Soup-er Act of Giving

Our Salem, Va.-based office consistently organizes donation drives to benefit local organizations in their community. Most recently, the team hosted a “soup for seniors” fundraiser. After collecting over 330 perishable items, such as canned food and boxes of crackers, the group donated the items to the League of Older Americans (LOA). The LOA will distribute the items to elder citizens who may not be able to drive, are without family or unable to acquire the supplies they need.

According to Operations’ Heather Robinson, “The LOA greatly appreciated our generous contributions.”

Congratulations on another soup-er act of giving, Salem!

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Farmington Employees Get Excited for the Super Bowl While Helping a Great Organization

During the week leading up to the Super Bowl, the Farmington office held a canned food drive. Two boxes were placed in the lunchroom – one with a Broncos logo and the other with a Panthers logo. Participants were asked to bring in canned/nonperishable food items and place them in the box of the team they thought would win the Big Game. The Denver Broncos were the winners, with about 15 more non-perishables in their box. All donations will go to Foodshare, which provides food for organizations in the greater Hartford, CT area.

The Farmington office participated in a canned food drive to benefit Foodshare.

The Farmington office participated in a canned food drive to benefit Foodshare.

2015 Community Giving Tally

Last year we donated to many nonprofits that our employees are directly involved with or that we sponsored in support of our producers partners. We’re excited to share that in total, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust made 146 donations – 101 to nonprofits, 3 to support risk management education and 37 matching gifts to schools. Thank you to all of our generous employees and producers for the work you do to make a difference in your local communities!

Read more to view the full list of organizations and schools the Trust donated to in 2015. The number in parentheses indicates the amount of donations the organization received.

Local Contributions at Work

Steve Spina and Darlene Bailey from the Farmington, CT office recently presented a check for $3,000 from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust to the President and CEO of Foodshare, James Arena-DeRosa. Foodshare is an organization that serves the greater Hartford, CT region, which consists of 42 towns in Hartford and Tolland counties. Last year, Foodshare provided enough food for 12 million meals to 300 partner programs including food pantries, community kitchens, homeless shelters and Foodshare’s Mobile Foodshare program.

Steve Spina (left) and Darlene Bailey present a check to Foodshare president James Arena-DeRosa.

Steve Spina (left) and Darlene Bailey present a check to Foodshare president James Arena-DeRosa.

Encouraging an Altruistic Culture

At OneBeacon we believe in supporting worthy nonprofits that matter to our employees. This commitment is demonstrated by the number of hours employees volunteer, as well as the financial support that is provided through the OneBeacon Charitable Trust. Recent efforts of three employees were profiled in the Insurance Information Institute’s Impact magazine, which highlights various ways the insurance industry gives back.

You can read this article, which can be found in the winter 2015 issue on page 16, as well other stories that profile the charitable efforts by others in our industry.

Caring for Animals in Need

Members of our Salem, Va.-based office recently teamed up to support Angels of Assisi. Located in nearby Roanoke, Va., this nonprofit offers care, housing and other assistance for homeless and/or abused animals.

The Salem group collected 220 pounds of pet food, 40 pet toys along with a supply of various other items including treats, blankets and cleaning supplies. They also donated cash and gift cards.

According to Operations Supervisor Christen Thagard, “The staff at Angels of Assisi was extremely grateful to receive the supplies. They rely on the support of the community to keep their furry patrons safe, and our generous support will help them protect, rehabilitate and relocate animals in need.”

 

 

2015 Holiday Donation Poll: Results Revealed!

We are pleased to share the results of our 2015 holiday donation poll! Based on your votes, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust is allocating $30,000 among three national nonprofits as follows:

This holiday season, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust also contributed donations totaling $50,000 to nonprofits across the country, specifically in local communities where OneBeacon has a presence. Listed below are the 25 nonprofits we were pleased to support, with the sponsoring office noted in parentheses. Local employees from these offices helped identify worthy organizations where they may volunteer or offer support, or that is simply recognized for helping a meaningful cause.

  • American Cancer Society (New York City, NY)
  • American Legion Auxiliary Unit #225 (Canton, MA)
  • Annapolis Area Ministries Inc. (Annapolis, MD)
  • Boys Hope Girls Hope of Illinois (Chicago, IL)
  • Cavalry Children’s Home (Alpharetta & Atlanta, GA)
  • Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (Los Angeles & Anaheim, CA)
  • Clarity Child Guidance Center (San Antonio, TX)
  • Coats of Kindness (Plymouth, MN)
  • Dorothy Day Center (Plymouth, MN)
  • Ellie Fund (Canton, MA)
  • Food Bank of the Rockies (Denver, CO)
  • Food Share (Farmington, CT)
  • Granara-Skerry Trust (Canton, MA)
  • Harvesters (Overland Park, KS)
  • Holy Trinity Parish Food (New York City, NY)
  • Interfaith Food Pantry (Morristown, NJ)
  • National MS of Greater New England (Canton, MA)
  • Pathways for Children, Inc. (Quincy, MA)
  • San Francisco Food Bank (San Francisco, CA)
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital (Seattle, WA)
  • St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital (Canton, MA)
  • Southwest Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank (Salem, VA)
  • The Home for Little Wanderers (Boston, MA)
  • Toys for Tots (Plymouth, MN)
  • Wounded Warrior Project (Blue Bell, PA & New York City, NY)

OneBeacon Community Spreads Holiday Cheer

In the spirit of the holiday season, the OneBeacon community teamed up to give back to those in need. From Minnesota to Connecticut, our employees displayed support for those nonprofits that matter most to our communities. Here’s a look at some of the meaningful causes we supported during this special time of year.

