Community Involvement

Presenting Sponsor of Allegro Golf Invitational!

The Allegro Foundation, a charity devoted to children with disabilities, recently held its 9th Annual Golf Invitational at The Golf Club at Ballantyne. We were so happy to be able to sponsor this year's event. Proceeds go to Allegro's free movement education programs, which serve more than 700 children with disabilities in Charlotte and Fort Mill.

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Proud to Support Shining Hope Farms

In May, local athletes competed in a "Fun Horse Show" hosted by Shining Hope Farms at their Charlotte-area farm. This year they hosted an integrated show for riders with disabilities as well as those who are able bodied, which was a unique opportunity all around. Everyone got to show off their hard work and skills to family and friends, socialize, and have fun! Shining Hope Farms is a 501(c)(3) organization whose mission is to enable children and adults with disabilities to achieve functional goals through the use of equine assisted activities and Hippotherapy. Hippotherapy is a physical, occupational, and speech-language therapy treatment strategy that utilizes equine movement as part of an integrated intervention to achieve functional outcomes. Congratulations to all the atheletes that participated!

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Incredible Community Service Project!

On March 9th, the Worrell Network Office Charlotte did an another amazing shoe distribution event in the Charlotte community. Working with Samaritan's Feet we were able to give new socks and shoes to 440 children at a local elementary school. We had over 70 volunteers from Northwestern Mutual and we had an INCREDIBLE DAY giving back to the community!

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Volunteering to help children

Military Veteran Partnership

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It was a pleasure being with the Veterans Bridge Home and Carolina Panthers Head Coach Ron Rivera for the second year in a row at a lunch and learn event to support making veterans and communities stronger together! We are proud to partner with the Veterans Bridge Home as they work to help Charlotte-area Veterans successfully transition home after military service by identifying their education, employment, and healthcare needs and connecting them to available community, state and federal resources.

Free Shoes Mark Day of Service

In January of 2015, Samaritan’s Feet and Northwestern Mutual teamed up for a free shoe distribution at Hidden Valley Elementary School in Charlotte. More than 1,000 students received a new pair of shoes and socks from volunteers. The event was part of a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.

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Helping Out the Community

Northwestern Mutual This past December, Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Advisor Stephen Ratcliffe raised enough money from his SouthPark Charlotte office to adopt 50 children for the Salvation Army Angel Trees. With the help of over colleagues and associates, the group spent an entire day at a local Wal-Mart and purchased toys, bikes, and clothing for 50 children in the Charlotte area.

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James R. Worrell receives Distinguished Service Award from Central Piedmont Community College

May 16, 2013 - Central Piedmont Community College President Dr. Tony Zeiss awarded former Managing Partner James R. Worrell, Sr. the Distinguished Service Award in recognition of his extensive support of the College. The Distinguished Service Award is the most esteemed external award at CPCC and is conferred upon those who have demonstrated distinguished service and outstanding commitment to the College. Mr. Worrell joined the CPCC Foundation Board of Directors in 1992 and has been an active member of the CPCC family ever since. He has been a tireless volunteer for the Foundation and serves on the Foundation’s Planned Giving Committee.

Giving not only his time but also his money, Mr. Worrell has supported over 100 scholarships for first-generation and English-as-a-Second Language students and many more need-based scholarships. In 1995, Mr. Worrell was instrumental in creating the CPCC Charlotte Skyline Run to raise scholarship dollars for CPCC students. He has been a major sponsor for the event since its inception and was lead sponsor in 2012 and 2013. Recently, Mr. Worrell and his family made a planned gift to CPCC as part of the College’s 50-year legacy campaign, resulting in the naming of the Worrell Building on Elizabeth Avenue (pictured right).

Giving Back

Healthy communities form a vital backdrop for our lives and build a solid foundation for the future. Our charitable mission supports nonprofit organizations focused on children with disabilities and military veterans.

Easter Seals Disability Services

Northwestern Mutual Helps Build Sensory Room for Easter Seals UCP

In March 2013, the Easter Seals UPC Children's Center held its Grand Opening for a multi-sensory environment room. Richard Worrell, managing partner, served as the chairman of the fundraising committee to build the room, which will be open to the public and work with children with all types of disabilities in the community. With the help of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation, Richard led a campaign that raised nearly $400,000 in donations for the first multi-sensory room of its type on the east coast.

