Amica Mutual Insurance Company and the
Amica Companies Foundation '13
represented by: Robert DiMuccio, President & CEO
Courageous Thinking and Action
After World War II, there was a growing concern that young people needed a better understanding of thrift, economy and industry. In 1948, Amica Mutual Insurance Company along with a group of 21 Rhode Island businesses took action and founded Junior Achievement of Rhode Island. Over the last 65 years, Amica Mutual Insurance Company and later the Amica Companies Foundation have sponsored more than 30,000 JA students in Rhode Island, and hundreds of Amica employees have volunteered in the JA after-school and in-school programs to empower young people to own their economic success.
Vision and Innovation
As Chairman, President and CEO, Bob DiMuccio knows that to truly understand the needs of a community you must enable employees to be involved in the communities where they live and work. To advance the mission of the Foundation, Amica has created a Volunteer Day program, which provides employees with paid time off each year to volunteer at a nonprofit organization. Since the program began, many programs have been helped including shelters, scouting groups, schools, libraries and health-related organizations.
The Foundation’s purpose is to connect employees with the communities it serves through volunteerism. Amica employees are the heart of the company and have a long and rich history of volunteerism. Each year, employees give thousands of volunteer hours to local charities, organizations, and special projects to help make Rhode Island a better place to live and work.
Amica has been a long-standing partner with Junior Achievement of Rhode Island and has actively supported the organization’s mission to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. For more than 65 consecutive years, Amica has served in a leadership capacity as a member of the Junior Achievement board of directors.
For the past 32 years, William Schwab, Human Resource Officer at Amica has been representing Amica on the JA board of directors. Throughout his tenure on the board he has held leadership roles on several committees, a former chairman of the board, and executive committee member. Bill, is just one example of the thousands of Amica employees serving in leadership roles with nonprofit, civic and social organizations.
Amica has long encouraged employees to become active members of their communities. Many employees serve as board members for a variety of organizations, and many enjoy participating in the company’s Citizenship Grant program. This program awards grants to nonprofit organizations in the name of employees, and also their spouses, who volunteer their time and energy to those institutions.
One of the company’s most recent endeavors to assist the community was the Amica $75,000 Community Challenge, which benefited many Rhode Islanders in need of food, heat and housing. Amica worked on the challenge in partnership with the Rhode Island Community Food Bank, the United Way of Rhode Island and Crossroads Rhode Island, all of which provide essential life services to those in need.
JA Mission Moment
The Amica Companies Foundation is a strong supporter of the JA Job Shadow program which introduces young people to careers through a one-day, on-site orientation of the workplace. There are many young people who do not know anyone in their dream job. Working with JA and Amica employees, the Foundation is able to help connect young people with caring business
professionals to learn about the many careers that are available in the insurance industry.
Recently, Bob DiMuccio and several Amica employees hosted a JA Job Shadow student and shared how they got their job, current responsibilities and career success. It’s important that we empower students to make a connection between what they are learning in school and how it can be applied to the real world.