Colonial Life names volunteer of the year

Elisabeth Bischofberger named volunteer of the year

COLUMBIA, S.C. (May 18, 2012) — Colonial Life has named Elisabeth Bischofberger winner of the Frank Sumner Smith Jr. Volunteer of the Year Award. The award was presented at a ceremony May 18 at Colonial Life’s national headquarters in Columbia. It is given annually to a Columbia-based employee of Colonial Life or an affiliate of its parent company, Unum, who exhibits excellence in volunteer activities in the community, has a positive outlook about volunteerism, is an inspiration to his or her co-workers and whose activities have had a definite effect on the quality of life in the community.

Elisabeth is a senior public sector account manager at Colonial Life. Her volunteer activity has included:

  • Working actively with the Humane Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals in Columbia, including serving as race director for the See Spot Run 5K fund-raiser. She first became involved as volunteer coordinator when the event started in 2010. The following year, the organization’s board asked her to serve as the event and race director, overseeing all aspects of the run and walk. Her role has included mapping a new course, recruiting and overseeing volunteers and all logistics. The race has raised $35,000 for the Humane Society in the past two years.
  • Serving as a core team member for Colonial Life’s Young Professionals group, a forum for employees transitioning from the college environment to the corporate world.
  • Serving as president of the company’s running club.
  • Volunteering annually for Special Olympics and coordinating volunteers from the Columbia campus.
  • Coordinating tickets sales for three years as a member of Colonial Life’s Employee Social Council.
  • Serving on the advisory board for her college sorority.
  • Regularly donating blood and platelets to the American Red Cross.

“I’m a huge animal lover and a runner, and working with See Spot Run allowed me to put both of my passions together to benefit the community,” Bischofberger said. “Participation in any event goes up with a strong leader. Volunteering offers a huge opportunity to learn leadership and management skills and that’s where I want my career to go.”

Community service has always been an important part of the company’s culture, Colonial Life President and CEO Randy Horn said at the award presentation. “Colonial Life has been a strong, proactive corporate neighbor in our community since the company was founded more than 70 years ago,” Horn said. “Our civic and charitable efforts are one way we ‘walk the talk’ — a way we live our mission to create lasting and valuable relationships in the places where we live and work.”

As part of the award presentation, Colonial Life made a $1,000 donation to Bischofberger’s charity of choice, the Humane Society.

About Colonial Life

Colonial Life & Accident Insurance Company is a market leader in providing financial protection benefits through the workplace, including disability, life, accident, dental, cancer, critical illness and hospital confinement indemnity insurance. The company’s benefit services and education, innovative enrollment technology and personal service support more than 80,000 businesses and organizations, representing more than 3 million of America’s workers and their families. For more information visit www.coloniallife.com or connect with the company at www.facebook.com/coloniallifebenefits, www.twitter.com/coloniallife and www.linkedin.com/company/colonial-life.