OneBeacon 2011 Scholarships

Anyone with a high-school senior at home is living the college admission waiting game, unless your son or daughter was fortunate in the early admissions cycle. In case you’re wondering, OneBeacon will once again award twenty $1,500 scholarships to rising firstyear students—ten to our employees’ children and ten to the sons/daughters of our distribution partners.

The 2011 scholarship applications will be available on our Portal mid-February. We ‘ll publish announcements internally and externally to get the word out. These scholarships are funded through the OneBeacon Charitable Trust and the progam is adminstered through Scholarship Management Services.

Be sure to post a question on this blog if there is anything we can clarify about our scholarships.  And good luck to anyone with a senior at home!

BTS Farmington Proves Bountiful

The Farmington BTS team has pursued several community-giving opportunities in recent months. A Thanksgiving food drive resulted in over 150 non-perishable food items donated to Shepherd’s Place Kitchen, which serves the Manchester, Conn. community.  Kudos to: Chris Arnold, Kate Riordan, Pamela Caparel, John Klimczak and Christine Parsons for leading the drive.

And instead of a traditional holiday party, the BTS team enjoyed lunch together and hosted a raffle featuring prizes generously donated by our vendor partners. When a manager’s ticket number was called, they “sold” the prize they won, with all proceeds donated to Gifts of Love, a charitable organization that helps the needy in greater Hartford, Conn.  Between the raffle tickets and managers’ “sales” $1,025 was raised for Gifts of Love, augmented by a $1,500 donation from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust. 

Way to give, BTS Farmington!

Toys, Toys and More Toys!

The Canton team also got into the holiday spirit by collecting on behalf of the Toys for Tots drive. Nearly 200 gifts were collected over a two week period in a campaign spearheaded by Melissa Cibelli, Gerry Beaney and Whitney Brockman

Way to Give, Canton!

Toys for Tots courtesy of Canton!

The Toys Are Piling High In Denver!

From what we’re hearing, the holidays have  brought out the best in OneBeacon’s employees. We have received updates from several offices describing local generosity targeting those in need. Keep an eye out for new blog posts over the next few days, and if you have a holiday-giving story to share, please let us know.

Toys for Tots Results in Denver

Denver: Our friends in the Mile-High City organized a toy drive for Toys for Tots. If you’re not familiar with this group, the U.S. Marine’s Toys for Tots Foundation supplies toys to children in need throughout the country. Their goal is to encourage kids through this tangible message of hope during the holidays. The Denver team filled two boxes of new toys to be donated today, Monday, December 20. Thank you, Denver, for helping brighten the holidays for some very special children!

Make a Child’s Wish Come True

That’s what Randy Werner, from the A&H team, works hard to make happen. Randy has just wrapped up his third year serving on the Make a Wish of Northeast Ohio Regional Board (and second year as Board Chairman!). This group funds over 100 grants annually to help local children suffering from life-threatening illnesses savor one very special wish. The Trust recently supported Randy’s volunteerism and philanthropy with a $1,500 donation. We hope this helps another child enjoy a special moment. Kudos to Randy and the Northeast Ohio Make a Wish team!

Holiday Giving

In recent years, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust has made donations to various food banks and other nonprofits during the holiday season on behalf of all of you. This year, a total of $5ok is being distributed to 18 nonprofits across the country. Here is the complete list and the location it represents:

Atlanta   Cavalry Children’s Home
AutoOne (LI )   Island Harvest
AutoOne (Syracuse) Food Bank of Central New York
Boston/Canton   The Greater Boston Food Bank
Boston/Canton   Canton Area Helpline
Buffalo   Food Bank of Western New York
Denver   Food Bank of the Rockies
Farmington   Food Share
Los Angeles   St. Jude’s Research Hospital
Minneapolis   Neighborhood House 
New Jersey   Interfaith Food Pantry
New York City (IMU) Holy Trinity Parish Food Pantry
New York City (EBI) St. Jude’s Research Hospital
New York City (EBI) The Brooklyn Autism Center
New York City (OBEG) Food Bank For New York City
Philadelphia   Philabundance
Salem   Southwestern Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank
San Francisco   San Francisco Food Bank


Wishing you all a happy holiday season!

The Charitable Trust Committee

AutoOne Helps Its Neighbors All Year Long

We received a nice note from our colleagues at AutoOne describing how the Trust supports their team’s community giving efforts. Thanks to Stephanie Cruz for submitting this post!

 “The OneBeacon Charitable Trust has continually supported the nonprofit organizations the AutoOne business unit has raised funds for. Each of our team donations was matched this year, doubling the total contributions! The Trust makes our personal efforts have even more of an impact in our communities.

Currently, AutoOne is hosting a food drive for Island Harvest and Food Bank of Central New York. The drive runs through December 10, and already 450 non-perishable items have been collected! As part of the annual holiday donation program, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust will be donating $5,000 to be shared by both organizations.

Overall, the Trust has contributed over $10,000 toward our sponsored charities this year. These charitable organizations include American Red Cross, Audubon Society Wildlife, American Cancer Society, American Heart Association and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.”

Way to Give, AutoOne!

Wondering how we process requests?

Just in case you’re wondering how we consider the many requests we see from employees and agents/brokers — the Trust Committee meets biweekly to consider all requests over $500. All sponsorship requests go to our Tax department for review first and then we discuss them in our next meeting.  We meet on Thursdays; our next session scheduled for December 9.  All pending requests are discussed and unless further information is necessary, we decide right there and let you know the outcome  immediately.

I’m pleased to say that the vast majority of requests are honored; only occasionally do we receive an inquiry for an organization that isn’t an IRS qualified nonprofit.

Requests under $500 simply require the approval of the department manager and just one Trust representative. Let us know if you have any questions on process!

Over 2,000 Thanksgiving Dinners

We hope you enjoyed your Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. Like you, we spent the day cooking, watching football and anticipating our turkey dinner. Well, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust wasn’t left behind! Recently, BTS’ Joe Topale requested Trust sponsorship for Personal Best’s fund-raising road race. Proceeds were used to help provide Thanksgiving meals to over 2,000 southeastern Massaschusetts families. This was the 15th year of the annual Turkey Brigade and the Trust has supported Joe and his family’s efforts for the past two. Way to give, Joe!

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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!