Shaving for a Cure

Guest post by OneBeacon Government Risks’ Brian Latimer

Once again, my San Antonio colleague Christina Phelan, along with her husband, Dave, and son, Aidan, and I were proud to participate in the annual St. Baldrick’s Shave For A Cure.  While this was my third year to participate, Dave and Aidan marked this up as year number 4!

While representing Team DylanStrong, our team of 8 was able to raise over $8,500 for the cause, including another very generous contribution from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust.  The team was formed to help garner support and recognition in honor of 11-year old Dylan Vega (soccer-mate of Aidan’s) who is thankfully in remission from Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. (In the group photo Dylan is the one WITH hair!)  Overall, this San Antonio event will be very close to hitting it’s $100,001 goal and will help St. Baldrick’s hit over $30,000,000 nationally – all of which is dedicated to funding research for a cure for juvenile cancer, which sadly is one of the most underfunded of all cancer research.

Thanks to generous donors, volunteers and organizations like OneBeacon, St. Baldrick’s can continue to fight for our kids!

 

Pictured far left is OneBeacon’s Brian Latimer with his Dylan Strong teammates

Christina Phelan and Brian Latimer happy to present the OneBeacon Charitable Trust donation.

Helping Turn Kids Luck Around

Guest Post by  Brian Latimer, OneBeacon Government Risks

Lisa Marsalis and I had the distinct honor of visiting the Clarity Child Guidance Center in San Antonio, Texas and spending some time with Rebecca Helterbrand, Senior Vice President of Marketing and Resource Development and Jessica Kelley, Development Assistant. Rebecca described the culture, history and mission of Clarity and we were pleased to be able to present a contribution from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust. In return, Lisa and I were humbled to each receive a pinwheel featuring the art of their residents.  At Clarity, the pinwheel signifies that this is the place where kids can “turn their luck around.” Clarity adopted the pinwheel to represent childhood, the innocence of the patients they treat, and of the recovered freedom they wish for their children. As we walked through the campus, we noted an uplifting pinwheel theme.

OneBeacon Government Risks has partnered with Clarity for several years to help bring assistance to children ages 3-17 who are experiencing behavioral and emotional difficulties. Through the use of three campuses, Clarity is able to provide dedicated care to children consisting of outpatient care, acute/emergency care and 24-hour on-campus treatment. In addition, Clarity has partnered with the Northside Independent School District so that their patients can keep up with their school work and help maintain a feeling of “normalcy”. Clarity also partners with The University of Texas Health Science Center for educational and research purposes.

All of this great work is done as a nonprofit organization and no child or family is turned away for financial reasons.

Pictured (l to r): Clarity’s Rebecca Helterbrand and OneBeacon’s Brian Latimer and Lisa Marsalis

2017 College Scholarship Applications Now Available!

We are pleased to announce that we are once again awarding college scholarships for the upcoming academic year funded through OneBeacon’s Charitable Trust. Eligibility for eight of these $2,000 awards is exclusively available to the agencies, brokers and wholesalers doing business with OneBeacon.

Applying is easy – just complete the online application
 by April 15.

Final decisions will be announced in early June. The program is funded by the OneBeacon Charitable Trust and administered by Scholarship Management Services.  Please refer any questions to them at 507.931.1682.

On behalf of everyone at OneBeacon, congratulations to the Class of 2017!

 

A Soup-er Food Drive for the Big Game

For the second year in a row, the Farmington office held a non-perishable food drive in conjunction with the Super Bowl. During the week leading up to the game, two boxes were placed in the lunchroom. One had the New England Patriots logo, and the other had the Atlanta Falcons logo. Employees were asked to bring in canned/nonperishable food items and place them in the box of the team they thought would win the Big Game. Even though the Falcons lost the game in the fourth quarter, they won this contest. They had nearly twice as much food than the Patriots! All donations will go to Foodshare, which provides food for organizations in the greater Hartford, CT area.

A collection of nonperishable food items collected by the Farmington office.

A Look Back: 2016 Community Giving

The totals are in! Last year, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust donated to 126 nonprofits in support of our employees and producers partners. We also sponsored 4 insurance education programs and matched 28 gifts our employees made to schools.

We’re proud of the generous spirit continually demonstrated by members of our community and glad to be in a position to reinforce their efforts through Trust sponsorship.

The complete list of the organizations and schools we supported in 2016 is noted below. (FYI – the numbers in parentheses flag those nonprofits with multiple donations.)

