Denver Office Hosts Drive for Hurricane Harvey

Earlier this month, our Denver office joined together and hosted a clothing drive for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Employees were very generous with their donations and the amount of support was wonderful. The donations were dropped off at a local Colorado Red Cross office and shipped to Houston for distribution. Read more on Denver’s hurricane relief efforts and how you can help. Truly a job well done!

It’s That Time…Back to School!

Summer is coming to an end, which means it’s that time of year again…back to school! The Overland Park, KS office which includes members from Entertainment, Technology, Specialty Property and Inland Marine, all collected school supplies to donate to The Rose Brooks Center in Kansas City.  Rose Brooks Center is a shelter for women and children escaping domestic violence.  The center houses about 40 children and is always in need for school supplies.  The office collected a variety of supplies for children of all ages—from infant to high school age.  They hosted a “Back to School” day for the kids to pick out their supplies and the kids were very excited to see everything that was donated!

Additionally, our Farmington office also held a school supply drive. This was the office’s second year participating, and all of their drive benefits went to the Wheeler Clinic’s Community Support for Families. The Wheeler Clinic is a program designed to help families strengthen natural and community support systems to maintain a safe and health home environment.

From pencils to backpacks and notebooks to markers, both offices were successful in their collecting efforts. Great job teams!

Charitable Trust Donates to Hurricane Harvey Support

This week, we’ve watched Hurricane Harvey severely impact Houston and surrounding areas. Consistent with our commitment to “doing the right thing,” we will be making a $10,000 donation to the American Red Cross’ Harvey Relief fund through the OneBeacon Charitable Trust. The donation will be made on behalf of all OneBeacon employees.

We’ve also heard that some offices are collecting items for Houston families and direct donations have likely happened as well. Please know that we applaud your efforts and offer this contribution to complement your spirit of community giving.

Plymouth Helps Kids in Need

Last week, over 50 of our Plymouth teammates spent their afternoon volunteering at Feed My Starving Children in nearby Chanhassen, MN.  Founded in 1987, this organization hand-packs meals specially formulated for malnourished children, which are shipped to their partners around the world including orphanages, schools, clinics and feeding programs.

During their two-hour shift, the group packed food for shipment to needy children in the Dominican Republic. In total, 139 boxes of food, or 30,024 meals, which is enough to feed 82 children for a full year was packed! They also presented a $2,500 donation on behalf of the group funded by the OneBeacon Charitable Trust. The $2,500 covers costs to feed 12 children for a full year!

 

In addition to their meal packing efforts, the Plymouth office also conducted a school supply drive. Over 150 supplies were collected and donated to the Minneapolis schools. All kinds of materials were donated—from binders and folders, to pencils and markers. Way to go team Plymouth!

 

The Sun, The Moon and The Kids

On Monday, August 21st, people all over North America gathered outside to experience the celestial event of the solar eclipse. This was the first total solar eclipse visible in the United States in 38 years.  Our Georgia-based Technology team spent the historic moment volunteering at a local elementary school helping local students enjoy the experience.

As you can see, the kids were well-prepared with their protective sunglasses!  Our volunteers also live-streamed Oregon’s view of the eclipse, which was one of the best places to see the eclipse live. The kids asked many questions, wondering if it “will it mess up the iPhones?” and “will it buzz?” Kudos to our Technology colleagues for their community-spirit! (And we hope you were able to see the eclipse locally as well!)

Another Successful Salem Relay

There wasn’t a cloud in the sky on May 13th as our Salem office participated in its 14th Relay for Life event! Relay for Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, where team members take turns walking around a track or designated path for 24 hours to show support for cancer patients.

To help raise money this year for Relay for Life of Salem, the team held yard sales, a paint night, received generous donations from the Salem staff and raffled off a wine basket from the Kegs and Barrels Wine and Craft Beer Festival. Sponsored by OneBeacon, the Kegs and Barrels Wine and Craft Beer Festival was held earlier this month, and brought in $405 for Relay for Life.

