Why I Give Back

Local State Farm Agent JoEllen James has been with State Farm for 27 years. She evaluates what people need to protect and then helps them protect it with appropriate insurance options. 

"It makes me feel good to help people protect what's important to them," she says.

She also loves to give back. Here are three of her favorite causes. 

Special Olympics Arizona

"Special Olympics Arizona helps improve the lives and health of athletes in Arizona with intellectual disabilities. I love watching athletes experience the excitement of competition, learn about winning and losing and push themselves. Special Olympics has been a huge part of my son’s life. He has been able to develop his athletic skills while building lifelong friendships and competing in many of the sports he loves." SpecialOlympicsArizona.org

Detour Theater Company

"Detour Company Theatre is an amazing organization that provides theater training and performance experiences for adults with cognitive and physical disabilities. Every time I watch a performance, I am amazed and thrilled at the abilities of the performers. They truly emphasize an individual’s ability, rather than his or her disability." DetourCompanyTheatre.org

Arizona Tax Credit Dollars to Cocopah Arts Program

"I designate my tax credit donation to the Drama Club at Cocopah Middle School in Scottsdale because it provides students the opportunity to perform on stage and learn about production, lighting, sound and set design. They present shows, and this year, because of tax credit donations, students will travel to California to interact with industry professionals."

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