Oakland Resident Margaret Dixon Named Allstate Give Back Day Hero
Community hero and Keshia Knight Pulliam kick off Allstate's National "Give Back Day" in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Allstate Insurance Company today announced that Margaret Dixon of Oakland, Calif., has been named a 2013 Allstate Give Back Day Hero. For the fifth consecutive year, Allstate Insurance Company is honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through Allstate Give Back Day, a national program that encourages individuals across the country to volunteer. This year, actress and volunteer enthusiast Keshia Knight Pulliam has partnered with Allstate to help launch the program and recognize Dixon and the three other selfless African-American heroes who dedicate their time and efforts to making a positive impact in their communities.
Margaret Dixon is a retired police officer from the Oakland Police Department, who served 25-years in the department of her hometown. Currently, Dixon is an instructor in the Administration of Justice program at Merritt College. In addition to teaching, Dixon is the Oakland Police Activities League (PAL) board president, a nonprofit program that serves at-risk boys and girls in Oakland by providing afterschool activities and various sports opportunities. Dixon spends countless hours volunteering to create positive and safe programs for Oakland's youth. She has served as head coach of the Oakland PAL track team, which she also founded. The PAL track team has allowed hundreds of Oakland youth to travel beyond the city limits, a first-time experience for many kids in her program. Every year, more than 100 boys and girls, ages 5-18 years old, register to run for PAL, and many of those boys and girls continue running in high school and college. Dixon has had the opportunity to guide several of her athletes to receive college athletic scholarships.
"Margaret Dixon is an outstanding individual who keeps Dr. King's legacy alive through her unwavering devotion to bettering the greater Oakland community," said Vicky Dinges, vice president of public social responsibility for Allstate. "Each of our heroes has truly made a commitment to community service, and we hope that their dedication will serve as motivation for others to give back on MLK Day and every day."
Dixon joins Jackie Lomax from Chicago, Joseph Cole from Nashville and Freedom Wright from Atlanta as this year's class of 2013 Allstate Give Back Day Heroes. These remarkable heroes help create positive, sustainable change in their communities with a focus on addressing important causes such as education, diversity advocacy, disadvantaged youth and teens in foster care. As part of their recognition, the heroes will attend The King Center's "Salute to Greatness" Awards in Atlanta on Jan. 19, 2013, for a celebration of individuals and organizations that exemplify excellence in leadership. Each hero will also participate in a volunteer activity in their hometown over MLK weekend 2013. In addition, Allstate will be making a $2,500 donation on behalf of Dixon to the charity organization of her choice.
Pulliam will also be participating in a special Allstate Give Back Day volunteer event in Atlanta on MLK Day, Jan. 21, 2013.
"It is an honor for me to be associated with such a remarkable group of heroes. I have always placed a high value on volunteerism in my own life and it is incredible to see such selfless individuals carrying out the legacy of the great Dr. King in their communities," said Pulliam, who founded Kamp Kizzy in Atlanta to help empower the spirits of young girls.
Individuals interested in participating in Allstate Give Back Day 2013 in California and across the country can visit allstate.com/GiveBackDay to find local volunteer opportunities via VolunteerMatch, an online search engine promoting volunteerism and civic engagement by matching volunteers with charitable organizations and non-profits. Visitors to the website can also view the profiles of each of the Give Back Day Heroes, which include exclusive video interviews with each hero on the details of their community involvement.
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