HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Allstate New Jersey agency owners recently joined volunteers across 15 states to secure Allstate Foundation Helping Hands® grants to benefit 35 nonprofit organizations, including a $13,000 grant for Safe + Sound Somerset. The nonprofit will use the funding on programs to support domestic violence survivors.  
Nelson Espeland of the Espeland Group (Scotch Plains) was among the 14 local Allstate New Jersey agents who collected toys from local community members for children of domestic violence survivors served by Safe + Sound Somerset.
Donating needed supplies is a powerful way to support domestic violence nonprofits providing life-changing services to survivors of domestic violence and financial abuse. Organizations like Safe + Sound Somerset often operate with limited resources and collecting supplies helps nonprofits focus on serving more survivors.
“By collecting toys for Safe +Sound Somerset, Allstate New Jersey Agents helped make the holiday’s brighter for children of domestic violence survivors and raised awareness of the need to help end domestic violence and financial abuse,” said Espeland. 
"With one in four women experiencing domestic violence in her lifetime, this is an issue affecting every community, including the Hillsborough area,” said John Kane, Allstate New Jersey President. “We’re proud to dedicate our time and collect much-needed resources to support these vital local organizations and the survivors they serve. We care about helping survivors and their families break the cycle of violence in their lives.”
The supply drive was part of a multi-state effort of The Allstate Foundation benefiting 35 participating domestic violence nonprofits in Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Tennessee, Texas and West Virginia. The volunteer efforts raised $340,000 in grants for the nonprofits.
Safe + Sound Somerset is one of thousands of organizations this year to receive Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grants secured by Allstate agency owners and financial specialists for their volunteer efforts. The grants support organizations addressing domestic violence, youth empowerment, disaster preparedness, hunger and other causes.

The Helping Hands Grants are one example of The Allstate Foundation’s legacy of service and giving:
Since it was founded in 1952, The Allstate Foundation has contributed over $449 million to support community nonprofits.
In 2017, The Allstate Foundation contributed more than $33 million to support local communities.
Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation Purple Purse initiative has invested over $60 million to raise public awareness of domestic violence and financial and has empowered more than 1.3 million survivors on the road to safety and security through educational resources.
Participating Allstate New Jersey agency owner volunteers include (in alphabetical order by last name):
  1. Thomas Baumann, Bridgewater
  2. Thomas Birks, Bloomfield
  3. Shawn Burke, East Brunswick
  4. Nelson Espeland, Scotch Plains
  5. Wayne Douglas, Piscataway
  6. Greg Gravalis, Branchburg
  7. Yvette Irving, Franklin Lakes
  8. William Madden, Berkeley Heights
  9. Alison Martin, Toms River
  10. Shelby Mobley, Cedar Grove
  11. Ejona Qormemeti, Metuchen
  12. Raina Rauf, Monroe Township
  13. Ed Schon, Bridgewater
  14. Chetan Wattamwar, Somerset
To learn more about The Allstate Foundation Helping Hands Grants and all the ways Allstate volunteers put their Helping Hands to work in local communities, visit AllstateFoundation.org and follow along on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).
Helping Hands Grants are an initiative of The Allstate Foundation, an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation. The Allstate Foundation works to create more prosperous communities where people are empowered to fulfill their hopes and dreams by inspiring the next generation of leaders, breaking the cycle of domestic violence, closing the nonprofit leadership gap and honoring Allstate volunteers. More information is available at AllstateFoundation.org