#WhyOneBeacon Video: Our Culture of Giving

At OneBeacon, our employees often give back to the communities where they live and work. Whether it’s through their dedicated volunteer efforts or generous financial contributions, members of OneBeacon support a broad range of charities across the country.

Recently, our Boston team volunteered at the Pine Street Inn, a homeless shelter, and participated in a fundraising event held by the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF). Both of these events are highlighted in our #WhyOneBeacon video, which offers insight about the ways we give back, why it matters and how the OneBeacon Charitable Trust offers additional support.

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Always an All-Star

Three years ago, the unthinkable happened to Healthcare Group’s Susan Angelo, when her brother Rich passed away while competing in the U.S. Triathlon Nationals. The family was determined never to forget his passion for athletic competition, and ultimately decided to honor his memory by establishing an athletic college scholarship for students graduating from his alma mater, Malden (Mass.) high school. To fund the scholarship, his namesake foundation hosts a 5k road race each fall. 2015 marked the fourth Rich Angelo memorial road race – the “R11A” – and an unseasonably warm November day greeted the 225 runners. Participants included local politicians, high schoolers and troops honoring Rich’s U.S. army service.

Said Susan, “We grew up in Malden, where my brother was a star high-school athlete. It’s been gratifying to help current Malden High students realize their college dreams with these scholarships. In just three years we have already awarded seven scholarships totaling $13,000.”

The Trust has been very pleased to support Susan and her family’s efforts – and congratulates all the deserving winners of the Rich Angelo scholarship.

Pictured below: Susan’s mother, Florence Angelo, and Gary Christenson, mayor of Malden.

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Local troops who served in Afghanistan together ran the race “ruck march” style.

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OneBeacon Design Professionals Help Out In Hartford

Members of the OneBeacon Design Professionals team spent time volunteering in Hartford recently.  Brett Fowler, Brooke Beeman and Alex Chambers worked on building an accessible ramp to the Plimpton House homeless shelter in Hartford.  Plimpton House is part of the South Park Inn transitional living facility.  The Inn provides education, job training, mental health or substance abuse treatment to residents, which increases their skills and their ability to earn income.  Plimpton House offers those with severe limitations and who need ongoing support a permanent housing option.

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Our Week of Giving- 2015

Last week, the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF) sponsored its annual “Week of Giving,” an eight-day, industry-wide volunteer event where insurance industry professionals dedicate their time to local neighborhood and community nonprofit organizations. We are pleased to report that several teams of OneBeacon employees participated, including those from the Boston and Canton, Massachusetts offices.

In the Kitchen
The Boston office combined its long-standing tradition of volunteering once a quarter at the Pine Street Inn, a city emergency homeless shelter, with this year’s Week of Giving. Over the span of two days, teams of employees spent their morning in the shelter’s kitchen, chopping vegetables and preparing and serving lunch sandwiches to the community.


For the Kids
Employees from our Canton office teamed up with Junior Achievement of Northern New England to dedicate their time at Nash Primary School in Weymouth, MA. There they joined other industry professionals in teaching students of various grade levels, helping with class projects and arts and crafts.

Teaming Up for IICF’s Ping-Pong Tournament

Recently a team from our Boston office joined industry colleagues at a charity ping-pong tournament held in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. Hosted by the Northeast chapter of the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF), the event raised funds for charities in the Boston community.

Sponsored by the OneBeacon Charitable Trust, our team supported the IICF through both their volunteer efforts and table-tennis skills. Despite their best attempt (and even after hosting lunchtime practice sessions in a conference room!), our team did not take home the trophy. However, they did have time to enjoy mingling with coworkers and fellow community givers alike.

Rallying for those in need with others in our industry – especially while participating in a friendly competition– made for a truly memorable evening!

OneBeacon’s team included Ye Pan, Russ Bond, Carmen Duarte, Nick DiStefano, Kham Syvilay, Emma Li, Ya Zhang, Julianne Grillo and Todd Lehmann

OneBeacon’s team included Ye Pan, Russ Bond, Carmen Duarte, Nick DiStefano, Kham Syvilay, Emma Li, Ya Zhang, Julianne Grillo and Todd Lehmann

Autism Speaks and OneBeacon Surety Listened

OneBeacon Surety Group recently showed its support for its partners at The Hyde Agency as a sponsor of the Autism Speaks Fall Classic. One of Hyde’s three partners co-chaired this annual fundraiser hosted at the Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, NJ, home of the 2016 PGA Championship.

