Another year is winding down and we’re looking back on 2021 and all the crazy things we’ve gotten into this year.

For example, there was the spring Wishing Star Foundation fundraiser we all seem to simultaneously love, and hate… Send a Friend a Goat! We saw a veritable herd of baby goats hop, skip, and jump their way through our Kennewick office. You could say some fully embraced the disruption… Meanwhile, the rest of the office happily conspired to send the kids off to their friends in other offices. Baby goats are undeniably cute, but they might be just a little smelly. Maybe next year we’ll buy Goat Insurance!

Then the first quarter ended and there was the first round of check presentations for the new year.

Through our referral program, we raised enough money to deliver checks to local Community Care Funds in Kennewick, Pasco, and Richland and to sponsor the Breakfast with the Chief event in Salem. It’s always fun to break out the comically large check and give money away.

Speaking of pictures, summer brought warm, beautiful days… and lots of… Dog pictures?! Yes. Lots and lots of dog pictures.

We celebrated the Dog Days of Summer by asking our clients to share pics of their pets. Anyone who indulged us by sending one (or MANY) got entered in a drawing for Dairy Queen gift cards. Over the month of August we made a lot of dogs “Facebook Famous” and gave away a hundred dollars or more in ice cream. Why? Because who doesn’t love ice cream? Plus, dogs always get the likes!

Then, there was the day the folks from Camp Patriot dropped in one of our Friday lunches for a comically large check presentation and some BBQ. And the TROT epic Mane Event fundraiser some of us attended. And sponsorships of the Union Gospel Mission of Salem’s Walk for Hope and West Richland’s celebration of National Night Out. And more gift card giveaways for things like a good Snicker Bar Salad recipe, Fall Bucket List ideas, and other such nonsense.

Third quarter referral dollars went to the Willamette Valley Cancer Foundation and another sponsorship, this one for the Kicking Cancer 4 Kids Festival in Keizer, Oregon. Meanwhile in Washington, we collected and delivered school supplies for SHAKE again this year and cut them a check so they could pick up some of the things that didn’t come in through donations.

Fall brought the annual Milne Open House, where we gave away tool gift cards… Because TOOLS. We also sponsored a table at the Pacific Northwest Christian College Gala and team prizes in the Veterans Community Golf Classic.

Now we’re into the last few months of the year and as always are dedicating them to supporting our local missions during the time of the year when their need is greatest.

These are really just some of the ways we love our communities through insurance. When we’re not celebrating quirky national days by giving stuff away, or highlighting local businesses and sponsoring events, or delivering gift baskets to show our appreciation, or golfing for a cause…. We actually sell insurance!

Soooo… if you love all we do for our clients and the communities where we live and work, tell a friend!

Every time we get a client referral, we donate $20 to a quarterly charity partner. This year we’ll give away nearly $10,000 through our referral program alone!