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!

2018 Scholarship Winners Announced

We are excited to announce the winners of this year’s annual college scholarship program!  For the 15th consecutive year, OneBeacon has awarded $2,000 scholarships to 16 high-school seniors. Eight of these awards were given to our producers’ children, while the other eight were given to the children of OneBeacon employees.

The winning recipients were selected based on criteria including their academic performance, leadership roles and participation in school, as well as community activities. The program is administered by Scholarship Management Services®, a nonprofit scholarship program administrator, and funded by our Charitable Trust.

Congratulations and best wishes to our 2018 winners:

Scholarship Recipient Company (Parent’s Employer) College Attending
Abigail Aanonsen Marsh & McLennan University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Chandler Boyd OneBeacon Arizona State University
Charlie Capute OneBeacon Skidmore College (New York)
Karissa DiPierro RT Specialty Cornell University
Abigail Falcone OneBeacon Ohio State University
Amanda Fosdick CRC Swett Southern Methodist University (Texas)
Myca Gieson United Agencies, Inc. California State University, Long Beach
Kathryn Madden BB&T Insurance Services, Inc. University of Georgia
Tanner Phillips OneBeacon Oklahoma State University – Stillwater
Jack Roy OneBeacon Purdue University
William Ryan OneBeacon University of Minnesota Twin Cities
Lauren Sanders Marsh & McLennan University of Dayton
Mridula Srinivas OneBeacon Rutgers University
Francesca Tannenbaum OneBeacon Stevens Institute of Technology (New Jersey)
Megan Vocatura Charles River Insurance University of Akron
Elizabeth Younger Marsh & McLennan Lawrence University (Wisconsin)

Women’s Lunch Place

Members of our Boston office got together and volunteered at the Women’s Lunch Place, a day shelter serving homeless women in the greater Boston area. Opening its doors 35 years ago, the shelter began serving hot lunches three times a week. That has now grown to six times a week, serving healthy breakfasts and lunches in a safe and friendly environment. Additionally, the shelter provides services and basic necessities to the women in need. Some of these services include art classes, yoga classes and full access to their resource center/library for computer and telephone use. Women’s Lunch Place can see up to 200 women a day, which means lots of food prep and cleaning. From chopping peppers to serving spaghetti, team OneBeacon was there to help!

From left to right: Judy Carrasco, Sasha Aronson, Meredith Paton and Jane Crapo.

Salem’s Relay for Life

A guest blog post from IT’s Clarke Grasty of our Salem office.

Relay for Life of Salem was a big success on Saturday. It was a little warm, but we had some breaks from the heat with a few cloudy spells. Several OneBeacon employees and family came out to walk and enjoy all of the games and food.

The overall grand total for all teams stands at $36,200. OneBeacon’s team is currently in second place with just over $5,000. We have the Paint Night donations June 12th and a Basket Raffle in August which will add to our totals. Our goal is to reach first place when Relay 2018 closes the books at the end of August!

Many thanks to all OneBeacon and Hanover staff who participated in our fundraisers and made donations. Also, many thanks to the OneBeacon team that came on out on Saturday and braved the heat during the middle of the day.

Also, Friday June 29th will be Cancer Awareness Night at the Salem Red Sox game. Tickets are $10 regular admission and $12 for reserved seats. A portion of the sales will go to Salem Relay for Life. You can purchase tickets for this at the Salem Red Sox website.

Enjoy the photos and thanks again for your support!