Today, one in 68 children is diagnosed with autism and these numbers keep growing. Treatment is generally time-intensive and expensive, costing a family an average of $65,000 a year. The tournament’s fundraising enables Autism Speaks to help children and families affected by autism defray some of their treatment expenses.

John Guglielmo joined with other industry friends at the tournament, which included a sponsorship through the OneBeacon Charitable Trust. The photo below showcases our support on the 15th hole of Baltusrol’s Upper Course.

According to John, ”Last year they raised $500k and the turnout this year was far better.” We look forward to hearing the tally soon, and are glad to support a great cause on behalf of our producer partners and OneBeacon Surety.

 

OneBeacon's sponsorship on display on the 18th hole.
OneBeacon’s sponsorship on display on the 15th hole.

Top Chefs

Community giving is as much about volunteering time as offering financial support. All across our company, we see examples of individual and team volunteering efforts, which reinforces OneBeacon’s style of always “doing the right thing.” Our Boston team was the most recent group to offer time for a great cause. Spearheaded by Healthcare Group’s Susan Angelo, six teammates spent a morning on kitchen duty at the Pine Street Inn. This nearly 50-year old organization is New England’s leading provider of housing, shelter, street outreach and job training to homeless men and women. Susan has organized quarterly volunteer mornings for several years. Now with an expanded Boston presence, the team looks forward to continuing this wonderful custom to help those in need. In fact, roughly half the office will return to the Pine Street Inn next month during the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s “Week of Giving.”

Personally, I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with my teammates chopping vegetables and prepping meals for those in need. Kudos to Susan for initiating this custom; we all look forward to returning to Pine Street Inn soon!

(l to r) Wendi Boyden, Susan Angelo, Nick DiStefano, Laura Williams, Carmen Duarte and Emma Li

(l to r) Wendi Boyden, Susan Angelo, Nick DiStefano, Laura Williams, Carmen Duarte and Emma Li

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

Julie Larson, a member of our Finance team, recently participated in her sixth consecutive Susan G. Komen (SGK) Twin Cities 3-day event. Benefiting the world’s largest breast cancer organization, the event entails a 60-mile, three-day walk in which each participant raises at least $2,300. All proceeds support SGK’s research/training grants and public health outreach programs for people facing breast cancer.

While she previously participated as a walker in the event, Julie has been a member of the event crew for the past few years. The OneBeacon Charitable Trust was proud to support her fundraising and volunteer efforts this year, which included four consecutive days maintaining camping and dining areas for all walkers and crew. Rainy weather conditions forced the crew to move the campsite to a local high school, a new experience for Julie.

“My crew leaders were from San Diego, and we worked together so well that they invited us to join their team at the San Diego 3-day event in November,” said Julie. “I’m really hoping that I can make that work, because I just love being part of an effort that makes a world of difference for those affected by breast cancer.”

According to Julie, the photo of her and a new friend at this year’s event illustrates the instant camaraderie between participants.

Canton Fundraising Event Benefits Industry Charity

Recently, members of our Canton group hosted a fundraiser raffle event at their office. In addition to enjoying popcorn and Italian ice, participants entered for a chance to win a variety of creatively themed gift baskets (pictured below).

Thanks to various OneBeacon teams who donated a total of 12 prizes, the event raised over $1,400 in ticket sales. And with a full donation match from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust, we will be donating a grand total of $2,800 to the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation (IICF).

Whether it’s through our volunteer efforts or community giving, we are always pleased to support the IICF, a national nonprofit that coordinates our industry’s efforts to give back through volunteering and grants.

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Rallying for Marsh’s Charity Challenge

It’s always nice to support the charitable initiatives of our industry colleagues and especially those of our producer partners. Earlier this month, OneBeacon Technology’s Cecilia Young, David McKenzie and Beth Edgerton teamed up with our Charitable Trust to rally behind Marsh & McLennan Agency’s (Marsh) annual Charity Challenge fundraising event.

As part of challenge, Marsh sets a fundraising goal and asks its partners and employees to contribute to three nonprofit organizations. Marsh then provides a 30% match to all contributions made. This year’s beneficiaries – Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of MinnesotaCollege Possible and St. David’s Center – focus on the health and development of young people in their community.

With Marsh matching the Trust’s contributions, we were proud to have helped raised nearly $6,000 for these three nonprofits!