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More Than Insurance, McConkey Ensures Support for the York Community

Story by Michael Vyskocil for YRK Magazine

They are the people who help ensure that businesses and lives are protected from the unexpected. They are the individuals whom businesses have been turning to for support when decisions about protection count. When it comes to making York a better place for people to live in and work in, the employees of McConkey Insurance & Benefits have been and continue to remain ever committed to supporting neighbors and championing the work of agencies and nonprofits that serve York County.

Leaving a Legacy: The Tim Kotula Community Outreach Committee

Founded in 1890, McConkey Insurance & Benefits traces its roots back to the agency organized by Edwin K. McConkey, who worked for the Farmers Fire Insurance Company. McConkey created the agency as a way to sell policies for his insurance company. Upon McConkey’s death in 1925, his wife sold the agency to a family member for $1, and it remained a small family business for several decades. Beginning in the 1950s and continuing through 2001, the agency itself grew from a small team of only four employees to a company of close to 100 employees with two locations in Pennsylvania: York and Valley Forge.

But what hasn’t changed over the company’s more than 125-year history is its desire to respond to the needs of the community in ways that go beyond insurance brokerage services alone. To McConkey Insurance & Benefits employees, making an impact involves giving time and resources to help nonprofits meet the needs of York Countians.

McConkey’s internal committee, The Tim Kotula Community Outreach Committee, acts as that connector between McConkey’s employees and the needs of people in the community. This committee honors the legacy and memory of Tim Kotula of Hanover, a partner in McConkey, who originally created this employee-led effort and served as head of McConkey’s Surety Bond Department.

“McConkey’s Outreach Committee was founded in order to give back to the community where we have been located for more than 100 years,” says Erica Grimm, community outreach co-chair and account administrator. “Our employees take pride in donating their resources to a variety of nonprofits and families in the area and have made an impressive impact year after year.”

A Community of Caring

To give you a sense of what this impact looks like, consider the following:

  • As part of the United Way of York County’s 2017 campaign, McConkey employees donated a total of $27,259 over the course of one year – funds employees contributed directly from their own paychecks.
  • Employee contributions to a holiday giving campaign for LifePath Christian Ministries totaled $800.
  • For Christmas 2017, through the generosity of McConkey employee contributions, the Tim Kotula Community Outreach Committee was able to give Visa gift cards to eight families in need totaling $2,500 in donations.
  • In honor of McConkey’s 125th anniversary in 2015, the company launched its McConkey Box Project, a region-wide giving initiative with a goal of collecting 125 boxes of donations for 10 nonprofits based in York and Lancaster counties. McConkey collected more than 11,000 pounds of items that were donated to organizations such as the York County SPCA, the York County Food Bank, Our Daily Bread Soup Kitchen, Bell Socialization Services, Goodwill, and the Salvation Army. More than 50 McConkey business clients and partners took part in the McConkey Box Project by serving as host sites for donation boxes.
  • Following a book exchange in the McConkey offices, staff filled two SUV trunks with boxes of book donations for Child Care Consultants of York.
  • In connecting with the United Way Day of Giving, employees completed painting at The Arc of York County this year and light landscaping at Olivia’s House in 2017.
  • In late August 2018, McConkey’s account executives contributed their time to assisting with landscaping projects at Leg Up Farm, which also received a $1,000 monetary donation from McConkey.

For McConkey Insurance & Benefits, directing resources and time to serve the needs of the community that the company has called its home for more than 125 years is about more than simply writing checks. It’s about stepping out from behind the desks to serve meals to people in need at Our Daily Bread, pitching in to help staff at the York County SPCA maintain a clean and welcoming environment for all shelter animals and collecting gently used winter coats, scarves and hats to benefit Bell Socialization Services.

More than insurance, McConkey’s team ensures a company commitment to social responsibility by making their community a better place to live.

McConkey Insurance and Benefits
2555 Kingston Road, Suite 100
York, PA 17402

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12 Sep