Volunteering and working at Primerica often go hand in hand, and many of our Home Office employees are regular volunteers, both at work and at home in their communities. Sometimes, these employees go above and beyond the call of duty.
Diana Ballard, in Field Supervision, is one of these employees. Earlier this year, she donated one of her kidneys to her 66-year-old husband, Dakota.
It was an arduous two-year process that began when they discovered his history of high blood pressure was linked to kidney failure. All of his siblings were ruled out, so Diana got tested and found out she was a potential match. After extensive blood work and more tests, she was cleared to be a donor for her husband. The transplant took place May 5, 2017.
“I had so many people praying for me here at the Home Office (Duluth, GA),” says Diana. “This company was so supportive and understanding of my schedule and everything that I was going through as a caregiver. I never had to worry about taking time off to be with my husband or to get some rest.”
Fast forward to today, Dakota is doing “phenomenally well with no complications,” but “none of the credit goes to me,” Diana insists.
Diana, who just celebrated her 19th year at Primerica on August 13, is an avid volunteer often heading up annual holiday gift drives in her department, collecting donations during Thanksgiving and working with Habitat for Humanity.
Outside of the volunteer work she does with Primerica, Diana volunteers with an organization called Forever Fed through her church that provides food and clothing to the local area’s needy.
Diana credits Primerica as being the spark by which she got into volunteering.
“This company provides me with so many ways to be able to grow as a person,” she says. “I can volunteer while at work and the company promotes this. They provide each employee with an annual volunteer day, which is a day off to volunteer with an organization of their choice. We can also participate with Meals on Wheels during the workweek. These types of opportunities are a catalyst to being able to do good in our world outside of Primerica.”