Community & Giving Back

Every year, Daniel Insurance, LLC makes contributions to many local non-profit organizations. Starting last year, we have decided to incorporate the opinions of our clients and community when we make our donations. This year, we made a donation to Life’s Kitchen. Read below for more information on the organizations we support.

2021:

For the second year in a row, we asked our clients to give us feedback on which organization we should donate to as a business. We were impressed by how many of you took an interest, and we wanted to let you know that the community organization you chose was Life’s Kitchen

After making our donation, we had the great experience of visiting Life’s Kitchen as well as eating in the attached Rory’s Cafe.

Life’s Kitchen was founded by Rory Farrow in 2003 with the goal of providing Opportunity Youth with work and life skills. Today, the organization continues to provide its trainees with the skills necessary to become successful in life.

This training includes kitchen skills, of course, but Life’s Kitchen also does much more. The 16-week program includes training in advanced culinary skills, leadership skills, and overall life skills like understanding money, taxes, how to get a job, and more. Assistance is also provided to help trainees complete their GEDs for those that haven’t already. At the end of the program, trainees are helped to transition back into the community through job and internship placements. They are also offered continued support after they complete the program.

Life’s Kitchen’s three businesses help provide funding for the program, with one of these businesses being Rory’s Cafe. Trainees have the opportunity to work at the Cafe, work on catering orders, and even help provide charitable meals for the community.

We enjoyed our meal at Rory’s Cafe, and we encourage those reading to visit the cafe, place a catering order, or utilize the banquet room services in the future. You are also encouraged to donate to the program yourself if possible. More information about Life’s Kitchen as well as a place to donate can be found at lifeskitchen.org. 

Thank you again to Tammy and Richard at Life’s Kitchen for organizing a picture and telling us more about the program!

Notes from Elise after the 2020 donation surveys:

Following the conclusion of the survey I sent to my clients requesting feedback on organizations that we should support this year, I was excited to be able to deliver the checks this week. Giving back to the community both monetarily and through volunteering has always been something important to me, and doing so is becoming even more important as many already struggling communities and individuals continue to be put under pressure during the current pandemic. As an independent insurance broker, part of my job is in creating relationships with all of my clients, so it was meaningful to be able to include their opinions in this decision.

Two organizations tied for the most votes: Interfaith Sanctuary and the Ronald McDonald House.

The Ronald McDonald House in Boise is an organization that provides housing for families of sick children in the times they need it most. Families are able to stay near their children as they receive treatment in Boise. Familial support is something very necessary as children overcome illness, so this organization is certainly deserving of support. Click here to visit the Ronald McDonald House to learn more or find ways to support them.

Interfaith Sanctuary is another local organization that serves the homeless population in Boise and helps people transition out of homelessness. They offer emergency shelter and meals and help connect individuals with other community services to help them. They have been particularly stressed due to the coronavirus crisis. I had the great opportunity to meet with Jodi Stigers, the executive director of the program, who is also pictured above with me. Click here to visit the Interfaith Sanctuary website and find ways to support them. 

I was honored to be able to give back to the community in a meaningful way, and I hope to make this an annual tradition. I will continue to keep my clients’ best interests at heart and survey again next year for more organizations to give back to. I encourage all of you to support the Ronald McDonald House and Interfaith Sanctuary as well and continue to look for other organizations to support–especially during the current crisis. 

Who else we support and why?

Being a small business in Boise, Idaho has distinct benefits.  Our business is a people business and building relationships is what Daniel Insurance, LLC is all about.  We like to support local charities in addition to visiting Senior Centers with Buster Brown from Outa Town.

We are honored to support the following local charities:

Interfaith Sanctuary

Create common Good.org

Boise Police Officers – Boise Police Association – Shop with a Cop

Idaho Youth Ranch

Ronald McDonald House Boise (Regence matches donations)

Boise State Public Radio

Faces of Hope

The Arc

Mission 43

Supporting the local community is important to us and to many of our clients as well.

Miniature therapy horse a favorite at Boise senior living community

Buster Brown is not your average horse. Besides being just three feet tall, he also provides a valuable service as a therapy horse. He has become a favorite visitor at The Terraces of Boise senior living community.

Maggie O’Mara
May 28, 2017

BOISE – A miniature horse has won the hearts of residents at a Boise senior living community, thanks to his special healing power.

When “Buster Brown” visits The Terraces of Boise, smiles abound. At just 36 inches tall with a wild mop of hair on his head, Buster is not your typical horse.

“He can be a little bit of a wild man at home sometimes and when he comes here he just chills and is just so happy to visit with the seniors,” said Elise Daniel, Buster’s owner.

The residents of the community can’t get enough of Buster.

“When Buster comes, he just brightens everybody’s day,” said Debbi Evans, The Terraces’ lifestyle director.

Resident Elaine Baker was excited to meet the special visitor.

“This is the first horse I’ve seen wandering the halls,” she said. “There are some dogs that are almost as big as Buster Brown.”

Elise has owned Buster for 17 years.

“I work with seniors and this is my way of giving back to the senior community, is bringing Buster to visit,” she said. “It’s one of the most wonderful things I do with my time.”

Buster seems to like it too.

“Therapy is really his only job and he really really loves it,” Elise said.

While Buster gets lots of love during his visits to The Terraces, the benefit is mutual.

“Being able to pet an animal is actually proven to lower blood pressure and relax people and make people calmer,” Elise said.
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