GEICO honors two associates with volunteer of the year awards for making a difference in Macon community

MACON, Ga., Oct. 7, 2014 – They share the same last name (no relation coincidentally) as well as a passion for volunteering, which has earned associates LaTasha Garvin of Locust Grove and Paige Garvin of Macon GEICO's John Thorne Volunteer of the Year award.

LaTasha Garvin, a member of the human resources team, was recognized for her dedicated service to Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Georgia. "When I was growing up, I always had a great support system around me, which consisted of multiple people to offer words of encouragement," Garvin said. "I started mentoring because I wanted to be able to share that same motivational aspect with my match through Big Brothers Big Sisters."

As a big sister, LaTasha supported her little by attending her school events and planning activities around their common interests, which include playing viola, singing and going to sporting events. More importantly, LaTasha helped her little sister get past her shyness and become a confident, young woman. With LaTasha's support, her little sister won the Annexstead Family Foundation Scholarship which has allowed her little to attend Valdosta State University at no charge.

Paige Davidson Garvin, who works as a senior applications systems analyst, manages to juggle a family of five with giving back to multiple organizations, including Children’s Hospital, United in Pink, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Project Giving. "Every one of us has a gift and I know one of my primary gifts is mercy," Garvin said, when speaking about why she volunteers. "To see a smile spread across someone’s face who hasn’t had anything to smile about in a long time is so humbling, yet overwhelming."

Paige devotes a large amount of her volunteering efforts to causes that help children. Since chairing the Macon office's Children's Hospital campaign, donations have doubled, and more than $11,000 was raised to purchase car seats for children. Additionally, Paige works with Project Giving, a 100 percent volunteer-based organization that assists families with a member battling a critical illness. Needs vary by family, and the organization often aids with paying bills, providing food or even purchasing airfare so the sick individual can visit a medical specialist in another state.

Scott Markel, GEICO's regional vice president in Macon, said that LaTasha and Paige serve as a true inspiration to their fellow associates. "LaTasha and Paige's undying commitment to serve others shouldn't go unnoticed," Markel said. "It is a great honor to recognize both of them with John Thorne awards because they have no doubt touched many lives."

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