Staff Report

Five Allstate agency owners and financial specialists from the Central Coast recently volunteered to secure a $5,000 Allstate Foundation “Helping Hands Grant” to benefit The Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Program.

 The nonprofit program will use the funding to allow low-income children with special needs to attend high-quality equine-assisted programs.

Allstate volunteers earned the Allstate Foundation by pulling weeds, cleaning tack and participating in general clean-up work around the ranch.

The Allstate volunteers are among thousands of agency owners and financial specialists around the country working to help communities thrive by supporting the causalles they care about most.

“Our Allstate volunteers see firsthand the opportunities and challenges facing the communities we serve,” said Susan DalPozzo, Allstate agency owner in Lompoc. “Giving back is core to who we are, which is why we care deeply about dedicating time to volunteer to help improve lives across the Santa Ynez Valley, Lompoc, Santa Maria and Buellton.”

The Santa Ynez Valley Therapeutic Riding Program is one of thousands of organizations this year to receive Allstate Foundation Helping Hands Grants secured by agency owners, personal financial representatives and licensed sales professionals on behalf of the nonprofits where they volunteer. The grants support organizations addressing domestic violence, youth empowerment, disaster preparedness, hunger and other causes. 

Participating Allstate agency owners and financial specialists included Shawna Cota, Solvang; Susan Dal Pozzo, Lompoc; Brian Iversen, Arroyo Grande; Dana Iversen, Arroyo Grande; and Mary Rowan Ishikawa, Arroyo Grande and Santa Maria.