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Hylant Helps Bittersweet Farms Provide Vocational, Recreational Services to Individuals with Autism

June 2, 2022

Toledo, OH June 2, 2022 — The economic fallout from the events of the last two years continues to hit some segments of the population harder than others. It could take years to return to the stability and security people and businesses, including nonprofits, enjoyed before a disaster happened. This spring, the Westfield Insurance Foundation joined together with Hylant to donate $5,000 to Bittersweet Farms to help families recover from disasters as part of the Legacy of Caring program. Each year, Westfield’s independent insurance agents are invited to nominate a local nonprofit in their community to receive a donation from the program. Grants were made to over 100 nonprofits in cities within Westfield’s national footprint.

The Westfield Insurance Foundation, an independent prilargesvate foundation endowed by Westfield, awards the donation as an extension of the fundamental role that insurance plays every day in stabilizing families, businesses, and communities in times of uncertainty. This year, the Legacy of Caring program donated $625,000 to nonprofits across the country focused on helping under-employed families overcome barriers in education, finance, housing and jobs and recover from disasters.

“Giving back to our communities is part of our heritage at Hylant,” said Bubba Berenzweig, CEO at Hylant. “We are proud to work with Westfield to further the missions of organizations like Bittersweet Farms and other nonprofits close to our hearts.”

“Our mission is to positively impact the lives of individuals with autism,” said Dustin Watkins, executive director of Bittersweet Farms. “The support from partners such as Westfield and Hylant make this possible. This grant is an investment in our person-centered vocational and residential services, enabling us to serve people with autism and their families. We are so grateful.”

At Westfield, it’s more than writing insurance policies, it’s about going above and beyond to help people and families thrive and prosper. Offering support that reflects these values is at the core of the Westfield Insurance Foundation. Westfield is proud to work with their independent agents in distributing more than $3.5 million since 2015.

“Together with our agency partners, Westfield continues to build on the strong commitment to caring that the founders of our company imagined,” said Ed Largent, Westfield President, CEO, board chair and Westfield Insurance Foundation chairman. “We believe in the power of community, and we take immense pride in our ability to make meaningful contributions to better communities across the country. It’s a great feeling to link arms with our agents and make an impact.”

Hylant is the largest independently owned insurance brokerage in the Midwest and ranked sixth in the United States. For more than eighty-five years, Hylant has delivered business insurance and employee benefits to organizations throughout the United States. In addition to supporting company growth through insurance solutions, Hylant has a dedicated division to protect personal assets, including homes, autos, recreational vehicles and more.

About Westfield Insurance Foundation
Westfield Insurance Foundation was established in 2005 as an independent private foundation endowed by Westfield Insurance. In keeping with the values of Westfield Insurance, the Foundation exists as a dedicated community and industry partner; concentrating resources to have an impact on safety, disaster recovery and family stability. The Foundation donates over $3 million annually to a variety of charities.

About Westfield
Westfield was founded in 1848 by a small group of hard-working farmers who believed in the promise of the future and the power of the individual. Today, as one of the nation’s leading property and casualty (P&C) companies, we remain true to their vision and are dedicated to your protection and prosperity and to the progress of our community. Visit for more information.

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