LINCOLN, RI – Two Amica Insurance Co. employees recently were honored as “2009 Friends of the Corrections Department” by the Rhode Island Department of Corrections for providing “significant and valued contributions” to the agency’s mission.
William C. Sloyer, manager of the special investigative unit, and Andrés M. Sarmiento, a graphic designer in corporate communications, were recognized during an awards ceremony on Feb. 24 for their work on redesigning a brochure for the department’s Special Community Outreach Education (SCORE) program.
“The SCORE program serves as a way to encourage young kids to stay on the right track,” Sarmiento said. “I redesigned their simple one-page, two-sided piece, and the new brochure was a big hit. They’ve had a high demand for the new version, and it has contributed to the program’s success.”
Amica has been providing assistance to the Department of Corrections for the past two years, since Sloyer got the company involved in the agency’s Zero Fatality program. That program involves having inmates who are serving time in prison for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs speak about their experiences to high school students. Sloyer, a retired East Providence police captain, knew the program was effective so he solicited Amica’s help in funding bus transportation for the students.
“I appreciate how difficult it is for ‘public’ sector departments to find funding for proactive, positive programs such as this. Since I felt this program was developed to encourage kids to make good decisions, I got involved,” Sloyer explained.
So when the Department of Corrections last year sought help for redesigning and printing the brochure for the SCORE program, Sloyer arranged for Sarmiento to do the design work and for Amica to donate its printing.
“Andrés did a great job designing the brochures, and I know his efforts are very much appreciated by the Department of Corrections,” Sloyer said.
Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907 in Providence, RI. The company is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and personal umbrella liability insurance. Amica's national headquarters are based in Lincoln, RI, and the company employs 3,200 people in 40 offices across the country.
The mission of the Rhode Island Department of Corrections (RIDOC) is to contribute to public safety by maintaining a balanced correctional system of institutional and community programs that provide a range of control and rehabilitative options for criminal offenders.