Way to Give, Denver!

A shout-out to the entire Denver  office for  their  support of the Food Bank of the Rockies! Besides collecting food, members of the local  Claims team spent 3 ½ hours packing food pallets for area schools serving low income families. These children receive free meals at school  during the week, but many have little to eat at home. The schools distribute the donated food through the kids’ backpacks, which they take home to eat over the weekend.  A great team effort to help those in need!

Agents & Brokers Work Hard After Hours, Too.

Day-to-day, we see our distribution partners’ business side, as they work hard to manage their clients’ risk exposures. What you may not realize is how many of them work just as hard as volunteers and fund raisers for worthy nonprofits. 

Here are just a few recent examples: Willis’ national life science practice partner rode 500 miles in support of the Arthritis Foundation; AON Mass. supported a fund-raising evening and silent auction benefiting the Kristin Foundation, which funds and organizes cancer-support events (e.g., blood, platelet and bone marrow donor-registration drives); and a principal from Heffernan Insurance cycled the Pacific Coast in the Best Buddies charity ride.

Each of these required the same determination and focus we see during our business interactions, but offered in goodwill and after hours in support of worthy causes. In each case, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust was tapped to support our partners’ community giving. Know of an event your agent or broker is participating in? Contact John Scroope to see if the Trust can help in any way!

The Trust at Work

Some of you may be wondering how the OneBeacon Charitable Trust actually works. First, Trust sponsorships must support IRS-qualified nonprofits known as “501(c)(3)” organizations. Each sponsorship request is considered relative to our community giving guidelines  The Trust supports those nonprofits that OneBeacon employees or our distribution partners support through volunteerism or personal donations.  Additionally, the Trust matches 50 cents to every dollar you donate through the annual United Way campaign, sponsors the OneBeacon Scholarship Program and funds the college matching gift program.

If you would like to submit a request for sponsorship, simply complete the forms posted on the Employee Portal and email them to charitabletrust@onebeacon.com.

Helping Fight Hunger in Virginia

Late summer, our Salem colleagues chipped in to support Feeding America Southwest Virginia by providing the food bank with the most frequently requested staple– 347 jars of peanut butter! The team also hosted a peanut butter themed cook-off where the Operations department took top honors with a peanut butter pie. A cash donation and support from the Trust rounded out this helpful donation to a needy agency.

Kudos to the Salem team!