Mel Foster Insurance Helps Jordan’s Joy to Make a Difference

Westfield Legacy of Caring Program Lends a Hand to Quad Cities Community

Jordan’s Joy was nominated by Mel Foster Insurance to receive a grant to help support families battling life-threatening illness or facing life-altering events as part of the Westfield Legacy of Caring program. At Westfield, it’s more than writing insurance policies, it’s about going above and beyond to help people and families grow and prosper. Lending a hand to friends and neighbors during times of need is at the core of the Westfield Insurance Foundation. Each year, Westfield independent insurance agents, like Mel Foster Insurance, are invited to nominate a local nonprofit for the Legacy of Caring program. The program invests in communities and helps impact disaster recovery, family stability or safety.

“With the pandemic, Westfield’s Legacy of Caring program became even more relevant because it will take months, and maybe years, to return to the stability and security people and businesses, including nonprofits, enjoyed before a disaster happened,” said Marc Engels, Mel Foster Insurance, President.

“We are so grateful for the generous support of Jordan’s Joy, said Michelle McCaw, marketing manager for Jordan’s Joy. “The Legacy of Caring grant will have a direct impact on filling funding gaps for comfort items, meals, gas cards, or medical bill that are not traditionally covered by other charitable sources and will help us provide the support and hope needed to be successful.

This year, the Westfield Insurance Foundation donated more than a half million dollars to neighborhoods in across the country. Mel Foster Insurance is one of 50 agencies that nominated a nonprofit, including Jordan’s Joy, for the Westfield Legacy of Caring grant program. Awarding grants through the program is an extension of the fundamental role that insurance plays every day in stabilizing families, businesses and communities in times of uncertainty. Westfield is proud to work with their independent agents in distributing over $3 million since 2015.

“Together with our agency partners, Westfield continues to build on the strong commitment to caring that the founders of our company imagined,” said Ed Largent, Westfield President, CEO, board chair and Westfield Insurance Foundation chairman.  “At Westfield, we want to give our communities everything we can: Protection, safety and support and our commitment doesn’t stop there.”

About Mel Foster Insurance

Locally owned and operated, Mel Foster Insurance is a full-service, independent agency with specialized professionals in the areas of business risk management, employee benefits, individual/group retirement planning and personal insurance.  Founded in 1932 and it represents over 25 of the region’s most financially stable insurance carriers and offers coverage for residential and commercial clients. Visit their website at for more information.

About Jordan’s Joy

Jordan’s Joy was established in memory of Jordan Schmidt.  Jordan was a true hero that passed away at the age of 15 from a rare and aggressive form of cancer.  Though he faced tough battles, his spirit and positive attitude never wavered, and he was an inspiration to all that knew him. The purpose of Jordan’s Joy is to fill the void that a Quad City family may have while battling life-threatening illnesses that cannot be met by other charitable organizations. 100% of the funds raised by Jordan’s Joy stay in the Quad Cities and go to local families, as all operating expenses are donated by a local business.

About Westfield Insurance Foundation

Westfield Insurance Foundation was established in 2005 as an independent private foundation endowed by Westfield Insurance. In keeping with the values of Westfield Insurance, the Foundation exists as a dedicated community and industry partner; concentrating resources to have an impact on safety, disaster recovery and family stability. The Foundation donates over $3 million annually to a variety of charities.

About Westfield

Westfield was founded in 1848 by a small group of hard-working farmers who believed in the promise of the future and the power of the individual. Today, as one of the nation’s leading property and casualty (P&C) companies, we remain true to their vision and are dedicated to your protection and prosperity and to the progress of our community. Visit for more information.

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