Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. changed the world with his empowering movement and desire to better communities. In honor of his life and his achievements, Allstate Insurance Company is proud to host the fourth annual Give Back Day, which will be held on Martin Luther King Day, January 16, 2012. Celebrated in cities around the nation, Give Back Day is a great opportunity for anyone to roll up their sleeves and get involved in their own community by volunteering.

During this year’s event, Allstate is proud to honor four volunteers who have made a significant difference in their city. These Give Back Day Heroes embody the spirit of Dr. King and inspire everyone to create a better tomorrow. The honorees include:

  • Joyce Calvin, Chicago – As a domestic violence survivor, Joyce founded Women of Valor Ministry to encourage and empower women of all ages to reach their full potential. She has served more than 10,000 women through the program.

  • Robert Cradle, Baltimore – Robert, who runs a successful barbershop, started Rob’s Barbershop Community Foundation to provide grooming services to those in need. Over the past ten years, more than 16,000 grooming services for needy individuals have been provided.

  • John Darjean, Dallas – John knows keeping kids active is the best way to keep them off the streets. Baseball has long been a passion for him and led to his founding of the Dallas Baseball Alliance, which uses the game to teach discipline and life skills.

  • Alexandria Phillips, Atlanta – Alexandria, a 21-year-old student at Spelman College, has served as the Haiti Team intern at the Clinton Foundation and works with her school’s chapter of ACTS (Actively Changing Tomorrow through Service). She hopes to work in the nonprofit field after graduation.
Along with the four Give Back Day Heroes, former NFL quarterback Rodney Peete is encouraging people to get involved in local volunteer activities. Peete co-founded the HollyRod Foundation, which assists those living with autism and Parkinson’s disease, with his wife Holly. “It is an honor for me to be associated with this committed and selfless group of heroes. I have always believed in getting involved in causes that you are passionate about, and it’s great to see these individuals mirroring the spirit of Dr. King by giving back,” says Peete.

Allstate invites people around the nation to take part in Give Back Day by volunteering with a local cause. For a list of opportunities in your area, visit allstate.com/givebackday.