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Northwestern Mutual supports 2013 Easter Seals UCP Walk With Me Charlotte 5K

SEPTEMBER 28, 2013 - Financial representatives, staff, and families of Northwestern Mutual's network office in Charlotte joined other families from the local community in a non-competitive 5K walk at Freedom Park in support of Easter Seals UCP.

Easter Seals UCP North Carolina and Virginia is a lifelong partner to families managing disabilities and mental health challenges. We serve more than 20,000 individuals and their families annually and last year delivered more than 3.3 million hours of quality supports and services to individuals and families throughout North Carolina and in most areas of Virginia. We offer supports to individuals and families managing a broad range of disabilities, including cerebral palsy, autism, spina bifida, intellectual disabilities, muscular dystrophy, stroke, spinal cord injuries, head injuries, hearing and visual impairments and mental health diagnoses.

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Richard Worrell wins Northwestern Mutual's 2011 Community Service Award

Richard Worrell, CLU, CFP, CLTC is Northwestern Mutual's "Most Exceptional Volunteer" for his dedication to Easter Seals UCP North Carolina & Virginia, Inc. The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is awarding a $25,000 grant to the nonprofit in his honor. A Charlotte resident, Worrell is a Northwestern Mutual managing partner.

The Northwestern Mutual Foundation is donating $285,000 to 26 nonprofit organizations nationwide through its 17th annual Community Service Award program. The annual competition, open to more than 11,500 Northwestern Mutual financial representatives and interns, recognizes exemplary volunteer involvement and dedication to charitable organizations and philanthropic projects.

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Northwestern Mutual in Charlotte Honored with Community Impact Award

Richard Worrell, managing partner of the Northwestern Mutual office in Charlotte and his team are the recipients of the 2010 Community Impact Award for their work with Easter Seals United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) of North Carolina and Virginia. In recognition of the Charlotte Office's ongoing support, the Northwestern Mutual Foundation is making a $50,000 grant to Easter Seals UCP to create additional opportunities for children and adults with disabilities throughout North Carolina and Virgina.

Northwestern Mutual in Charlotte’s active support for Easter Seals UCP began five years ago following the diagnosis of Richard’s son with agenesis of the corpus callosum, a rare birth defect. While seeking options for his son, Richard discovered a local Easter Seals UCP school in Charlotte as a place his son could continue to grow, and he became involved with the organization.

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Worrell Financial Group helped paint classrooms for Easter Seals.

Community Service Award (CSA) Winners
Northwestern Mutual's Community Service Award recognizes representatives whose outstanding dedication to local organizations has significantly bettered their communities. Since its inception in 1995, the Community Service Award has contributed nearly $1.8 million to some 220 nonprofit organizations through July 2006.

Vision, generosity, and commitment to community are characteristics of people who become volunteers. Each award recipient is honored with a $10,000 check presented to his or her charitable organization on behalf of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. Northwestern Mutual in Charlotte is proud to acknowledge our representatives and team members who have earned this distinguished award.

Northwestern Mutual in Charlotte is pleased that a number of our representatives have received this honor.

  • Stephen Grant: 2013 - Chris and Kelly's HOPE Foundation
  • Jodi Panagakos: 2013 - Make A Wish Foundation
  • Stephen Grant: 2012 - Gateway House, Inc.
  • Graham Hill: 2012 - Fireside Ministries & Industries, Inc.
  • Richard Worrell: 2011 - Easter Seals UCP of North Carolina
  • Bruce Pope: 2007 - Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic
  • Matthew Miller: 2005 - American Cancer Society
  • Donald Reed: 2004 - United Way of Asheville & Buncombe County
  • Donald Reed: 2002 - Mission St. Joseph's Healthcare Foundation
  • Herschel Harvey III: 1997 - Happy Days and Special Times
  • Eugene Ochsenreiter, Jr.: 1997 - Mountain Amateur Athletic Club
  • Stephen Grant: 1996 - Gateway House, Inc.
  • Walter Putnam: 1996 - Kinder-Mourn, Inc.
  • Bill Hill: 1995 - United Way of CRSA

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