benefits Specialist for Unum, said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity to work for a company that is committed to giving back and investing in their community.”

Thanks to Unum contributions, the Siskin Early Learning Center is now equipped to offer several classes to teach special needs children the importance of fresh, healthy eating and provide an opportunity to learn how these foods are grown.

“Over half of our corporate giving goes to benefit education in some capacity,” said Miles Huff, Community Relations Specialist at Unum. “We know that great futures begin with great education, and great education is the foundation of strong communities.”

In addition, a grant from Unum will allow children from Siskin’s three institute programs, the early learning center, the pediatric clinic and the home visiting program to attend a cooking class in August to enjoy a hands-on experience creating a mini-meal just for themselves.

“The unique learning experiences we are now able to provide our children is truly invaluable,” said Sara Collier, development and communications associate at Siskin Children’s Institute. “We are so grateful for Unum’s continued support of children with special needs in our community.”

Read more about Unum’s commitment to education in the 2017 Corporate Responsibility Report.