Director of Marketing & Communications
Yardley, PA, October 10, 2016 – Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS), the international risk management, insurance, and actuarial science collegiate fraternity, partnered with the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) on its Annual Week of Giving to present a service project at the 45th Annual International Conference, held last week in Columbus. In conjunction with the 4th Annual GIS Week of Giving, the conference featured a GIS-wide community service project supporting Dress for Success (DFS) Columbus, aimed at gathering professional attire to help disadvantaged women re/enter the workforce.
Prior to the conference, each GIS chapter received a suggested clothing or accessory category on which to focus. Students traveled to Columbus with bags – and in some cases, suitcases – full of donated items. The drive garnered widespread support, with nearly 100% participation from the 57 chapters in attendance. The donations filled two SUVs with boxes of professional clothing, shoes, accessories, and jewelry, which were delivered to the DFS Columbus offices. DFS empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire, and the development tools to help them thrive in work and in life. This mission resonated with the GIS leadership and membership base of burgeoning young professionals, who are committed to community service.
The GIS-IICF partnership provides a compelling continuum, with the IICF representing the industry in full force, and GIS as the next generation that will follow in their footsteps. Taken together, this paints a powerful picture of the industry’s strength, dedication, impact, and legacy.
Since inaugurating the Week of Giving, GIS students have organized and completed hundreds of service projects benefitting their local communities, from reading to children and volunteering at animal shelters to leaf and snow removal for elderly neighbors and working in soup kitchens. On the occasion of its 50th anniversary in 2015, GIS created a volunteerism component to the annual conference, shifting the timing of its annual week of service, previously held in February. It was incredibly well received by both students, alumni, and industry participants and is planned to continue as a core feature at the conference each year.
Incorporated in 1965 and boasting an annual membership of over 4,000 students at 71 colleges and universities throughout North America, Gamma Iota Sigma (GIS) has over 50 years of history of engaging students and preparing them for careers in insurance. GIS is the only organization of its kind and is THE solution to the industry’s talent gap issue, pursuing a mission to promote, encourage, and sustain student interest in insurance, risk management, and actuarial science as professions. GIS is committed to growing the number of highly qualified students entering the industry; to that end, the number of GIS students and active chapters has more than doubled in recent years and continues to grow. In partnership with corporate supporters, professional organizations, and trade associations, the full spectrum of GIS programming provides its members with meaningful interaction with the industry, as well as the tools to pursue and succeed in an insurance career. For more information, visit: GammaIotaSigma.org.