All of Salem’s fundraising efforts for Relay for Life amounted to a grand total of $7,558, including a contribution from OneBeacon’s Charitable Trust. A job well done to the Salem Relay team and everyone who contributed for this amazing cause!

Peanut Butter & Charity Sandwiches

For the third year in a row, our Salem, VA office participated in the Feeding America Southwest Virginia’s (FASWVA) 4th annual “Peanut Butter from Heaven” food drive. FASWVA specifically collects peanut butter because of its versatility and nutritional benefit.  The Salem office hoped to slightly exceed its donation from last year, but they far surpassed it! They actually increased their donation by 158 jars over 2016, donating a total of 430 jars! In addition to employees donating peanut butter, the office also hosted a successful bake sale allowing them to purchase even more jars for this worthy cause.

Since participating in this food drive, the Salem office has donated 919 jars of peanut butter. Great job team!

 

2017 OneBeacon Scholarship Winners Announced

We are thrilled to announce the winners of our 14th annual college scholarship program! Eight of these $2,000 scholarships were awarded to our employees’ children, and eight to our producers’ children.

Winners were selected based on criteria including their academic performance, leadership roles and participation in school and community activities. The program is administered by Scholarship Management Services®, a nonprofit scholarship program administrator, and funded by our Charitable Trust.

Congratulations to our 2017 winners:

Scholarship Recipient Company (Parent’s Employer) College Attending
Nathan Bosch Hays Companies of Wisconsin University of Wisconsin-Madison
Ryan Coulter OneBeacon Insurance University of Massachusetts Amherst
Katherine Dane Dubraski & Associates University of California, Berkeley
Kelsie Dwyer OneBeacon Insurance Springfield College (Massachusetts)
Megan Geelan OneBeacon Insurance St. Olaf College (Minnesota)
Timothy Gong OneBeacon Insurance University of Massachusetts Amherst
Kahlia Gonzales OneBeacon Insurance University of Vermont
Trevor Goodwin RPS ISG International Christopher Newport University (Virginia)
Jordan Henderson Harmon, Dennis and Bradshaw Mississippi State University
Ryland Lillibridge Dubraski & Associates University of Maryland, College Park
Garrett Mccullum Marsh & McLennan Agency Baylor University
Alaina Sanders Marsh & McLennan Agency Kettering College (Ohio)
Thomas Sauer OneBeacon Insurance St. Mary’s University (Texas)
Jordan Stream OneBeacon Insurance New York University
Dustin Van Kirk OneBeacon Insurance Rochester Institute of Technology
Matthew Willis Moreman Moore & Co. University of Arkansas

 

Just Keep Running, Plymouth!

It was all smiles on a rainy and chilly May morning in Plymouth, MN! Despite the weather, a OneBeacon team participated in the annual Autism 5K at Lake Calhoun in Minneapolis last month. No matter speed or ability, anyone could participate in this motivational charity event to benefit Children with Autism Deserve Education (C.A.D.E.), a volunteer run non-profit supplying grants to local families and research.

OneBeacon was a sponsor of the event by way of a generous donation through the Charitable Trust. As you can see in the photos below, the team had a great time! Some OneBeacon team members brought their family to join in on this inspirational cause. With an average of over 1,500 participants, the proceeds of this 5K helped many families in need.

Canton Gets Creative For Charity

Another year, another successful fundraiser basket raffle at our Canton office! And the baskets keep getting bigger and better. Several departments participated in the event by creating fun and unique gift baskets. This year had 10 gift basket themes: Red Sox tickets, a Tupperware Basket, a Money Tree (yes, a tree filled with money), a Fire Pit Basket, an Auto Basket, a Picnic Basket, a Bird Basket, a Treasure Chest Basket, a Margarita Basket, and Concert Tickets.

The event raised $1,500 in ticket sales, which has been matched through OneBeacon’s Charitable Trust. A grand total of $3,000 will be donated to the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) this year!  As always, we are thrilled to support this nonprofit. Awesome job team!