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Chicago Resident Joyce Calvin Named Allstate Give Back Day Hero

Community heroes, Rodney Peete kick off Allstate's National "Give Back Day" in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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12/08/2011 - NORTHBROOK, Ill.

Allstate Insurance Company today announced that Joyce Calvin of Chicago has been named a 2012 Allstate Give Back Day Hero.  For the fourth consecutive year, Allstate is paying tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., by encouraging individuals to volunteer in their communities on MLK Day 2012 (Jan. 16) through its Give Back Day program ( Rodney Peete, former NFL quarterback and co-founder of the HollyRod Foundation, is helping launch the 2012 program along with Calvin and three other outstanding community heroes who are recognized as leading volunteers in their communities. Peete and the four Heroes will be guiding Give Back Day activities in their home cities with Allstate.

"Joyce Calvin is a remarkable individual who selflessly gives back, keeping Dr. King's legacy alive through her passionate commitment to service," said Judith Dodd, territory sales leader for Allstate in the Chicagoland area. "The volunteer efforts of the Give Back Day Heroes reflect the values and causes important to Allstate and communities across America. We hope their stories inspire others to put their good hands to work in their own communities every day and on Jan. 16, in honor of Dr. King."

Joyce Calvin, an author, speaker, minister and philanthropist, understands the difference one person can create in the world.  Calvin, a survivor of domestic violence, founded Women of Valor Ministry (WOVM), a non-profit organization dedicated to encouraging, empowering and equipping women and girls to develop their full potential. WOVM has reached more than 10,000 women through skills development, domestic violence workshops, health and wellness conferences, one-on-one interaction and retreats since its inception in 2000.

Calvin also serves as a project coordinator for the All Faiths Against Domestic Violence Project at the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Networks and was one of the developers of the training curriculum, "Responding to Domestic Violence: An Interfaith Guide to Prevention & Intervention." She previously worked as a trainer, educator and recruiter for foster care and adoption services organizations. In 2011, she published her first book, Sister to Sister Support for the Abused Woman: Beauty for Ashes. Calvin currently serves as president of the Women in Ministry and Business Alliance (WIMBA) and Executive Director of WOVM, continuing to give back and help women in need.

Calvin joins Alexandria Phillips from Atlanta, John Darjean from Dallas and Robert Cradle from Baltimore as this year's class of 2012 Allstate Give Back Day Heroes. Each hero has helped create positive, sustainable change in their communities by volunteering to address important causes like domestic violence, economic empowerment and mentoring at-risk youth. On behalf of Calvin, Allstate is making a donation of $2,500 to WOVM. Heroes will attend The King Center's "Salute to Greatness" Awards in Atlanta on Jan. 14, 2012 for a celebration of individuals and organizations that exemplify excellence in leadership.

In addition, Peete will be attending a special Allstate Give Back Day volunteer event in Atlanta on MLK Day 2012. "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," said Peete, who spent 16 years in the NFL as a quarterback. Peete and wife Holly's HollyRod Foundation, which helps those living with autism and Parkinson's disease, is currently developing plans to open their first "HollyRod4kids Compassionate Care Center for Autism" in Los Angeles, a central location where families in the autism community can go for support, guidance, treatment and hope.

Individuals interested in participating in Allstate Give Back Day 2012 can visit 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 view profiles of the four Allstate Give Back Day Heroes and learn about their community involvement through a series of video interviews. In 2011, more than 1,500 Allstate employees, agency owners and community members volunteered in dozens of cities across the country on Give Back Day.

About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held personal lines insurer known for its "You're In Good Hands With Allstate®" slogan. Now celebrating its 80th anniversary as an insurer, Allstate is reinventing protection and retirement to help nearly 16 million households insure what they have today and better prepare for tomorrow. Consumers access Allstate insurance products (auto, home, life and retirement) and services through Allstate agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial representatives in the U.S. and Canada, as well as via and 1-800 Allstate®.

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