About Us

Making a Difference in Charlotte One Cause at a Time

Our Mission

Community Matters provides a unique opportunity for insurance and risk management professionals to give back to the greater Charlotte area. By joining together, we are making a meaningful difference to selected nonprofits and charities in our community by donating time and raising funds to advance one selected cause every year or two.

Our industry employs people who have pursued insurance careers in order to enhance the lives of others. Community Matters will focus on real community needs through fundraising events, work days, educational opportunities and much more.

We currently comprise more than 80 member companies and we continue to grow. We have raised more than $1,400,000 and donated over 55,000 volunteer hours to charity since our formation in 2011. Because we are an all-volunteer organization, all money raised (except for a few administrative costs) goes to charity.

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Allied World

Assurance Co

Amerisure Companies

AmWINS Group

Aon Risk Solutions

Appalachian State University – Risk & Insurance Society

Arch Insurance Group

Arrowpoint Capital

Arthur J. Gallagher & Co.

BB&T Insurance Services


Berkley Southeast Insurance Group

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Burns & Wilcox

Burns White, LLC

City of Charlotte

Charlotte Association of Insurance Professionals


Coca-Cola Bottling Co. Consolidated

Consolidated Claims Group

CorVel Corporation

CPCU Charlotte

CRC: Disaster Response Experts

CRC Insurance Services

Cranfill Sumner & Hartzog, LLP

Cunningham Lindsey

Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP

Engle, Martin & Associates

ECM Solutions


Fireman’s Fund

FM Global

The Fresh Market

Gallagher Bassett Services

Gould & Lamb, LLC

Great American Insurance

Harleysville Group

The Hartford

The Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Co.

Hayes Companies of Charlotte

Healthcare Solutions


Hedrick Gardner

Hendrick Automotive Group

HUB International Charlotte

Hull & Company

ICA Claims

IIA of Charlotte-Mecklenburg

Interstate Restoration

Ironshore Insurance Services

Ironwood Insurance Services

Key Risk

Liberty Mutual

Litigation Solutions

Lockton Companies



McGladrey and Pullen, LLP

McGriff, Seibels & Williams

McNeary, Inc.



Navigators Management Co.

Nova Case Management

Palmer & Cay

Peachtree Special Risks

Philadelphia Insurance Companies

PMA Companies

PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP

Relation Insurance Services

The Remi Group

Robinson Bradshaw


Scott Insurance

Senn Dunn Insurance

Sentinel Risk Advisers

Sentry Insurance

Snyder’s-Lance, Inc.

Sompo International

Swimmer Insurance

Synergy Coverage Solutions


United Healthcare

University of NC at Charlotte – Gamma Iota Sigma

USI Insurance Services

Willis Towers Watson

Zenith Insurance Company

Zurich Insurance Company

Josh Ammons, AmWINS Group – Co-Chair
Mike Murray, Palmer & Cay – Co-Chair
Kristen Nicholls, AIG – Co-Chair
Michelle Bissinger, Zenith Insurance Company
Katie Bleau, AmWINS Group
Kedar Bryan, Arrowpoint Capital
Paula Bulman, USI Insurance Services
Courtney Buysse, AmWINS Group
Meg Carter, The Hartford
Greg Draddy, AIG
Matt Frazier, Swimmer Insurance
Gwyn Fuller, Arrowpoint Capital
Sean Gartley, MMA
Melanie Hudson, Travelers
Rick Juraschek, Lincoln Financial
Tom Lott, AmWINS Group
Kathy Lynch, Aon
Angela Matherly, Risk Management Consultant
Meg McSherry, Marsh
Linda Pettigrew, Arrowpoint Capital
Jay Spence, Lincoln Financial
John Tighe, Arrowpoint Capital
Lee Wright, Great American
Paul Zederbaum, Lockton Companies

Our 2019 Nonprofit Partner

Charlotte Rescue Mission

Charlotte Rescue Mission is transforming lives by serving people struggling with addiction, poverty, or hopelessness with the goal of returning them to society as productive, self-sufficient citizens

The organization’s vision is to be recognized as a leader in providing residential recovery programs that help people struggling with the disease of addiction achieve long-term sobriety, find employment and stable housing, and restore and build healthy relationships.

Founded in 1938, Charlotte Rescue Mission has a long history of reaching out to the homeless and individuals battling addiction. Over the years, the Mission has been located in several different uptown Charlotte buildings and has had several different names, but its commitment to serving the homeless has never changed.

Many people who came to the Mission for help during these early years were struggling with addiction. In 1990, the Mission launched a 90-day residential program empowering individuals to move beyond cycles of homelessness and addiction to become productive citizens in the community.

This program is known as Rebound and has helped thousands of men over the years. In 2016, the program grew to become a 120-day program.

Rebound served men struggling with addiction and homelessness, but, despite a staggering community need, there was no similar program for women. In 1992, Charlotte Rescue Mission launched the Dove’s Nest program. Similar to Rebound, Dove’s Nest provides comprehensive addiction recovery services for women.

In 1995, Rebound men’s Halfway House opened its doors. The Halfway House provides further opportunities for Rebound graduates to maintain long-term sobriety as they transition out of dependency on community programs and transition into self-sufficiency.

In 2008, Dove’s Nest Capital Campaign was launched to expand Dove’s Nest women’s addiction recovery program from a 12-bed facility to a 120-bed facility. For the first time in its history, the Mission is now able to serve children as well as their mothers, with beds for 90 women and 30 of their children. Doors of this new facility opened in July 2012.

In 2019, Charlotte Rescue Mission is opening the Community Matters Cafe, a full-service restaurant and coffee shop on the Mission’s uptown campus, thanks to a $1 million pledge from Community Matters: Insurance Partners of Charlotte. The cafe’s focus is to teach life skills to graduates of the Mission’s residential substance abuse recovery programs while providing the community with an exciting new spot to grab a cup of coffee, stop in for breakfast or lunch, and gather for business and community meetings.

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