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

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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.

The Gift of Giving

The holiday season is in full swing in the Twin Cities, with our Plymouth, Minn. team joining the local community in collecting Toys for Tots. Our colleagues collected nearly 200 toys, along with a donation from OneBeacon’s Charitable Trust. This generous presentation even made the local TV news!

Hats off to our teammates for spreading the joy this season. (Watch for more OneBeacon holiday cheer stories in the coming weeks!)

Team Plymouth joyfully presents Toys for Tots!

Team Plymouth joyfully presents Toys for Tots!

 

 

 

Sunshine and Tee-Times to Support Local Families

Fortunately, it never rains in California, which means their outdoor charitable fundraisers always draw a crowd. Our Orange County-based partners from Barney and Barney recently hosted their fifth annual Golf Classic, which benefited the Assistance League of Santa Ana and Mariposa Women & Family Center. Golfers from across Southern California came out to support and raise money for both organizations.

OneBeacon was well represented through seven West Coast employees from IMU and OneBeacon Technology. Our team volunteered throughout the day, working a hospitality tent on the 11th tee.  Additionally, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust sponsored the event lunch as noted on the signage below.

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Pictured (l to r): Barney & Barney’s Doug Shea, IMU’s Larry Rasmussen, and Pat Hanson and Paul Heidemann, both from Barney & Barney.

Let’s “Can” Hunger!

Authored by: Brian Latimer, Government Risks

Our San Antonio-based Government Risks team held a food drive throughout the month of November to benefit the San Antonio Food Bank. This organization helps combat hunger in 16 local Texas communities.

In addition to monetary donations, employees contributed items listed on the Food Bank’s “12 Most-Wanted List.” A few of the themed-giving days like “Macaroni Monday” and “Tuna Tuesday” prompted an outpouring of giving from employees.

At the official weigh-in, we were thrilled to discover we had collected 595 pounds of much needed food for our community. It was an honor to do our small part to help feed our hungry neighbors.

Government Risk employees at the Food Bank, and standing beside the office fundraising goal they surpassed.

Government Risks team members took a trip to the Food Bank, and stood beside the fundraising goal they surpassed.

A Thankful Food Drive

The Farmington, CT office recently held a fun and competitive food drive to support FoodShare. FoodShare is an organization that helps feed more than 137,000 people in Hartford and Tolland counties. Employees were invited, either individually or as a team, to decorate a work station with reasons why they are thankful. Then, their office mates had an opportunity to tour the decorated areas and vote which work station represented giving thanks most effectively by placing nonperishable food items in those stations. The reasons were vast and included some humorous reasons, as well as simple yet profound notes of gratitude. Once the food was tallied, well over 300 items were donated, and the office celebrated with a pot luck lunch. It was a great way to kick off the season of giving!

 

No Tricks and All Treats for the Troops

Whether it was due to generous neighbors who enjoy tick-or-treaters, or there were simply too many leftovers to eat, the Farmington and Canton offices were on candy overload after Halloween. Instead of sharing bowls with co-workers or throwing it out, the groups decided to donate leftover Halloween candy in support of Operation Gratitude. Operation Gratitude annually sends 200,000+ care packages to veterans, first responders, new recruits, wounded heroes and their care givers, and to individually named U.S. service members deployed overseas and their families waiting at home.

Both offices donated several pounds of candy, and the Canton office plans to hold a contest to see if anyone can guess the weight of what was donated.

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