Joining forces with other groups who share our goals is one way State Farm® provides its customers with protection and peace of mind.
We're working with organizations all across the country — organizations like the Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS), Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), and Protecting America — to help protect you and your family from the human injuries, property destruction, and financial impact that can result from natural disasters. We're committed to ensuring the homes built and repaired today are better able to withstand the forces of nature. And when homes withstand destruction from such forces, less waste and debris goes into landfills.
Here's one example of a fruitful partnership: In 2008, IBHS sent a team of researchers to the gulf coast of Texas to survey the damage caused by Hurricane Ike. They were there to find out whether homes built to the IBHS's Fortified…for safer living® standard had fared better than other homes hit by Ike. What they found was that Fortified homes had fared remarkably well. In one small Texas town, only 14 of 200 homes remained standing after the storm. Ten of them were Fortified.
State Farm, a member of IBHS, continues to work with the trade group to build safer homes.
State Farm also partners with The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), helping resident-led, community-based development organizations transform distressed communities and neighborhoods into healthy ones — good places to live, do business, work, and raise families. We're proud to provide grants and loans to sustain the LISC's innovative economic development programs.
Through LISC, we made a $1 million investment in the development of La Maestra, a health facility under construction in San Diego's City Heights neighborhood. When completed, La Maestra will be LEED certified, built from the ground up as environmentally friendly for both residents and the community. Along with health services, the 34,660 square foot, $19 million facility will also provide job training and placement, housing assistance, food pantry access, interpretation and translation, acculturation training, and classes in financial education to help City Heights' burgeoning immigrant population become more self-sufficient.
With our ambitious goals for safety and sustainability, we know we can't always go it alone. That's why we often reach out — working with people who share our goals and vision is what State Farm is all about.
State Farm® is committed to a future where environmental values are key to the way we do business. We will continue to find solutions to reduce our company impacts and help build safer and greener communities.
At State Farm, A good neighbor is a green neighbor.™