Pet Drive for National Pet Day!

In honor of National Pet Day, the Canton Events Committee kicked off their annual pet supply drive last month. The drive collected pet supplies donations for the Animal Rescue League (ARL) in Dedham, MA. The ARL seeks to eliminate animal neglect and abuse by helping pets and animals stay out of shelters and in safe homes. Though the drive had a goal of collecting 500 items, they went above and beyond by collecting 636, for which the ARL was extremely grateful.

In order to recognize the amazing work from everyone who participated in the Canton office, the committee threw a pizza party. A thank you to everyone who donated to the cause and contributed to the event!


Anita Andreassi, Lisa Antrim, and Wendy Addo delivering the supplies!


It’s Hammer Time!

Members from our Operations, Surety and Premium Audit teams recently participated in a Habitat for Humanity build in Duxbury, MA. The site is unique for Habitat as there are 6 houses being built simultaneously (vs the traditional one home), with occupancy for the first homes expected in May and June. One group of participants painted the trim and walls for one house, and the second group installed the hardwood floors in another house.  A full day of hard work for the team, and the satisfaction of bringing the families closer to moving into their new homes. Kudos to our Canton-based teams for their hard work and efforts for such a worthy cause!

Farmington Continues March Madness Fundraising Efforts

For the fourth consecutive year, the Farmington office hosted it’s “March Madness” fundraiser. Once the Men’s NCAA basketball brackets were set, they were distributed to Farmington employees. For those who wanted to participate, a $5 donation was suggested (but not required) for each bracket, and employees could submit as many brackets as they wanted. The person with the best bracket at the end of the tournament could choose which charity would receive the funds raised.

This year, the office raised $200. Jen Capute was the undisputed champion, so along with the basketball trophy and bragging rights, she has chosen to donate the funds raised to Las Margaritas Foundation. The mission of this nonprofit humanitarian organization is to serve the needs of the community in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic, with a focus on helping children in the area to become leaders and bring positive change to their community. This is an organization close to Jen’s heart, as Las Margaritas Foundation was founded by her brother and sister-in-law, and each year summer they run a camp for the children in the area. Both of Jen’s kids volunteer as teen leaders at the camp, too.

Congratulations to Jen and the Farmington office for these fundraising efforts!

Helping our First Responders

Last month, OneBeacon Government Risks’ Sarah Schmitz spent the day with her 4th grade daughter’s Girl Scout Troop at their First Responder Appreciation event for the Maple Plain, MN first responders. Supported by the Trust, items were collected for care packages to provide to their local police force, firefighters, EMTs, etc. The packages included gift cards to local restaurants, coffee, hand sanitizer, lip balm, hand warmers, snacks and homemade cards created by the Scouts.

Not only did the troops collect enough for their local fighters, but they were also able to contribute to the City of Orono Police Department. In addition to the assembling and delivering of packages, the first responders also provided first aid training to the troop! A thank you to all our emergency responders and great work!

Reminder: OneBeacon Scholarships Due April 16!

The 2019 scholarship application due date is fast approaching! If you are a OneBeacon producer or employee with a high-school senior, they may consider applying for a college scholarship funded by our Charitable Trust!

Applying is easy—simply complete the online application by April 16. If you have any questions, please contact our scholarship program administrator, Scholarship Management Services at 507.931.1682.

Scholarship recipients will be announced in early June, and the awards will apply toward the 2019-2020 academic year. Best of luck to the Class of 2019!

Canton Supports Local Food Pantry

Our Canton office recently held a food and toiletry drive benefiting the Canton Food Pantry! We are happy to report that over 270 food and toiletry items were collected. These generous donations will be distributed to local families in need. Thank you to all who participated, and as always we appreciate your generosity. Kudos to Canton for their amazing efforts!

2019 Scholarship Program

For the 16th consecutive year, we will be awarding 16 college scholarships for the upcoming academic year to high-school seniors funded through the OneBeacon Charitable Trust. Eight of these $2,000 awards will be available to the children of the brokers, agencies and wholesalers doing business with OneBeacon. The remaining eight awards will be available to children of OneBeacon employees.

Applying is easy—simply complete the online application by April 16. If you have any questions, please contact our scholarship program administrator, Scholarship Management Services at 507.931.1682.

Scholarship recipients will be announced in early June, and the awards will apply toward the 2019-2020 academic year. Best of luck to the Class of 2019!

Kicking Off 2019 with Giving Back

Every year around the holiday season, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust donates to organizations around the country that are important to our office’s communities. As part of this year’s holiday donations, our Farmington, CT office donated $2,500 to Foodshare, a Connecticut-based food bank with a vision to increase the amount of food available, while connecting people with resources aimed at improving their quality of life. Our teammates in the Farmington office have worked closely with this organization in the last few years, so the group was thrilled to give back to this organization as it’s helped so many in the community.

Additionally, our Boston office held a food drive for the Greater Boston Food Bank, and donated $2,500 to the organization as part of the holiday donations funded by the Trust. They collected over 50 items for those in need in the Greater Boston area. Great work to all!

OneBeacon’s Vanessa DiVita with Foodshare’s Director of Giving, Cherie Trice.