Toys for Tots: Both our Canton, Mass. and Plymouth, Minn. teams collected gifts for less fortunate children through the U.S. Marine Corps annual Toys for Tots Drive.

(Above) Plymouth collected 170 toys and $250, which was augmented by a $3,000 donation from our Charitable Trust. They presented the check on a local TV station.

(Above) The Canton office collected over 220 toys.

The Village for Families and Children: Farmington, Conn. employees collected, wrapped and delivered several car loads of gifts to The Village for Families and Children, a nonprofit that provides housing for at-risk children and families in the Greater Hartford region.

(l to r) Covenant to Care’s Pat Mackenzie-Clampson teamed up to coordinate the drive with OneBeacon’s Nikkole Nelson. At right, The Village collection room.

Pine Street Inn: Our Boston, Mass.-based employees volunteer at this urban homeless shelter throughout the year. Before their final volunteer event in December, OneBeacon Healthcare’s Susan Angelo organized an office-wide donation drive for items to benefit those transitioning into new housing.

Boston volunteers prepared to deliver plentiful gift baskets.

Feeding America Southwest Virginia: Our Salem, Va. team held a donation drive to benefit Feeding America Southwest Virginia. They collected 279 pounds of non-perishable items and $515, which will be used to fight hunger in their community. Our Charitable Trust supported their efforts with a $3,000 donation.

OneBeacon’s Jeff Greene presented the donation check to Feeding America’s Amy Morgan.

(l to r) Feeding America’s Amy Morgan accepted the donation check from OneBeacon’s Jeff Greene.

Coats of Kindness: Our Plymouth, Minn. office piled up around 150 items of winter clothing to outfit those in need. And with the help of our Charitable Trust, they donated $3,100 to this nonprofit.

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Californians for a Cause

Earlier this month, our International Marine Underwriters (“IMU”) and OneBeacon Technology Insurance teams from southern California were out on the golf course in support of key agency Barney &Barney’s charitable efforts. The agency’s Orange, Cal. location initiated a golf tournament in 2012 to support the local children’s hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit. By partnering with their carriers and others in the local community, the Barney & Barney Foundation has raised over $200,000 to make a profound difference in the lives of hundreds of babies and their families.

Through the OneBeacon Charitable Trust, our area colleagues have been sponsors of this event since its inception. This year, we sponsored the event’s beverage cart. Pictured below are Beth Lopez and Michelle Stream from OneBeacon Technology, who joined with IMU’s Larry Rasmussen on event day, both as supporters and competitors.

Kudos to Barney & Barney for their support of the Orange County Children’s Hospital –and for team OneBeacon for showing their support!

 

OBTI's Beth Lopez and Michelle Stream help out at the sponsorship table.

OBTI’s Beth Lopez and Michelle Stream help out at the sponsorship table.

 

 

Networking for a Cause

Most of us are familiar with the importance of professional networking. But back in 2009, a group of New England insurance women felt they could use their industry connections to support those in need. They decided to host a golf outing to support a local charity, an event that laid the foundation for Women in Insurance in New England, or W.I.N.E.

The group now boasts hundreds of area supporters including IMU’s Meredith Atwood and OneBeacon Technology’s Kathleen Gonzales, who have participated for several years. The showcase fundraiser is the fall “Nine and W.I.N.E.” where a friendly nine holes of golf are played, followed by a group dinner featuring a plentiful raffle to raise additional funds. As well, all participants are encouraged to bring supplies that will be donated to the group’s beneficiary, The Women’s Lunch Place (WLP) located in Boston. WLP provides a safe, comfortable daytime shelter, nutritious food and support services for women experiencing homelessness or poverty.

Over the years, the group has raised over $100,000 for the WLP, including support from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust. We applaud Meredith and Kathleen’s commitment to this cause and for joining with industry colleagues to support those in need. Now that’s networking!

Pictured (l to r): Yin Luu and Janice Clifford from Arthur J. Gallaher; OneBeacon’s Kathleen Gonzales; Jennifer McRae and Maureen Higgins also from Gallagher; Jinal Patel from OneBeacon Technology; and Sarah Sullivan from Sullivan Insurance.

Pictured left to right: Ann Butterworth from Arch Re, IMU's Meredith Atwood; and Rebecca Parslow  with FM Global.

Pictured (l to r): Ann Butterworth from Arch Re, IMU’s Meredith Atwood and Rebecca Parslow with FM Global.

 

 

 

Raffle items were a great fundraising feature.

Raffle items were a great fundraising feature.

A view of some of the supplies generously donated by event participants.

A view of some of the supplies generously donated by event participants.