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Allstate and Operation HOPE Join Together for Sandy Recovery Efforts



     Allstate and Operation HOPE Join Together for Sandy Recovery Efforts

$100,000 grant will support financial counseling and guidance for families and
business after natural disaster

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, Feb. 5, 2013

ATLANTA, Feb. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Operation HOPE is pleased to announce
that Allstate Insurance Company is committing $100,000 to bolster financial
guidance and recovery efforts for the financial dignity nonprofit's
initiative, Project Restore HOPE: Hurricane Sandy. Through Project Restore
HOPE, volunteers are being recruited and trained to provide financial recovery
assistance to those who need guidance restoring their homes and businesses.

Led by its preparedness and recovery division, HOPE Coalition America, the
initiative is coordinating efforts by financial industry professionals and law
firms to provide manpower and support for rebuilding and recovery guidance for
individuals and businesses affected by the super storm.  Funds from Allstate
will help fortify efforts in the New York and New Jersey areas.

"Hurricane Sandy has produced financial recovery challenges, disruption of
revenues and individual income," said John Hope Bryant, Operation HOPE
founder, chairman and chief executive officer. "We have responded on the
ground, virtually and through our national call center in all the 14 impacted
states, but principally in New York and New Jersey.  This is now an
opportunity for the sector and its leaders to show a practical support."

Project Restore HOPE will help those who need help in obtaining lost or
destroyed documents, completing home inspections, filing insurance claims,
deferring payments or negotiating with creditors, and filling out FEMA
assistance applications. Services are available through the organization's
toll-free hotline at 888-388-HOPE (4673).

"As part of Allstate's commitment to rebuild and strengthen local communities
impacted by Sandy, we are partnering with Project Restore HOPE to help
expedite recovery," said Vicky Dinges, vice president of corporate social
responsibility at Allstate. "Working together and coordinating efforts will
help create a community response that makes rebuilding faster and more
efficient.  This grant will bring together local, on the ground nonprofits and
experts that can help impacted families obtain the resources they need to move
forward and recover."

Allstate and The Allstate Foundation have donated more than $1.2 million to
nonprofit organizations dedicated to Sandy recovery efforts.  Additionally,
more than 1,200 Allstate employees donated to the American Red Cross to assist
those impacted by the storm. 

Created in 2001, HOPE Coalition America has a working memorandum of agreement
with the Red Cross, FEMA and Citizen Corps. HCA is a collaborative effort that
allows knowledgeable, responsible individuals employed in the regulated
financial services industry to provide one-on-one assistance to businesses,
individuals and families recovering from disasters. It has provided financial
triage services on-the-ground and through its toll-free hotline to survivors
across the country for more than 30 disasters, including Hurricane Katrina,
the Georgia Floods, and the 2007 California Wildfires, among others.

About Operation HOPE (HOPE)
Operation HOPE is a global nonprofit social investment banking and financial
dignity empowerment organization. Through several global initiatives and three
principal financial literacy programs: Banking on Our Future (teaching school
children about money), HOPE Coalition America (financial emergency
preparedness and disaster financial recovery), and the HOPE Financial Dignity
Centers (loans, bill pay, computer literacy, understanding banking
principles), HOPE is leading the "silver rights" movement towards making free
enterprise and capitalism relevant to all underserved communities.

About HOPE Coalition America (HCA)
HCA is a collaborative effort that allows knowledgeable, responsible
individuals employed in the regulated financial services industry to provide
one-on-one assistance to individuals and families recovering from disasters.
Since its formation in 2001, the result of a partnership with the Department
of Homeland Security and FEMA, HCA has distributed over 500,000 copies of the
Emergency Financial First Aid Kit (EFFAK) and the Personal Disaster
Preparedness Guide (PDPG) in addition to providing financial triage to
survivors across the country for more than 30 disasters, including the Georgia
Floods, and the 2007 California Wildfires, among others. The Project Restore
HOPE initiative is activated for larger scale disasters like Hurricane Katrina
and Sandy.

About Allstate

The Allstate Corporation (NYSE: ALL) is the nation's largest publicly held
personal lines insurer, serving approximately 16 million households through
its Allstate, Encompass, Esurance and Answer Financial brand names and
Allstate Financial business segment. Allstate branded insurance products
(auto, home, life and retirement) and services are offered through Allstate
agencies, independent agencies, and Allstate exclusive financial
representatives, as well as via www.allstate.com, www.allstate.com/financial
and 1-800 Allstate^®, and are widely known through the slogan "You're In Good
Hands With Allstate^®." As part of Allstate's commitment to strengthen local
communities, The Allstate Foundation, Allstate employees, agency owners and
the corporation provided $29 million in 2012 to thousands of nonprofit
organizations and important causes across the United States.

SOURCE Allstate Insurance Company

Website: http://www.allstate.com
Contact: Kyle Donash, 1-847-402-7893, Kyle.Donash@allstate.com; or Sherry
John, +1-213-891-2908, sherry.john@operationhope.org
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