Brian Southern Is This Week's Hometown Hero

A State Farm agent by day, his life outside of the office is just as fulfilling.

Posted: Jul 3, 2021 7:11 PM

Bettering the community for generations to come can be tough, especially when it takes a team working together.

Brian Southern of Evansville is a busy man.

"We don't do this for business, we do this because it's the right thing to do," says Southern. "Alot of what I do is to try to reach out and support activities in the community."

A State Farm agent by day, his life outside of the office is just as fulfilling.

"I do Bio-Med services which is emergency blood delivery to the various hospitals in the area," says Southern. "I'm also on the American Red Cross Disaster Services so if there's fire, tornado, flood, hurricane, I'm one of the people that gets dispatched for that."

Brian spends nearly twelve hours a week volunteering with the Red Cross. Other days he serves as a board member at the African American Museum helping with events like Juneteenth and Otter's Tribute games. He's also active with the Annex Community Center on Taylor Avenue.

"A lot of the community, they need people that are taking what I consider to be actionable steps, so physically being present," says Southern. "Doing things in the community that can help make a difference."

Southern says it's through his work and volunteerism he's able to make an impact.

"My whole belief on this system is the community is only as strong as the whole community together," says Southern. "So, if we're not helping every demographic in the community, we're not helping the whole community to rise and be better."

He says the most fulfilling part is making a difference in the lives of others.

"I've developed relationships with people that I probably would not have any other way," says Southern.

Last month, Brian and his State Farm team provided free dinner to the community, handing out more than 60 meals in Evansville's southside.

Just small steps Brian says he hopes to pass down to future generations, encouraging them to do good.

"Part of what I'm also trying to do is enable them to have that same experience in paying it forward," says Southern. "So, as they mature and grow professionally and personally, maybe they're going to take on some of these activities in the future."

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