At Frenkel Benefits – an EPIC Company, we believe in taking an active role in giving back to the communities where both our staff, and our clients, work and live.
Throughout the year, our staff takes part in a range of opportunities that help our local communities and contribute to making a difference in causes that impact our world.
Emphasizing a culture of wellness – and a culture of work-life balance – is at the core of Frenkel Benefits and ignites our staff in the work that is done for clients and in the greater context of the community.
Holiday Season Giving
During the holiday season, Frenkel Benefits – and Frenkel Benefits employees – share holiday cheer throughout the community.
At Thanksgiving each year, a number of Frenkel Benefits employees come together to donate their company holiday gifts of turkey and grocery certificates to our client and local nonprofit organization, Care for the Homeless. Each year, this amounts to hundreds of dollars of groceries that go to help homeless New Yorkers during the holiday season. In a note from Care for the Homeless, their director of development wrote, “Frenkel is so good to CFH! Thank you for thinking of us again!” In 2016, nearly 20 Frenkel Benefits employees donated their certificates which will help to provide food and toiletries to homeless individuals and families.
Frenkel Benefits also supports the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF) Grins² program, a fantastic program providing children in hospitals nationwide with Grins to GoTM bags filled with popular toys and activities. This season, UHCCF’s goal is to reach 250 bags and we are proud to have donated 20 bags toward helping them to achieve this goal. These Grins to GoTM bags will be distributed to hospitals in the New York City metropolitan area.
The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation
Frenkel Benefits proudly supports the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation (UHCCF)’s mission to provide grants to help children receive medical treatments that are not covered by their family’s health insurance. Craig Hasday, President of Frenkel Benefits, is a member of the UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation Regional Board of Directors. Throughout the year, Frenkel Benefits employees participate in, and attend, UHCCF events.
Wear Red Day
Every year, Frenkel Benefits has teamed up with the American Heart Association to participate in National Wear Red Day. Frenkel has been an American Heart Association Fit-Friendly Company since 2008. Each year, employees at all Frenkel offices are invited to make a donation to fight heart disease and wear red with jeans to show support to this American Heart Association annual event.
Walk to End Alzheimers
For the past two years, Frenkel Benefits has been a sponsor of the New York City Walk to End Alzheimer’s in Manhattan’s Riverside Park. Together with family members, friends and thousands of other walkers, Frenkel employees came together to walk to raise awareness and funds for the Alzheimer’s Association.
Susan G. Komen NYC Race for the Cure
In 2018, Frenkel Benefits employees raised awareness and funds for breast cancer research, treatment and health equity by participating in this longstanding event. Along with family members, friends and thousands of other supporters, survivors and thrivers, Frenkel employees ran or walked the 5K loop through Central Park on a Sunday morning in the rain, and they had a blast doing it.
Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) Week of Giving
The IICF Week of Giving is an annual event that brings the insurance industry together to volunteer time and service at local nonprofit organizations. Throughout the year, Frenkel Benefits actively supports the IICF’s mission and various events. During the Week of Giving in 2016, nearly 40 Frenkel volunteers worked in teams to partner with fellow industry colleagues at three different events in the New Jersey and New York communities. At the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Frenkel employees sorted and repacked non-perishable food items along with packing senior boxes and backpacks for distribution to thousands of people in New Jersey. In New York, at the New York Common Pantry, Frenkel employees spent their time doing similar work; teams helped with grocery package inventory and assembly for low-income families. Another opportunity brought together volunteers at Covenant House New York to sort and organize clothes for Covenant House’s at-risk youth.
During 2017’s Week of Giving, Frenkel employees from New Jersey and New York offices combined forces for the enCourage Kids Foundation in Manhattan and sorted Halloween candy into bags for hundreds of children at upcoming hospital trick or treat parties along with unboxing, sorting and repacking rooms full of donated gifts for distribution to sick children in pediatric wards at nine partner hospitals. Frenkel volunteers also spent the morning with over 100 children from the Educational Alliance Head Start program in the Lower East Side setting up breakfast, orientation, photos with Elmo and cleanup for the “Every Day is a Reading and Writing Day” IICF-Sesame Street early literacy program.
In 2018, employees from our New Jersey and New York offices helped out during the Week of Giving by serving at the Newark Mobile Produce Market, part of the Table to Table program that runs April through November in New Jersey counties and serves the hungry who do not have access to fresh, whole foods. Our employees also helped prepare for the World Cares Center’s annual Iron Skillet® Cook Off fundraising event, which included a lineup of chefs and local NYC celebrities, as they honored and supported New York City’s ready responders with their donation and a commitment to keep them protected.
Stahl Organization Charity Fundraising Baseball Hitting Tournament
For many years, Frenkel Benefits has joined the Stahl Organization and other corporate teams in a baseball hitting tournament to benefit a number of charitable organizations. The tournament takes place twice a year and raises money for a range of causes through corporate team sponsorships and a silent auction. Past organizations that the tournament has raised money for include the Children’s Tumor Foundation, the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Stanley Stahl Research Fellowship and the American Heart Association.
Cigna and Frenkel Benefits Day of Service
Frenkel Benefits and Cigna TriState employees spent a morning revitalizing East River Park in Manhattan. The park had been damaged by Hurricane Sandy and with a small park staff, much of the damage had been left unattended. Together with New York Cares, 40 employee volunteers from Frenkel Benefits and Cigna worked to weed out invasive species, plant native plants, spread wood chips, and remove litter and debris.
Annual IICF Softball Tournament
Frenkel has come together for several years with insurance brokers and carriers to play a friendly game of softball in Central Park – and, more importantly, raise money for a number of great causes. In 2018, the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) donated all proceeds from the softball tournament to the BHGH of NY, whose mission it is to house and educate academically capable and motivated youth-in-need so that they may meet their full potential in college and beyond.