Rotary Club of Deerfield Valley receives $5,000 from Richards Group

Courtesy photos: Top, Garden of Hope; Below, Rotary Centenary Walk.

Community support can help double the donation to $10,000 by sharing the story on social media

Vermont Business Magazine Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance announced that The Richards Group has won a 2022 Make More Happen Award, which recognizes their outstanding volunteerism with the Rotary Club of Deerfield Valley and their commitment to making a positive impact in the community. The prize includes an initial donation of $5,000 with a chance to double the amount to $10,000 which will directly benefit the Rotary Club of Deerfield Valley. It is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing service to others, promoting integrity and peace through a community of business, professional and community leaders.

Starting Thursday, September 1, the story of The Richards Group and the Rotary Club of Deerfield Valley will be featured on the official Make More Happen microsite at where supporters can vote to help the team reach its donation goal. If the featured story receives at least 500 votes – social media shares and comments on their story – the donation will be increased to $10,000.

For many years, several members of the Richards Group have chosen to dedicate their time and efforts to the Rotary Club of Deerfield Valley. Rotary uses its resources to provide college scholarships, share philanthropic principles with students, provide winter coats to those in need, help distribute holiday food baskets to those suffering from food insecurity, knit hats for cancer patients, and much more. The agency also attends weekly Rotary meetings, volunteers regularly, and sponsors events throughout the year to benefit the organization.

“Rotary pours all of its efforts and funds directly into our community in so many ways and The Richards Group is truly honored to support its mission,” said Jessica Kain, Personal Lines Account Manager for The Richards Group. “We are eternally grateful to receive this Make More Happen Award from Liberty Mutual and Safeco for providing the Rotary Club of Deerfield Valley with much-needed funds to continue its impactful work.”

The $10,000 donation would help fund the Rotary Club of Deerfield Valley’s annual commitments, such as supporting youth school programs, business scholarships, adaptive sports programs and the local Humane Society.

“It warms our hearts to see the endless dedication of our agents to their nonprofit partners through their volunteerism, fundraising and overall awareness efforts,” said Deborah Bissell, Senior Territory Manager for Safeco. Insurance Northeast Region. “The Make More Happen Awards allow our agents to have an even greater impact in Brattleboro and West Dover and we hope it inspires others to do the same.”

Throughout 2022, Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance will select up to 37 independent agents nationwide for a Make More Happen award, donating up to $370,000 to the nonprofits they support. Agencies became eligible for the award by submitting an application and photos demonstrating their commitment to a specific nonprofit organization.

About Liberty Mutual Insurance

Liberty Mutual’s goal is to help people embrace today and confidently pursue tomorrow. Our promise to our customers around the world is to provide protection against the unexpected, delivered with care.

In business since 1912 and based in Boston, Massachusetts, today we are the fifth largest property and casualty insurer in the world based on 2018 gross written premiums. We also rank 75e on the Fortune 100 list of the largest companies in the United States based on 2018 revenue. We employ nearly 50,000 people in 30 countries and economies around the world. We offer a wide range of small business insurance products and services through our independent agent partners, including Business Owners Policy, Comprehensive Commercial Package, Inland Marine, work accidents and more.

About Safeco Insurance

In business since 1923, Safeco Insurance sells auto, home and specialty insurance products through a network of more than 10,000 independent insurance agencies across the United States. Safeco is a Liberty Mutual insurance company.

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About the Richards Group

The Richards Group has been providing insurance, benefits and retirement plan solutions to clients in Vermont and New Hampshire since 1867. The company has more than 150 employees in 12 locations and has been recognized for both its contributions to our local communities and as one of the best places to work in the region. The Richards Group is committed to helping employers with workplace safety, employee retention and well-being. We recognize that while helping employers manage the cost and complexity of their insurance and benefits, we use our expertise, technology and resources to improve their workforce.

For more information about the company and its capabilities, please visit

About the Rotary Club of Deerfield Valley

The Rotary Club of Deerfield Valley is a voluntary service organization made up of people who want to make a positive difference in the community. The Club, created in 2005, has 44 Rotarians who live or work in the Valley.

Our club members are dedicated individuals who share a passion for community service and friendship. Becoming a Rotarian puts you in touch with a diverse group who share your desire to give back.

The Rotary Club of Deerfield Valley is a hands-on club that carries out community service projects to improve the lives of people in our valley. Our members embody the motto of Rotary, “Serving Before Self.”

We donate over $30,000 each year to local neighbors and organizations in need, funded by our various events and generous donors.

BRATTLEBORO, Vermont (August 29, 2022) — Liberty Mutual and Safeco Insurance