Warriors Guard Klay Thompson, Season Ticket Holders And Esurance Staff To Participate In First Joint Event at San Francisco and Marin Food Banks On Monday, December 16
The Golden State Warriors, in conjunction with the direct-to-consumer insurance company Esurance, are launching a volunteer platform for the 2013-14 season titled WE G.I.V.E where Warriors players and staff, along with Warriors season ticket holders and additional fans, will team up to Give, Inspire, Volunteer and Educate at a variety of events focused to support organizations whose mission is to give back to the Bay Area community. To tip-off the WE G.I.V.E. platform, the Warriors and Esurance will host over 75 Warriors season ticket holders who will work side-by-side with Warriors guard Klay Thompson, Warriors President and COO Rick Welts and Esurance CEO Gary Tolman and additional staff as they visit the San Francisco and Marin Food Banks on Monday, December 16 to assist with the Food Bank’s efforts to provide food to residents in San Francisco and Marin Counties.
“The creation of this volunteer platform with Esurance is a great way for both the NBA and Esurance to continue to encourage our fans to give back to the community and provide them a platform to do so,” said Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts. “Our partnership with Esurance over the years continues to evolve and this new community platform is a great extension of the work we have already done together to touch fans in the Bay Area and continue to remind them to be community conscious.”
Additional events throughout the 2013-14 season include a Habitat for Humanity build event and a San Francisco Parks Alliance clean-up event. The Habitat for Humanity event will be open to Warriors Season Ticket Holders and the San Francisco Parks Alliance clean-up will be open to the general public to participate. Fans interested in participating should visit warriors.com/wegive for more information and to sign up to be a part of the event.
“Community involvement is important to Esurance, and partnering with the Warriors on these events is an excellent way for us to support the Bay Area,” said Esurance President and CEO Gary Tolman. “We have a great relationship with the Warriors, and this innovative program is a terrific way to bring Warriors fans and the community together.”
This is the 11th event in the last five years that Esurance, the official auto and property insurance provider of the Warriors, has partnered with the Warriors as part of the company’s ongoing support to the local community and the environment. Past events included Green Mob initiatives with the Warriors and Esurance partnering for a handful of BART rides throughout the Bay Area with Clipper card giveaways to encourage environmentally conscious transportation options, visits with the Build San Francisco Institute to the California Academy of Sciences, and more.
The San Francisco and Marin Food Banks play a central role in the food assistance network in San Francisco and Marin, where one in four residents is at risk of hunger. Families, seniors and individuals find critical support in the food the Food Bank delivers to its 450 partnering organizations, including 240 weekly grocery pantries. Each week, the Food Bank’s programs serve more than 147,000 people.
The pantry network is the cornerstone of the Food Bank’s distribution system. Set up farmer’s market-style, volunteers help households select groceries that can be used to create home-cooked meals. Nearly 60 percent of what is distributed is fresh fruits and vegetables.
The Food Bank will distribute more than 46 million pounds of food to the community this year alone – enough for more than 105,000 meals every day.