Be Involved + RiSE Awards

The philanthropic spirit of Bouchard Insurance started with our founder, Roger Bouchard, more than 70 years ago. His giving nature has been passed down through our company’s growth and leadership changes and has become ingrained in our company culture.  

We recognize that we are more than just a business, we are part of a community. We planted roots in the Tampa Bay community when we were founded and feel fortunate to be able to give back to it throughout the year.

 Be Involved team at a Adopt-a-Highway cleanup in Clearwater

Be Involved team at a Adopt-a-Highway cleanup in Clearwater

Our reach in the community is both on an individual level and through corporate-wide initiatives. We have examples of philanthropic leadership throughout our company including many who serve on boards for organizations such as Paint Your Heart Out Clearwater, Eckerd, Pinellas Education Foundation, The Arc, Homeless Empowerment Program, and Gracepoint Foundation.

Our Be Involved committee coordinates activities with local community organizations throughout the year and each employee is given one PTO day per year to use at a volunteer opportunity of their choice. Some of the group organizations we support are Adopt-a-Highway, Clothes to Kids, Paint Your Heart Out Clearwater, The Arc of Tampa Bay, Eckerd, Tampa Bay Watch, Metropolitan Ministries, and Habitat for Humanity. We hold our annual Bouchard Insurance 5K which benefits the Gramatica Family Foundation. Last year our event raised $20,000 toward their mission to build mortgage-free homes for combat wounded veterans in the Tampa Bay area.

We were honored to be recognized as a nominee for Commitment to the Community at the 1st Annual Tampa Bay RiSE Awards. The Rise Awards Breakfast was held on November 8th at the new James Museum of Western & Wildlife Art in Downtown St. Petersburg. Proceeds from the event benefited student scholarships at LiFT Academy, an organization which serves children and young adults with neurodiversities, including autism, intellectual disabilities, developmental delays, ADD/ADHD and other learning differences.

 Rise Award Nominees at The James Museum in St. Petersburg

Rise Award Nominees at The James Museum in St. Petersburg

It was a beautiful and moving breakfast that featured Keynote Speaker Dr. Jennifer Arnold, Medical Director of the Simulation Center at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital and star of TLC’s The Little Couple. Several of the students directly impacted by LiFT Student Scholarships also gave moving speeches on the impact the organization has made in their life.

We were humbled to receive the award for Commitment in the Large Company category.

 2018 RiSE Awards winners

2018 RiSE Awards winners

Thank you to the RiSE Awards and LiFT Organizations for all you are doing for our communities, we are honored to be among those you recognized and will continue to live up to this recognition.


About the Author

Kelly Newton is the Vice President of Human Resources at Bouchard Insurance. With 20 years of experience she considers herself lucky to be leading the coolest HR team out there. | Connect on LinkedIn