SBLI believes that supporting our communities is fundamental to the families we promise to protect


  • Scott Toaz<br />Ionia, MI

    Scott Toaz
    Ionia, MI

    Oct 21, 2013

    Scott Toaz segues easily between tutoring reading and school public relations tasks, from chaperoning field trips to doing prep work for upcoming events. Once a year, he even dons a chef’s hat and cooks up a remarkable school dinner. Schools are such swirling... Read More

  • Chris Guimond<br />Newport News, VA

    Chris Guimond
    Newport News, VA

    Sep 11, 2013

    A year and a half ago, the PTA at Saunders Elementary hit some rough waters. The president had abruptly resigned with no clear successor in place. Worse still, the coffers were empty. A wave of uncertainty washed over the community about the fate of several events... Read More

  • Wendie Boswell<br>Shawnee, OK

    Wendie Boswell
    Shawnee, OK

    Aug 16, 2013

    It’s not surprising that a city with a name like Shawnee would boast a rich Native American history. Nor is it surprising that an enterprising group would form to address the needs of the culture’s youngest descendants. The Shawnee American Indian Education Parent... Read More

  • Jennifer Urias<br/>Tucson, AZ

    Jennifer Urias
    Tucson, AZ

    May 29, 2013

    Perhaps it was preordained. When Casas Christian School in Tucson, Ariz., saw its enrollment plummet in wake of the recession, Jennifer Urias felt a sudden urge to step up and do something about it. It’s not like this mother of four wasn’t already involved. She’d... Read More

  • Ileann Jimenez-Sepulveda<br/>Washington, D.C.

    Ileann Jimenez-Sepulveda
    Washington, D.C.

    May 3, 2013

    Busy working mom Ileann Jimenez-Sepulveda tried to start with small involvement commitments at school, like chaperoning field trips. But by the end of her child’s first year in school, she was an impassioned leader of the volunteer corps and someone the teachers... Read More

  • Christine Platt<br/>Naperville, IL

    Christine Platt
    Naperville, IL

    Apr 11, 2013

    It’s no secret the United States lags behind other parts of the world in math and science education. As experts debate how to address the problem, Illinois mom Christine Platt is busy showing students that learning about these and other technical fields can be... Read More

  • Tom Lambert<br />Dunwoody, GA

    Tom Lambert
    Dunwoody, GA

    Mar 29, 2013

    Tom Lambert is not just a busy school volunteer; he’s also a persuasive one. He counts among his accomplishments motivating students to walk to school and even convincing a few parents to don superhero costumes and fire up the school community. There are volunteers... Read More

  • Nancy Webb<br />Lavalette, WV

    Nancy Webb
    Lavalette, WV

    Mar 15, 2013

    The school library at Lavalette Elementary has had its share of ups and downs. There’s never been a librarian on staff, and for a while the facility was shuttered altogether. A little over two years ago, a volunteer stepped up to put the library back together,... Read More

  • Carol Caldwell<br/>Polvadera, NM

    Carol Caldwell
    Polvadera, NM

    Feb 22, 2013

    When Carol Caldwell returned to Midway Elementary after a number of years away, she experienced something of a shock. The PTO she’d worked so hard to establish when her daughter enrolled in 4th grade at the Polvadera, NM, school had ceased to exist. This time it... Read More

  • Toni Huff<br>Milton, KY

    Toni Huff
    Milton, KY

    Feb 7, 2013

    In the midst of a busy life, it’s often a challenge to squeeze in volunteering. Toni Huff in tiny Milton, Ky. (population 525), looks to have it all figured out. The newly minted PTO president at Milton Elementary is raising two children, holds down a part-time... Read More

  • Anthony Noel<br>Monmouth Junction, NJ

    Anthony Noel
    Monmouth Junction, NJ

    Nov 15, 2012

    In the game of basketball, size and strength usually dictate who gets to play center position. An individual at Noor-Ul-Iman School in Monmouth Junction, N.J., possesses these attributes and more, yet you'll only see him on the sidelines during school matchups.... Read More

  • Nydia Villafane<br>Waterbury, CT

    Nydia Villafane
    Waterbury, CT

    Oct 2, 2012

    When first testing the waters of the volunteering pool, some prefer to dip a toe and wade in gradually. That’s not Nydia Villafane’s style. When her daughter Mia started kindergarten at Children’s Community School last year, this full-time working mom of three... Read More