A Little Fall Refresh

The OneBeacon Architects & Engineers team recently participated in its  annual volunteer day at South Park Inn’s Plimpton House in Hartford, CT. This group has volunteered together for the past six years, with the last four at this facility.  South Park Inn’s mission is to assist homeless people to improve their life situation by providing temporary and long-term housing and supportive services. In addition, South Park Inn advocates for solutions to homelessness.  For those with severe limitations and who need ongoing support, Plimpton House was opened in 1995. This program provides a permanent housing option for 35 women and men who benefit from in-house support services. The Architects &Engineers team spent the day cleaning and painting the front and side porch of this historical Hartford building.

Members of the OneBeacon Architects & Engineers team volunteered at the Plimpton House in Hartford, CT.

Members of the OneBeacon Architects & Engineers team volunteered at the Plimpton House in Hartford, CT.

 

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Lending a Hand with Industry Mates

Each fall we look forward to participating in the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s Week of Giving (WoG).  This October, members of our Boston and Canton offices teamed up with local industry colleagues to volunteer at the Pine Street Inn. They weren’t afraid to get their hands a little dirty for a good cause, chopping and preparing 10 different types of food. Each morsel matters, as the Pine Street Inn is tasked with preparing roughly 2,000 meals each day to feed homeless individuals.

Our Denver office also participated in the WoG activities by hosting a food drive at their office. They collected many non-perishable items to benefit the Denver Rescue Mission, a nonprofit that provides food, shelter, clothing and education.

A big thanks to all of our volunteers and generous donors for their support during the annual WoG! To learn more about this week-long event, visit the IICF’s website.

Canton and Boston office members outside the Pine Street Inn kitchen.

Canton and Boston office members get down to work in the kitchen.

The Denver office’s impressive collection of perishables.

 

Ping-Pong Fever Hits Mile-High City

Ping-pong match-time recently hit downtown Denver, courtesy of OneBeacon agency partner, the IMA Financial Group. Through their charitable foundation, IMA once again hosted its “Ping Pong on the Plaza” fundraiser. In its ninth year, this event raised over $100k for the IMA Foundation, which generously gives back to the local community.

On September 14, OneBeacon’s “Team Lobsta”  including Environmental’s Nick Ryan and Matt Dunham, and IMU’s Kele Yake and Tyler Van Spanje dressed in red shirts for the afternoon tournament. The group proved very competitive, rising out of the pool of 50 teams into the final 8 before being eliminated. The “Lobstas” may have only made it to the quarterfinals, but we think they’re real winners for supporting this great event alongside industry friends and colleagues.

Pictured (left to right): Matt Dunham, Nick Ryan, Tyler Van Spanje, IMU CEO Rob Cohen and Kele Yake.

Pictured (left to right): Matt Dunham, Nick Ryan, Tyler Van Spanje, IMA Financial Group CEO Rob Cohen and Kele Yake.

Plymouth Team Motivates for Twin Cities in Motion

Authored by: Kayla Clark, Corporate Finance

Last Saturday, 13 of our Plymouth-based employees participated in the Twin Cities in Motion 5K Run/Walk on the State Capitol Grounds in St. Paul, Minn. Despite it being a chilly October morning, all who participated enjoyed themselves and either met or exceeded their personal goals! A portion of each racer’s entry fee benefited Twin Cities in Motion, a nonprofit organization that supports youth and professional athlete initiatives. Congrats to our team for placing 16th out of the 50 teams who participated in the corporate 5K challenge.

Back row (l to r): Andrew Deutsch, John Treacy, Joe Schmitt, Chris Brandt, Chris Jerry. Front row: Cynthia Arends, Stephanie Phan, Karen Braun, Kayla Clark, Annie Ly, Kathryn Lindley and Sarah Schmitz. (Missing from photo: Jessica Parrucci.)

Additionally, Tammy Placzek of our Plymouth-based Financial Services group ran in the Twin Cities in Motion Marathon the following morning. She ran with Team World Vision and raised money to support clean water initiatives in Africa.  Thanks in part to a generous donation from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust, Tammy raised enough money to provide clean water for 40 people.  Plus, she finished the marathon in great time!

