Community Involvement

To grow and prosper, communities require care. It is the work of many hands, sharing many talents, many hours and many gifts. Paul Hanson and the members of the team share this commitment to the community in which we live and work.  Northwestern Mutual - Spokane takes great pride in being actively involved with the community. Every year, we support and contribute to several organizations in the area, both as a network and as individuals.

Second Harvest

Working on the Saturday Sort at Second Harvest

Union Gospel Mission


Serving Meals at the Union Gospel Mission

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation
When she was one year old, ALSF founder Alexandra Scott was diagnosed with neuroblastoma,  a type of childhood cancer. Following her fourth birthday, Alex told her parents that she wanted to open a lemonade stand - her goal was to raise money to give to doctors so that they could find a cure for childhood cancer.
Alex sadly passed away when she was eight years old, but her legacy lives on through the efforts of her parents and the support of thousands of communities around the country - since 2000, ALSF has raised over $127 million to help fund childhood cancer research. Our office is proud to be a supporter of ALSF's cause by working with members of our community to spread awareness of childhood cancer and help raise money for cancer research.

























Northwestern Mutual's Community Service Award (CSA):
Northwestern Mutual's Community Service Award recognizes representatives whose outstanding dedication to local organizations has significantly bettered their communities. Since its inception in 1995, the Community Service Award has contributed nearly $3 million to almost 300 non-profit organizations throughout the country.
Vision, generosity, and commitment to community are characteristics of people who become volunteers. Each award recipient is honored with a $10,000 check presented to his or her charitable organization on behalf of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation. Northwestern Mutual - Spokane is proud to acknowledge our representatives and team members who have earned this distinguished award.
Community Service Award Winner, Tom Irvin: Tom has received this prestigious award twice; first, in 2000 for his work with the Children's Home Society of Washington. Through this organization he worked on the "Readiness to Learn" program, an outreach program for at-risk children through the local schools. A board member for over 15 years, and two-time president of the North Central Washington region, Tom worked directly with local CEO Doug Head to help obtain funding for the project. The second award was received in 2004 for his work on the Methow Park revitalization project through the local Kiwanis Club, which Tom has been a member since 1995 and also a two-time president. The Methow project involved taking the second oldest park in Wenatchee, located in the poorest part of town, and fully renovating it.  New lights, fencing, shelter, playground equipment and a soccer field were installed. With many hours and equipment the local Kiwanis put in well over $100,000 toward the project. Today the park is back in the hands of the neighborhood and again enjoyed by the children of the area.
Community Service Award Winner, Neal Springer: Neal, the 2010 CSA award winner, was presented a $10,000 grant for his volunteer work with "First Tee of Yakima."  The mission statement of The First Tee of Yakima is “to impact the lives of young people in the Yakima Valley by providing learning facilities and educational programs that promote character development and life-enhancing values through the game of golf.”  Their vision is to teach The First Tee Nine Core Values; providing the vehicle, through which kids can accomplish their dreams, thrive socially, excel academically and athletically, and become productive members of society with integrity, strong family values and commitment to community.



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