Waters Insurance coverage Company donates $5K to Wooden County Public Library | Information, Sports activities, Jobs

From left, Amy Caruthers of Waters Insurance Agency, Waters Insurance President Ray Fanta, Director Brian Raitz of the Parkersburg & Wood County Public Library and Waters Insurance Agent Rebecca Knotts pose with the ceremonial $5,000 check to the library. The money will be used for the Williamstown branch of the library, Raitz said. (Photo Provided)

PARKERSBURG — Waters Insurance Agency, an independent insurance agency partnered with Westfield Insurance, has contributed $5,000 to the Parkersburg & Wood County Public Library to buy new furniture for the Williamstown Library.

Library Director Brian Raitz said the grant will enhance the plans for the new library in Williamstown.

“The timing of this grant was perfect,” Raitz said. “We just finished a campaign with Give Local MOV to raise funds for new furniture for the current Williamstown Library and to be used in the new Williamstown Library we plan to build by the end of 2025. The awarding of the funds will enhance that project. ”

The funds were made possible by Waters Insurance Agency’s achievement as a top-performing Westfield agency.

According to Westfield Insurance, a Propel designation is awarded to top agencies who have demonstrated a proven commitment to customers and superior performance industry wide. This year marks the fifth consecutive year Waters Insurance Agency has received the honor.

“At Waters Insurance Agency we are committed to going above and beyond to assist our clients and our community,” agent Amy Caruthers of Waters Insurance said. “Once again, we are pleased to be recognized for our strong industry performance and to be afforded the opportunity to nominate the Parkersburg & Wood County Public Library,”

This year, the grant program funded by Westfield Insurance Foundation focused on helping families overcome barriers in education, finance, housing, and jobs and recover from disasters, such as the fallout from the events of the last two years, which made the Parkersburg & Wood County Public Library a fitting recipient.

“Our agency is dedicated to enriching our community,” Waters Insurance agent John Fanta said. “Not only is literacy at the core of educational success, but the library provides free educational programs, community events, and a safe place for children and teens to spend their free time.”

Westfield Insurance Foundation this year will donate $625,000 dollars to neighborhoods across the country.

Waters Insurance is among only 100 agencies nationwide that earned the ability to nominate a nonprofit, including the Parkersburg & Wood County Public Library for the Westfield Legacy of Caring grant program. The program has distributed more than $3.5 million since 2015.

Locally, Waters Insurance has partnered with the Westfield Foundation to award $41,000 since 2018. Previous recipients include the West Virginia University of Parkersburg Foundation, the American Red Cross of Parkersburg, Westbrook Health Services and the Boys & Girls Club of Parkersburg.

Waters Insurance Agency, established in 1964, is the founding entity of Fanta Insurance Inc., which comprises Waters Insurance Agency, Landfried-Fanta Insurance Agency and Fleming Insurance Agency. Fanta Insurance has locations in Parkersburg, Ripley and St Marys with a network of 10 licensed agents serving customers in West Virginia and states.

The Parkersburg & Wood County Public Library has been serving Wood County since 1905 and has branches on Emerson Avenue, Blizzard Drive and Williamstown, and a Bookmobile.

The Westfield Insurance Foundation was established in 2005 as an independent private foundation endowed by Westfield Insurance and donates more than $3 million annually to a variety of charities.

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