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!

 

Team Tech for Team LeGrand

Last month, Edgar Germer of our East Region Technology team participated in the 3rd Annual Commvault Team LeGrand 5k fundraiser supporting the Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation. The foundation is dedicated to finding treatments and cures for paralysis caused by spinal cord injuries, as well as other neurological disorders.

Edgar, joined by Commvault employees and other members of the insurance/ local business community, ran for Team LeGrand – a team dedicated to Eric LeGrand. Eric is a former Rutgers football player who sustained a spinal cord injury during a game in 2010. This was OBTI’s second year participating in the event, and with a donation from the Charitable Trust, the team raised $6,000 overall. Great job Edgar! And kudos to the Technology team!

Runners ready to begin!

OBTI’s Edgar Germer crossing the finish line!

Eric LeGrand cheering on the participants!

Plymouth Runs for C.A.D.E.

A few members from our Plymouth, MN office recently participated in the Children with Autism Deserve Education (C.A.D.E.) 5K race. They’ve participated in this charity race for many years to support families in Minnesota with children affected by Autism. C.A.D.E. is an organization that helps fund education for autistic children that don’t have the means to obtain it. The event proceeds went to fund grants for children in the Twin Cities to access ABA/VB therapy education. With support from the Charitable Trust, the group was able to contribute their athleticism and enthusiasm for this important cause. Great job team!

From left to right: Marko Martinovic, Jingyi Huang, Brent A. Hanson, Jean-Denis Roy and Andrew D. Deutsch.

Helping Our Furry Friends

Over the last few weeks, our Canton office went above and beyond for our furry friends. They held a pet supply drive benefiting the Animal Rescue League shelter in Dedham, MA. Over 450 items were donated to the shelter helping animals in need. Donated supplies ranged from everyday supplies, such as towels and blankets, to dog, cat and small animal-specific supplies. These contributions go a long way in helping animals in need. In 2017, the Animal Rescue League was able to help over 18,000 animals.

The animals weren’t the only ones getting a treat. Because they reached their goal of collected items, the office celebrated with a pizza party!

 

Teeing Up for Charity

OneBeacon Technology’s Nathan Martin and Laurin Thompson recently volunteered at the 14th annual J. Smith Lanier’s Charity Classic in Braselton, GA.  With support from the Charitable Trust, OneBeacon was a ‘Contest Sponsor’ for this event. The tournament benefited the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation, specifically providing financial and emotional support to families who have a child affected with a brain tumor.

J. Smith Lanier, a Marsh & McLennan Agency, is a key partner of our Southern-based Technology team. We are always excited to give back to the community and support our partners like JSL.

Nathan Martin & Laurin Thompson

March for Babies

IT’s Chris Arnold recently participated in his 5th March for Babies walk/run in Hartford, CT! Chris marched with his wife and son—otherwise known as team “Rileigh’s Rockin’ Walkers.” March of Dimes is a nonprofit organization that leads the fight for the health and safety of mothers and babies. They believe every baby deserves the best possible start to life.

With a donation from the Charitable Trust, Chris’ team raised $400 for this wonderful cause. They even ended the day with a big win—they won the Stroller Division! Great job Chris and team!

Nothing But Net in Farmington

Connecticut loves college basketball. To show its support for the game, the Farmington office recently hosted its third “March Madness” fundraiser. Once the Men’s NCAA basketball playoff brackets were set, they were distributed to all employees to fill out. To make it a bit more enticing and competitive, a $5 charitable donation was suggested (but not required) for each bracket entry. The person with the best bracket at the end of the tournament could decide which charity would receive the donated funds.

This year, there were 31 brackets filled out, raising $190. Although many brackets were “busted” early on, Lisa Campbell held on to be crowned the winner. During the office celebration, she announced she chose to support My Sister’s Place. My Sister’s Place is a local not-for-profit committed to ending homelessness by empowering women, families and others in greater Hartford (CT) to achieve independence and stability in their community by providing housing and supportive services.

Congratulations Lisa, and nice slam dunk Farmington!

Reminder: OneBeacon Scholarships Due April 16!

We’re just three weeks away from the scholarship application due date! If you are a OneBeacon producer or employee with a high-school senior, they may consider applying for a college scholarship funded by our Charitable Trust!

Applying is easy—simply complete the online application by April 16. If you have any questions, please contact our scholarship program administrator, Scholarship Management Services at 507.931.1682.

Scholarship recipients will be announced in early June, and the awards will apply toward the 2018-2019 academic year. Best of luck to the Class of 2018!