Table Tennis Team Competes for Charity

Recently, a few of our Boston and Canton, Mass. office members teamed up to participate in the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s (IICF) ping-pong fundraiser. Held at Blazing Paddles in Boston, this annual event brings together industry professionals to enjoy a night of table tennis and networking. While they didn’t take home the trophy, their competitive efforts were for a good cause. All proceeds from the event are used to fund grants awarded to local nonprofits identified by the IICF. Learn more about the IICF, a charity funded and directed by insurance industry professionals.

(l to r) Operations’ Chris Marini; IMU’s Russ Bond; OneBeacon Surety’s Miguel Ferreira; Actuarial’s Aaron Fong; Catastrophe Modeling’s Bill Andruskevich

Foursomes Join the Fight Against T1D

Sunny Sacramento was recently the host city for a charity golf tournament benefiting the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). Sponsored by a local marketing agency, this event typically raises over $60,000 from sponsors, donations and auction items, all directed to help fight type 1 diabetes (T1D).

OneBeacon volunteered at the event and also fielded two golfers, who teamed up with their local Wells Fargo partners. The foursome turned in the second lowest score of the tournament — a great result for a great cause that we were happy to support through the OneBeacon Charitable Trust.

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Pictured (l to r): Tyler Van Spanje from OneBeacon’s IMU division, Tim Costello from OneBeacon Technology Insurance, and Vince Juarez and Nick Nelson from Wells Fargo.

 

Sundae School

Authored by: Laura Kenney, Human Resources

Recently we held a back-to-school supply donation drive at our Plymouth, Minnesota office. From 350 pens to 89 spiral notebooks, we collected an impressive array – and amount – of items to be donated to the Minneapolis school district.

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Supplies stacked up for the Minneapolis school district.

In appreciation of employees’ generous contributions, we held an ice cream social at our office. Refreshing treats offered to employees included root beer floats and ice cream sundaes. Many happy helpers were kind enough to volunteer their time to scoop ice cream for others. The fun summer gathering was the “cherry on top” of our successful donation drive.

Pictured scooping ice cream (l to r): Sean Duffy, Chief Claims Executive; Paul Brehm, Chief Risk Officer and Actuary; and Tom Schmitt, Chief Human Resources Officer

Back-to-School Spirit

Our Boston office recently hosted a back-to-school donation drive to benefit The Home for Little Wanderers (“The Home”). We were inspired to organize the activity after representatives from The Home, including Development’s Rick Houpt, visited our office. We learned about how this 200-year-old nonprofit impacts the lives of 7,000 children each year through a network of services such as behavioral health, special education and adoption and foster care.

Together we exceeded our target donation goal and collected over 400 school supplies and 20 gift cards for The Home! It was a great demonstration of community spirit in support of a meaningful local cause.

In his thank-you email, Rick said: “We’re filled with gratitude for your efforts. The supplies will go directly to kids in need, and the gift cards will allow our clinicians to respond to last-minute supply needs as the school year kicks off. On behalf of the kids, we thank EVERYONE at OneBeacon for your generosity and commitment.”

Donations piled inside a spare cube included 15 backpacks, 75 folders, 68 notebooks, 54 glue sticks, 36 marker sets, 31 boxes of crayons, 22 rules, 23 colored pencil sets and much more.

Salem Stacks Peanut Butter to Fight Hunger

Our Salem, Va. team recently held its second annual summertime food drive to benefit Feeding America Southwest Virginia (FASWVA). During FASWVA’s “Peanut Butter from Heaven” initiative, the office teams up to collect jars of peanut butter. This protein-rich, shelf-stable food is then used to feed those in need.

This year they collected 272 jars, an increase of 55 jars compared to last year’s total. Bravo to Salem our teammates for donating 326 pounds – or one hearty portion – of peanut butter!

Taking Care of Our “Best Friends”

Many of us who have pets consider them part of our family, and it can be difficult to see when an animal is unwanted or abused. Recently the Farmington, CT office held a pet supply drive to benefit a local shelter. Generous donations of cat and dog food, gently used blankets and towels, toys and medications were donated to The Little Guild. The Little Guild of Saint Francis for the Welfare of Animals, Inc. is the only no-kill shelter in Northwest Connecticut. Their mission is to save unwanted, abused and neglected cats and dogs; provide medical care and enrichment to make them more adoptable; and, through its pet adoption center, match them with homes where they can thrive. The current facility accommodates 20 dogs and 40 cats at any time. Thanks to the generosity of our employees, the shelter animals will be a little more comfortable until they find their forever home.

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