Robert J. Wilkens Insurance Agency Takes the Lead in Raising Funds for Habitat for Humanity Bergen

Summary: Robert J. Wilkens Insurance Agency led the way in raising funds for Farmers of Salem’s charitable drive to support Habitat for Humanity Bergen during the COVID-19 pandemic.

This spring, Robert J. Wilkens Insurance Agency’s staff announced they were back in the office and ready to serve customers in person. Back row: Mike Pietropaulo, John Wilkens, Phil Pillari, Front row: Mariela Pena, Rebecca Dimas, Theresa Melgar, Joyce Sellow, Mavel Regueira, and Antoinette Rodas. Photo Credit: Robert J. Wilkens Insurance Agency

(Bergen County, New Jersey; October 13, 2021) — During the COVID-19 pandemic, Robert J. Wilkens Insurance Agency, a World Insurance Associates company, is helping people in our area in their time of need.  This year, the company again joined Farmers of Salem’s ‘Earn More, Give Back’ charitable incentive program in their seventh annual drive with independent insurance agencies to raise awareness and provide donations for Habitat for Humanity.

Robert J. Wilkens Insurance Agency led the way with a donation of $1,410, and Farmers of Salem donated $15 per policy to the local Habitat affiliate.  As a result of this drive, Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County received a donation of $2,175.  For seven years, donations raised by Farms of Salem’s drive have totaled $77,710, with 2021 marking their largest annual donation of $13,410.

John Wilkens Photo Credit: William Shaw

“From the beginning, Robert J. Wilkens Insurance Agency has participated in this charitable drive to benefit the community.  This year, we sold 94 active policies, and we were delighted to lead and be named the top donor this year.  We have contributed an average $1,000 donation annually, totaling over $8,000 to our local Habitat for Humanity affiliate in Bergen County.  This activity demonstrates our and Farmers of Salem’s support of this effort to provide affordable housing in the area,” said John Wilkens, Agency Principal, Robert J. Wilkens Insurance Agency.

The company specializes in personal lines package business such as umbrella and small business BOP Workers’ Comp/Commercial Auto.  Services are provided to clients in Florida, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania.  From three locations in Bogota, Dumont and Hawthorne, New Jersey, the company services customers.

Habitat Bergen

Habitat Bergen seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness by working in partnership with people in need.  The nonprofit organization uses volunteer labor and donated funds and materials to build or rehabilitate houses and sells them interest free at cost to low-income families.  The prospective homeowner helps with the construction of the home.

The ‘Earn More, Give Back’ charitable drive’s donation will support building a home for a veteran family in Westwood.  “Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County is grateful and proud to have helped so many amazing families have a decent and safe place to call home.  For the past 27 years, we have worked tirelessly in pursuit of helping hard working Bergen County families achieve the dream of homeownership.  We appreciate our partnership with the Robert J. Wilkens Insurance Agency and for their continued support and generous donation to help us build affordable housing for a Veteran family,” said Teri Capparelli, Executive Director, Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County in Westwood.

Business Blends With Philanthropy

Wilkens combines a passion for professionalism and service with philanthropy.  Other nonprofit organizations have benefited from John Wilkens and Robert J. Wilkens Insurance Agency’s philanthropy.  This year, the company rallied staff, colleagues, and businesses to support The Community Chest of Eastern Bergen County’s (The Chest) first golf outing held at White Beeches Golf and Country Club in Haworth.  The agency was a sponsor and helped raise funds for grants that will be awarded to nonprofit agencies providing expanded services to people in need in the area experiencing hardships during the pandemic and the aftermath of Tropical Storm Ida.  By collaborating with other businesses and insurance companies, they surpassed their fundraising goal and helped The Chest raise nearly $50,000 for the golf outing.

Serving on the Darren Drake Foundation’s board of trustees, Wilkens helped the nonprofit raise funds for individuals to learn and pursue vocational careers in an accredited program.  The Foundation honors the legacy of Darren Drake, who was killed on October 31, 2017 in a terrorist attack in New York City.

Graphic of Habitat for Humanity Bergen home to be built in Westwood, New Jersey Photo Credit: Habitat for Humanity Bergen

In Demarest, he also provided sponsorships for several organizations, including the Demarest 5K with proceeds contributed to the Demarest PTO, Demarest Day and Fireworks celebration, and St. Joseph’s Church’s events.  His philanthropic interests and support extend to national organizations, including St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Shriners Hospital for Children, and the Jimmy V Foundation.

About Robert J. Wilkens Insurance Agency

For 31 years, Robert J. Wilkens Insurance Agency has provided insurance coverage custom tailored to meet individual, family and business needs.  Working with a range of highly rated insurance carriers, the company offers the highest level of quality protection to customers in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida.  As a result of its commitment to individual service, the agency’s growth emanates from a solid referral basis and by providing customers with confidence in knowing caring, professional industry experts will resolve their concerns in a timely fashion.

In 2021, the agency was acquired and became a division of World Insurance Associates LLC.  For further information about Robert J. Wilkens Insurance Agency, visit or contact (201) 343-1741.  Stay updated about the company’s activities on Facebook and LinkedIn.

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