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Small gestures add up

Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Kim Hensley wanted to help her community while following health safety measures. 

“I started making the masks because there was a critical need for handmade masks when the protective equipment was in short supply,” said Hensley. “I knew I could use my sewing skills and my big stash of fabric to help meet that need.”

Hensley, a vice president in Nationwide’s legal team, is just one example of Nationwide employees making a difference as our communities face the toughest challenges of this century.

“Making the masks has made me feel like I’m part of the solution and doing something to help keep others safe,” said Hensley. “As long as there’s a need, I’ll be in my sewing room making masks.”


Other examples include employees making hats and blankets for newborns, helping students with online tutoring, organizing animal shelter supply drives, and figuring out how to continue fundraising efforts in a virtual world.

“As communities continue to experience impacts related to the pandemic, many nonprofit organizations stand on the front lines, providing basic necessities, wellness services and support to those in need,” said Nationwide CEO Kirt Walker. “Finances, staffs, programs and resources are being stretched as these non-profits not only serve their communities but feel the impact themselves. During these challenging times, we each have a responsibility, when we can, to lift those around us.”

So far this year, Nationwiders have raised more than 2 million meals, contributed $5.9 million to charities across the country, and continue to donate blood and track personal volunteerism.