OneBeacon in Motion

It was another successful year for our OneBeacon runners in the Twin Cities in Motion 5k! Having participated year after year, a few members from our Plymouth office ran for Twin Cities in Motion, a nonprofit focusing its resources on creating healthy lifestyles for youth through various exercise events and activities. A portion of each racer’s entry fee, along with a donation from the Trust supported this organization.

The team finished in 5th place out of 21 teams, with a combined time of 2:04.50!

From left to right: Chris Jerry, Mike Kuhnly, Kayla Clark, Brandon Kjelland and Andrew Deutsch.

Walk to End Alzheimer’s

Held annually in more than 600 communities nationwide, the Alzheimer’s Association Walk to End Alzheimer’s is the world’s largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s care, support and research. And last month, Alice Pourali and Lucy Diluiso of our Canton office participated in this event held at Gillette Stadium. Both ladies walked and donated, alongside friends and family. Lucy has walked for several years now, in honor of her father. We always enjoy seeing community involvement within OneBeacon.

Kudos to you ladies, and a job well done! Check out some of the photos from the event!

 

OneBeacon’s Builders

Earlier this month, members from our Plymouth office were builders and painters for the day! They helped build a house in North Minneapolis with Habitat for Humanity. Their duties included working both inside and outside. While inside, they primed and painted almost every room, in addition to putting up beams and brackets on the garage roof and front porch roof while outside.

There was outstanding participation from the OneBeacon community. They also had Americore staff assist them with the project, as well as one of the potential homeowners. Alongside the volunteer day, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust donated $2,000 to Habitat for Humanity.

Great work team OneBeacon!

Potential homeowners!

First row from left to right: Melissa Newman, Stephanie Mosley-Cummings, Mandaly LaMere, Cathy Hajicek, Shannon Lauby-Wolf and Jake Rath. Second row: Karen Braun, Annie Ly, Jennifer Geelan, Allison Robshaw and Mark Schmidt. Back row: Doug VonBank, Emma Wheeler and Mike.

Salem’s Annual Peanut Butter Drive

The Salem, VA office participated in the Feeding America Southwest Virginia annual peanut butter drive again this year – their 4th year in a row! The team was challenged to meet or slightly exceed their totals from last year, and once again they exceeded their target – this year by 115 jars! The peanut butter bake sale was another resounding success, contributing to the increase in the number of jars team Salem was able to purchase and donate.

The Charitable Trust matched 545 jars at an approximate cost of $2/jar and a $25 donation from various Salem employees. Additionally, per the food bank, this year Kroger Supermarkets is also matching monetary donations dollar for dollar – so the donation will essentially be doubled! Check out the totals from year-over-year below, and a photo of the collected peanut butter!

2015 Number of Jars: 217

2016 Number of Jars: 272

2017 Number of Jars: 430

2018 Number of Jars: 545 (Increase of 115 jars over last year)

 

2015 Weight Donated: 255 lbs.

2016 Weight Donated: 326 lbs.

2017 Weight Donated: 520 lbs.

2018 Weight Donated: 604 lbs. (Increase of 84 lbs. over last year)

Canton’s Annual Basket Raffle

Last month, Canton held their annual basket raffle fundraiser! They had 13 baskets donated this year by the various departments in the office. Participants were asked to vote on one of three charity organizations for where they’d like the funds to go to. The winning charity was Horizons for Homeless Children, so all proceeds, including a match from the Charitable Trust, will support children and their families in need.

And congratulations to members of the IT Data Services team for donating the basket that collected the most tickets (picnic basket). Their prize was a coffee and donuts party compliments of the Canton Events Committee!

Another successful basket raffle event in the books for the Canton office! And it couldn’t have been done without those who contributed the amazing themed gift baskets.