 

Nonprofits
A.L.S. Family Charitable Foundation
Ability First (2)
Aidan’s Heart Foundation
AIDS Action Committee
Alzheimer’s Association (2)
American Lung Association
America Scores Boston
American Cancer Society
American Heart Association
American Legion Post #225
American Liver Foundation
Annapolis Area Ministries Inc.
ASU Foundation (2)
Ataxia Foundation
Autism Resource Center of Central Massachusetts
Barney & Barney Foundation (2)
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Boomer Esiason Foundation
Boston Children’s Hospital Trust (2)
Boy Scouts of America
Boys & Girls Club of Atlantic City
Boys Hope Girls Hope of IL
Brent’s Place
Casa of Cook County
Cavalry Children’s Home
Charity Cycling Challenge (2)
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
Children’s of Minnesota
Christopher Maki Memorial Foundation
CHUM Therapeutic Riding
Clarity Child Guidance Center
Coats of Kindness
College Possible
Create Inspiring Youth
Cri Du Chat Research Foundation
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
Dorothy Day Center
Eagle Hill Foundation of Massachusetts
East LA Women’s Shelter
Ellie Fund
Eyes Like Mine
Family Promise Organization
Feed My Starving Children
Feeding America
Feeding America Southwest Virginia
First Step Back Home
Food Share
Foundation to Eradicate Duchenne
Free to Breathe
Georgia State University Risk Management Foundation
Girl Scouts of Eastern MA
Granara-Skerry Trust (2)
Grants Ginormous Gift Foundation
Habitat for Humanities of NYC
Harvesters
Heffernan Foundation
Home for Little Wanderers
Hopkins Westwind Concert Band
i4th Robotics 4-H Club
IMA Foundation
In2Vision Supported Employment Programs
Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (6)
Interfaith Food Pantry
International Justice Mission
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (2)
Kids in Crisis
LaSalle College High School
Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
Lilliput Children’s Services
Local Office On Aging
Lydia’s House
Make a Wish Foundation of Colorado
March of Dimes
Massachusetts General Hospital
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center
Minnesota Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers
Mountain Shadows Foundation
My Sisters Place
National Brain Tumor Society
National MS of Greater New England
National MS Society (2)
North Shore Child & Family Guidance Center
Northern Voices
Order of Malta-Wester Association
Park Square Theatre
Part of the Solution
Pasadena Community Foundation
Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation
Personal Best Charity (2)
Piers Park Sailing Center
Pine Street Inn
Pink Ribbon Softball
PLUS Foundation
Podz Memorial Foundation
Prepare & Prosper
Reach out and Read Minnesota
San Diego Zoo
San Francisco Food Bank
Science Museum of Minnesota
Seattle Children’s Hospital
Society of St. Vincent De Paul
South Foryth High School Band Boosters
Special Olympics Maryland
St. Baldrick’s Foundation (6)
St. Columbia Episcopal Youth Group (2)
St. David’s Center for Child & Family Development
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (3)
St. Mary’s Food Bank
Steck PTA Chapter of IL
Susan G. Komen (2)
Teach for America
The Actuarial Foundation (2)
The ALS Foundation
The Hartford Gay and Lesbian Health Collective
The Magic of Life, LLC
The Willis Foundation (2)
The Women’s Lunch Place
Toys for Tots
Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance
University  of St. Thomas (2)
University  of St. Thomas Actuarial Department
University of Colorado Foundation
Wang YMCA of Chinatown
WINGS
Worcester County Motorcyclists Survivors
World Vision
Wounded Warrior Project
YMCA
Yoga Reaches Out (2)
Matching Gifts to Schools
Bentley University
Bishop Feehan High School
College of St. Francis Xavier
Eastern Connecticut State University
Georgetown University
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Hollins University
Malden Catholic High School
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
North Height Christian Academy (2)
Oak Knoll School of the Holy Child
Saint Michael’s College
St. Olaf College
St. Patrick – St. Vincent High School
St. Peter’s Prep (2)
The Epiphany School Foundation
Trinity Catholic High School
Trinity College
Tufts University
University of Rhode Island
University of Virginia (2)
Washington and Lee University
Waynesburg University (2)
Webb Institute

How You Decided: 2016 Holiday Poll Results

We are excited to share the results of our 2016 donation allocation poll taken through our holiday e-card. Based on your votes, the OneBeacon Charitable trust will donate $10,000 among three worthy nonprofits as follows:

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This holiday season, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust also donated $50,000 to nonprofits across the country. These organizations were chosen by local OneBeacon offices, with the donations impacting  nonprofits that are important to those communities. Listed below are the 26 nonprofits we were pleased to support, with the sponsoring office noted in parentheses.

