updated 11/17/2010 3:45:40 PM ET 2010-11-17T20:45:40

KANSAS CITY, Mo., Nov. 17, 2010 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Assurant Employee Benefits was recently recognized for its socially responsible business practices by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP) for its 'Change Your World' program, created by the company to show the impact that $100 can have on a non-profit organization. The Change Your World program, which won two Communitas Awards for Specific Volunteer Project and Leadership in Community Service, encourages employees to think creatively about ways to give back.

Established in 2009, Change Your World gives groups of employees $100 in seed money to spend as they wish on the charity of their choice. Employee teams have done everything from providing transportation for people with disabilities to hosting a bake sale and silent auction that raised $1,760 for charity. Overall, the eight initial seed funds have contributed thousands of dollars and hundreds of hours of volunteer work to Kansas City non-profits.

"We are very proud of Change Your World. It engages our employees and lets them think creatively about how they can make a difference," said John Roberts, president and chief executive officer, Assurant Employee Benefits. "This recognition is an added bonus, but the real stars are the people who have dedicated time and energy to these committees and the non-profits they have served. We aim to infuse some of that passion and social responsibility into the ways we do business every day."

To learn more about Assurant Employee Benefit's Change Your World program and vote on your favorite 2010 project, click here. The non-profit project that receives the most votes will be awarded an additional $2,500.

The Communitas Award is an international effort to recognize the spirit of communitas – people helping people. Communitas winners unselfishly give of themselves and their resources, and are changing the way they do business to benefit their communities.

"By recognizing individuals, organizations and companies for their volunteerism and socially responsible business practices, we are hoping to not only bring attention to great programs, but are working with community minded leaders to make the spirit of communitas an essential element of every business," said Ed Dalheim, executive director of AMCP.

A complete list of winners can be found on the Communitas website at www.communitasawards.com .

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About Assurant Employee Benefits

Assurant Employee Benefits specializes in quality employee benefits and services, including long-term and short-term disability, life insurance, voluntary benefits such as cancer, critical illness and accident, dental coverage, and disability reinsurance management services. Assurant Employee Benefits is the brand name for insurance products underwritten by Union Security Insurance Company and for prepaid dental products provided by an affiliated prepaid dental company.  In New York, insurance products are underwritten and prepaid products are provided by Union Security Life Insurance Company of New York, which is licensed in New York and has its principal place of business in Syracuse, New York.  Plans contain limitations, exclusions and restrictions. www.assurantemployeebenefits.com   

Assurant Employee Benefits is part of Assurant is a premier provider of specialized insurance products and related services in North America and select worldwide markets. The four key businesses -- Assurant Solutions, Assurant Specialty Property, Assurant Health, and Assurant Employee Benefits -- partner with clients who are leaders in their industries and have built leadership positions in a number of specialty insurance market segments in the U.S. and select worldwide markets.  The Assurant business units provide debt protection administration; credit-related insurance; warranties and service contracts; pre-funded funeral insurance; creditor-placed homeowners insurance; manufactured housing homeowners insurance; individual health and small employer group health insurance; group dental insurance; group disability insurance; and group life insurance.

Assurant, a Fortune 500 company and a member of the S&P 500, is traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AIZ. Assurant has approximately 14,500 employees worldwide and is headquartered in New York's financial district. www.assurant.com.

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Megan Hutchison

Public Relations Specialist

Assurant Employee Benefits

Direct: 816.556.7815

Cell: 816.646.0030

Megan.hutchison@assurant.com 

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