Check out some photos from the event, and congratulations to all the winners listed below:

Gift Basket Theme

Winner
Red Sox Tickets Lisa Antrim
Tupperware Basket Sue Coulter
Day in the Life of OB Employee Betsy LeBlanc
Games N More Dave Jeffery
Picnic Bill Bailey
Back to School Lauri McGuinness
Dunkin and Scratch tickets Peter Rancort
Local Brew Bash Dimitri Kalogerakis
Tailgating Patrice Frazier
Pizza Dough Jen Guthenberg
Night at the Movies Frank Tirrell
Craft Brew Shruta Kadge
Happy Camper Siva

OneBeacon Technology’s Victory Lap

Joined by other members of the insurance and local business community, and funded by the Charitable Trust, OneBeacon Technology’s Edgar Germer participated in the V Foundation’s Victory Lap 5k Fundraiser earlier this month. All proceeds went to the V Foundation, an organization that supports cancer research. This was the foundation’s first annual 5k, and it featured a race in Manhattan’s Riverside Park, a silent auction and a post-race celebration with food, beverages and live music.

Check out the photos below of Edgar and his family taking their victory lap!

Lending a Helping Hand

For the third year, the Plymouth office held their annual Feed My Starving Children volunteer event last week. The organization hand-packs meals specially formulated for malnourished children, which are shipped to their partners around the world including orphanages, schools, clinics and feeding programs.

During their shift, the group packed food for shipment to children in need in Haiti. In total, the team helped pack 196 boxes or 42,336 meals. Their efforts will feed 116 kids in Haiti for one year. In addition, the group presented a $2,000 donation funded by the OneBeacon Charitable Trust.

Once again, Plymouth had a great turn out this year with participation for this event. It’s always great to see teamwork and collaboration, while volunteering for a good cause. Great work Plymouth!

OneBeacon Entertainment Shops for Back to School

Our Overland Park based Entertainment team collected school supplies to donate to The Rose Brooks Center in Kansas City for the upcoming school year. Rose Brooks Center is a shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence. The center houses about 40 children and is always in need for school supplies.

This fundraiser is an office favorite, as they’ve contributed to this wonderful organization in the past. The office collected a variety of supplies for children of all ages—from infant to high school age.  Once the items were delivered, there was a back to school “shopping” day for the kids to pick out their supplies. The kids were very excited to see everything that was donated!

OneBeacon Healthcare Group Rolls Up Their Sleeves for FeedMore

Members of OneBeacon Healthcare Group in the Richmond, VA office recently volunteered at FeedMore, central Virginia’s core hunger relief organization which collects, prepares and distributes food to those in need. With roots dating back 50 years, FeedMore has several programs available for those in need of all ages, providing more than 22 million meals in the last year.

Breda Craig, Bridget Beckford, Laura Benton and Dana Reyes spent the day tackling a number of tasks to help the organization including preparing food, packaging food kits, cleaning food preparation areas, helping route Meals on Wheels deliveries and more! It was a lot of work to get done in a day, but well worth it to help those in the community. It was also an eye-opening experience for the group who realized how much FeedMore does to provide support to those facing hunger in the area. Be sure to check out the photos below!

This volunteer day was part of a greater commitment the office has made to FeedMore, as this organization was included as part of the OneBeacon Charitable Trust’s holiday giving program.

 

Living Our Values: The SP&C Liability Claim Team Way

A guest blog post from Claims Manager Elizabeth Wisniewski of our Denver office. 

In June, the SP&C Liability Claims Team met in Denver for their annual team meeting.  In order to facilitate team building, as well as support to the local community, the teams spent their afternoon at the Denver Food Bank of the Rockies.  By working together in groups, the teams located, counted, stacked and transported pallets of food to be delivered to various food assistance facilities throughout the greater Denver area.  It was an afternoon spent lifting, laughing, sweating and working together to provide resources to those in the need in our community. Our entire claims team participated with members from Connecticut, New York, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Missouri, Colorado and California. Check out the photos below for an inside scoop of the group’s volunteer outing!