  • Aidan’s Heart Foundation (Blue Bell, PA)
  • Annapolis Area Ministries Inc. (Annapolis, MD)
  • Boys and Girls Club of Atlantic City (Morristown, NJ)
  • Boys Hope Girls Hope of IL (Chicago, IL)
  • Brent’s Place (Denver, CO)
  • Calvary Children’s Home (Atlanta, GA)
  • Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA)
  • Christopher’s Haven (Canton, MA)
  • Clarity Child Guidance Center (San Antonio, TX)
  • Create Inspiring Youth (Anaheim, CA)
  • Dorothy Day Center (Plymouth, MN)
  • Family Promise Organization (Alpharetta, GA)
  • First Step Back Home (St. Louis, MO)
  • Foodshare (Farmington, CT)
  • Habitat for Humanity (New York, NY)
  • Harvesters (Overland Park, KS)
  • Home for Little Wanderers (Boston, MA)
  • Local Office On Aging (Salem, VA)
  • Operation Delta Dog (Canton, CT)
  • Personal Best Charity (Canton, MA)
  • Pine Street Inn (Boston, MA)
  • San Francisco Food Bank (San Francisco, CA)
  • Seattle Children’s Hospitals
  • St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (Canton, MA)
  • St. Mary’s Food Bank (Anaheim, CA)
  • Toys for Tots (Plymouth, MN)

 

Inspiring Youth

Happy New Year!

We’re happy to share one more photo of our holiday giving efforts, featuring OneBeacon Technology’s southern California team. Our colleagues decided to allocate their donation to Create Inspiring Youth for a Better Tomorrow. This nonprofit is based in Orange, California and serves local homeless and at-risk youth through educational opportunities and essential services. They specifically focus on the Skyview School – a local K-8 school whose primarily homeless students are desperately in need of extra support.

OneBeacon Technology underwriting consultant Michelle Stream is pictured in the back row (left) with Create Inspiring Youth founder Mary Garcia (right) and some of the children.

OneBeacon’s Michelle Stream (left) presents our holiday donation to Mary Garcia and the Skyview School community.

OneBeacon’s Michelle Stream (left) presents our holiday donation to Mary Garcia and the Skyview School community.

 

A Generous Season for Salem Teammates

Authored by: Deanna Sowers, Operations

Each year, our Salem office selects a local charity to give back to during the holiday season. This year we selected the Local Office on Aging, an organization that provides a range of services and information to older adults and those who care for them.

In addition to monetary donations, we collected a number of non-perishable items and supplies such as paper goods, fruit cups, peanut butter, crackers and canned vegetables. Our efforts were also supported with a holiday donation from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust.

Spreading Holiday Cheer to Those Who Are Near

The holiday season is one of giving, and that has truly been the case with OneBeacon offices across the country. Employees from Phoenix to Boston teamed up to support local nonprofit organizations that mean the most to them. In addition to  employee efforts, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust has donated over $50,000 in support of various nonprofits chosen by offices, along with $10,000 being allocated through the OneBeacon holiday e-card. Read on to learn more about some of the organizations we supported this season.

San Antonio Children’s Shelter: The OneBeacon Government Risks team in the  San Antonio office coordinated a drive to collect fun toys and personal care items for kids under the care of the local San Antonio Children’s Shelter. They adorned their  office tree with “angels” that contained a child’s name, age, sizes and interests. The office was able to donate a Jeep full of toys and hopefully bring lots of joy to kids this holiday season.

The Village for Families and Children and South Park Inn: Farmington employees collected, wrapped and delivered 20 gifts to The Village for Families and Children, a nonprofit that provides housing for at-risk children and families in the Greater Hartford region. They also collected and delivered several boxes of sweatshirts, hats, gloves and personal care items to South Park Inn, a homeless shelter in Hartford, CT.

Pine Street Inn: Our Boston employees volunteer at this urban homeless shelter throughout the year. Their charitable efforts continued with an office-wide donation drive to benefit those transitioning into new housing. The supply drive was augmented by a donation from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust.

Toys for Tots: Both our Plymouth, MN and Canton, MA teams collected nearly 350 toys for less fortunate children in their communities through the U.S. Marine Corps annual Toys for Tots drive.

St. Mary’s Food Bank: The OneBeacon Charitable Trust provided a donation to this food bank on behalf of the Phoenix office. The gift will provide 8,750 meals for individuals and families struggling with hunger during the holidays and beyond.

SoCal Firefighters and Marie Corps Reserve Spark of Love Toy Drive: The OneBeacon Entertainment team donated toys to this worthy organization. Over the past two decades, Spark of Love has successfully collected over 8 million new toys and sports equipment for underserved children and teens in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Ventura and Riverside counties.

Create Inspiring Youth for a Better Tomorrow: The Anaheim office chose their beneficiary to be this non profit based in Orange, CA, which services homeless children by providing educational opportunities and essential services. They specifically focus on a local K-8th elementary and middle school, which serves primarily homeless children who are desperately in need of extra support.

The photos below show the offices’ efforts in action!

 

 

 

Help Us Give Back This Holiday Season

We’re helping spread the joy by giving back to those in need this holiday season. Our Charitable Trust will allocate a $10,000 gift among three worthy nonprofits including Feeding America, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Habitat for Humanity. To help us allocate this year’s donation, please view our holiday card and select one of these organizations.

We’ll post the results right here in a few weeks! In the meantime, we hope you enjoy a wonderful holiday season.