Community Involvement

Grief Sensitive School Initiative

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Maggie Kase and Courtney Ruiz have become trained ambassadors for the Grief-Sensitive Schools Initiative (GSSI). GSSI is part of New York Life’s nationwide effort to better equip educators and other school personnel to care for grieving students. Through the program, Maggie and Courtney have connected with nearly a dozen local schools to raise educators’ awareness of the prevalence and impact of grief among school-age children – and to direct them to critical resources designed for education practitioners by the Coalition to Support Grieving Students. New York Life recognizes schools that commit to improving their support of grieving students by granting them the “Grief-Sensitive School" designation, which is accompanied by a financial award to help them build a more robust culture of grief support and resiliency at their school.

Volunteers for Good

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Since 2010, Courtney Ruiz has been a Volunteers for Good Coordinator. She coordinates volunteer events for us to give back in our communities. Through the New York Life Foundation over $275,000 has been donated in our clients’ communities as a direct result of time spent volunteering.

Nonprofit Organizations

Members of our team have partnered with many nonprofits including the Grief Sensitive School Initiative, VEAP, Animal Humane Society, Bundles of Love, Avenues for Homeless Youth, Arc, Cornerstone shelter, Feed My Starving Children, American Red Cross, Liz Logelin Foundation, Pajama Program, Camp Erin, OutFront MN, Habitat for Humanity, Hearts of Hope, SAVE, MN Teen Challenge, March of Dimes, Minnesota AIDS Project, Minnesota Veterans Home, Camp Fire USA, Izaak Walton League of America, World Vision, and the Good Samaritan Society.

Camp Erin

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Team World Vision

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Love Takes Action

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The United Way St. Croix Valley and Stone Soup Thrift Shop were honored to receive these grants to continue their work in the community.

Why We Volunteer

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Veritas supports the Coalition to Support Grieving Students. We are ambassadors for the Grief-Sensitive School Initiative training in K-12 public or private institutions and provide grief resources to better equip educators to care for their grieving students. 1 in 15* children will lose a parent or sibling before age 18; however, only 7% of educators have the proper training to support them. 92% of educators said childhood grief was a problem in their classroom.

Enroll your school for the Grief-Sensitive School Initiative training today!