Allstate agency owners to earn grant for Somerville’s RESPOND, Inc.


The Allstate Foundation grant to support nonprofit’s work to help end domestic violence and financial abuse

SOMERVILLE, Mass. – Allstate agency owners from the Somerville area will come together to host a supply drive and secure an Allstate Foundation Helping Hands® grant to benefit RESPOND, Inc. The grant will support the nonprofit organization’s mission to help end domestic violence and financial abuse.

The agency owners will each earn $1,000 for RESPOND, Inc. by collecting much-needed items during a supply drive. The public can participate by donating household items, toiletries, clothing and gift cards. More information on the most-needed supplies can be found at RESPOND, Inc. will use the grant to further its work in the community.

The participating Allstate volunteers are among thousands of agency owners around the country working to strengthen communities by volunteering their time to support the causes they care about most.

“I’ve personally seen how providing needed items and teaching domestic violence survivors how to financially empower themselves helps them break free of their situation,” said Allstate agency owner Adaias Souza. “Being able to help people in my community is important to me – and it’s a big part of who my fellow Allstate agency owners and I are as local residents and business owners. We’re proud to have been able to come together for RESPOND, Inc. and the people the organization serves across our community.”

In recognition of his longstanding efforts to combat domestic violence and support those affected by abuse, Souza will receive the RESPOND, Inc. Marie Siraco Community Activism Award. The award is given to an individual who has made outstanding contributions in activism or community service, in local communities and beyond, in the field of domestic violence.

“Adaias has been a key ally in our work to end domestic violence, dedicating his time and talent year after year, said Jessica Brayden, Executive Director, RESPOND, Inc. “From raising funds to building awareness and connecting clients to critical resources, Adaias, along with his fellow volunteers and The Allstate Foundation, have been exceptional supporters of our mission.”

RESPOND, Inc. is one of thousands of organizations this year to receive Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grants secured by agency owners on behalf of the nonprofits where they volunteer. The grants support organizations addressing domestic violence, youth empowerment, disaster preparedness, hunger and other causes.

The Allstate Foundation Helping Hands grants are one example of The Allstate Foundation’s legacy of empowering individuals and communities in need:

• Since 2005, The Allstate Foundation has invested $55 million to help more than 1 million women break free of domestic violence through life-changing financial education resources.

• Each October, domestic violence nonprofits across the country participate in the Purple Purse Challenge to raise funds for financial empowerment programs for domestic violence survivors. This year, more than 220 domestic violence nonprofits are competing for funds. Last year’s Challenge included nearly 200 nonprofits and raised nearly $4 million. To learn more and donate, visit


The public can donate supplies at the following Allstate agency locations:

• Brasil Insurance Agency:

53 Union Square, Somerville, MA

• Christina Bamberger Allstate Agency:

195 E. Main St., Unit 2, Milford, MA

• John Frankiewicz Allstate Agency

665 Main St., Waltham, MA

• M Hayden Allstate Agency

34 Main St. Ext, Plymouth, MA

• Nick Daddona Allstate Agency

74 State Rd., North Dartmouth, MA

• Patty Prashad Allstate Agency

432 Main St., Fitchburg, MA

• Ryan Grande Allstate Agency

160 Summer St., Ste. K1, Kingston, MA

About The Allstate Foundation

Established in 1952, The Allstate Foundation is an independent, charitable organization made possible by subsidiaries of The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL). Through partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the country, The Allstate Foundation brings the relationships, reputation and resources of Allstate to support innovative and lasting solutions that enhance people’s well-being and prosperity. With a focus on building financial independence for domestic violence survivors, empowering youth and celebrating the charitable community involvement of Allstate agency owners and employees, The Allstate Foundation works to bring out the good in people’s lives. For more information, visit

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