Franklin Entrepreneur Honored for Volunteerism (Allstate Foundation)

Posted 08/20/2015

Imagine taking a precious baby into your home, caring for her as your own, getting attached, then placing her with another adoptive family a few months later. That's what Franklin Allstate Agency Owner Calvin Bishop and his wife, Cathy, have done for Mercy Ministries and Catholic Charities of Tennessee with 12 infants over the past three years.

Bishop also devotes time to serve as his church's building committee chairman. He spends 5-10 hours a week in meetings with architects, contractors and city officials to lead the $3 million dollar project. It will allow the congregation to expand their support of service programs like Grace Works food bank. Bishop spends at least a couple hours a month there, volunteering, folding clothes -- whatever is needed.

Another cause close to his heart is Habitat for Humanity. Bishop and his agency have donated to the program for years. He is currently teaching an eight week class educating homeowners on the importance of budgeting, home maintenance, and insurance protection.

For his outstanding contributions and volunteer efforts, Bishop has been chosen as the winner of the 2015 Ray Lynch Community Service award - Allstate's top national honor recognizing an agency owner for the way he or she gives back and makes a difference in the community.

"As a local business owner, Calvin believes in going above and beyond the call of duty to do what's best for customers and the community," said Eric Harvey, Territorial Sales Leader.

The Ray Lynch Award is dedicated to the memory of former Allstate agent Ray Lynch of Fayetteville, N.C. Lynch built a successful agency around a remarkable record of service to his community. During his 32 years as an Allstate agent, Lynch earned many company honors. In 1999, Lynch passed away. Inspired by his leadership, Allstate created this community service award in his honor.

Bishop generously donates his time and money, both personally and through his agency. He annually leverages Allstate's 15% match to stretch the impact of his dollars epitomizing what happens when good hands people give back. "I am truly honored to receive this award. When I'm serving I'm not just an agent, I'm a human being trying to help another human being," Bishop said.

The Allstate Foundation will give a $5,000 grant in Bishop's honor to the charity of his choice.

SOURCE: Allstate Foundation (

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