Celebrating Insurance Careers Month

This month we are teaming up with our industry colleagues to commemorate the second annual “Insurance Careers Month.” This industry initiative unites members of the insurance community to raise awareness of insurance as a desirable career choice. With nearly half of insurance professionals expected to retire within the next 15 years, we realize how critical it is to attract young talent to our workforce. During this month’s awareness campaign, we joined others in inspiring the next generation by sharing intriguing facts, career insights, tips and general information about insurance.

So, why choose a career in insurance?

Opportunity and growth, according to OneBeacon Government Risks’ VP of Business Development Brad York.

 

Challenge, stability and satisfaction, according to millennial Laura Peterson’s InsureMyPath.com blog. Laura, a member of OneBeacon Government Risks, shares an inspiring story about joining the industry.

A commitment to educating tomorrow’s leaders. OneBeacon is committed to fostering insurance knowledge among students and supporting risk management programs across the U.S. Earlier this week, OneBeacon launched its annual scholarship program, which awards 16 graduating high-school seniors with $2,000 college scholarships for the upcoming academic year. This month we are also attending two college career fairs. Although located in different states, our goal at these events is common: offer career opportunities to tomorrow’s leaders and spread awareness about our industry.

For more insights and tips related to Insurance Careers Month, we invite you to follow @OneBeaconJobs on Twitter.

2014 Holiday Donations

After receiving more than 800 votes in our holiday ecard donation poll, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust was pleased to allocate $30,000 among three worthy nonprofits as follows:

Additionally, our Charitable Trust donated $51,000 to nonprofits in those communities where OneBeacon has a presence. Listed below are the 21 organizations our local offices (noted in parentheses) selected to support this holiday season:

  • American Cancer Society (New York City)
  • Annapolis Area Ministries Inc. (Annapolis, MD)
  • Boys  Hope Girls Hope of IL (Chicago)
  • Canton Area Helpline (Canton, MA)
  • Cavalry Children’s Home (Atlanta)
  • Clarity Child Guidance Center (San Antonio)
  • Dorothy Day Center -Catholic Charities of St. Paul & Minneapolis (Minnetonka, MN)
  • Father Bill’s and Main Spring (Canton, MA)
  • Food Bank of the Rockies (Denver)
  • Food Share (Farmington, CT)
  • Harvesters (Overland Park, KS)
  • Holy Trinity Parish Food (New York City)
  • Interfaith Food Pantry (Morristown, NJ)
  • Pine Street Inn (Boston)
  • RFK Center for Justice & Humanity (New York City)
  • San Francisco Food Bank (San Francisco)
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital (Seattle)
  • Sharing and Caring Hands (Mary Jo’s Place) (Minnetonka, MN)
  • Jude Children’s Research Hospital (Los Angeles)
  • SW Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank (Salem, VA)
  • The Greater Boston Food Bank (Boston)

OneBeacon was pleased to donate over $80,000 during the recent holiday season, supporting organizations that matter most to our community.

Team Boomer MVP

Volunteering is a selfless act, and when it involves a life-threatening medical condition affecting kids, it’s a particularly inspirational commitment. This describes OneBeacon Accident’s (OBA) Steve Mueller, who’s volunteered with the Boomer Esiason Foundation (BEF) for years. BEF is a dynamic partnership of leaders in the medical and business communities who volunteer to heighten awareness, education and quality of life for those affected by cystic fibrosis, while providing financial support to research aimed at finding a cure.

Steve’s commitment has been contagious, catching on among his OBA teammates and other friends and colleagues in the industry. His efforts now include serving on BEF’s Board of Directors, and more recently, recognition as the 2014 Timothy M. O’Brien Award recipient presented at BEF’s annual gala fundraiser. With OBA teammates in attendance and Charitable Trust sponsorship, Steve’s success and drive exhibited through his support of BEF and throughout all other aspects of his life were honored that evening.

The Timothy M. O’Brien Award was established in 2003 to honor an original BEF Board member who lost his life in the September 11 terrorist attacks. We congratulate Steve for all he does to help those struggling with cystic fibrosis and for supporting their fight for a cure.

Steve is pictured below with BEF’s founder and namesake, Boomer Esiason.

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2014 OneBeacon College Scholarship Program

We’re excited to announce that for the 11th consecutive year, OneBeacon will award college scholarships for the upcoming academic year!  If you’re a OneBeacon employee or producer—and have a college-bound student at home—simply download the application and review the program brochure for details.

Eligibility
Sixteen deserving members of the class of 2014 are eligible to receive a $2,000, one-time scholarship funded by the OneBeacon Charitable Trust. Recipients will be announced in early June, with eight scholarships awarded to OneBeacon employees’ children and another eight granted to our producers’ children.

Applications Due April 15, 2014
Applications must be submitted and postmarked no later than April 15, 2014 along with a complete transcript. Please send all required materials to the following address, and refer any questions to Scholarship Management services at 507.931.1682.

OneBeacon Insurance Scholarship Program
Scholarship Management Services
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082

Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

‘Tis the Season to Give Back: Charitable Trust Holiday Contributions

For the sixth consecutive year, the OneBeacon Charitable Trust has donated more than $50,000 to nonprofits across the country, specifically in local communities where OneBeacon has a presence. The local employees identified a worthy organization where they may volunteer or offer support, or that is simply well recognized for helping a meaningful cause.

Listed below are the nonprofits we were pleased to support  this holiday season, with the sponsoring office noted in parentheses.

Additionally, the Trust is donating  $30,000 to three national nonprofits. The allocation of the funds is decided via our holiday e-card poll. If you wish to participate, simply view the card and select your choice.

We wish you all a joyous holiday season!

  • Annapolis Area Ministries Inc. (Annapolis)
  • Cavalry Children’s Home (Atlanta)
  • Pine Street Inn (Boston)
  • Food Bank of Western New York (Buffalo)
  • The Greater Boston Food Bank (Canton, Quincy, Needham, MA)
  • Canton Area Helpline (Canton)
  • Boys  Hope Girls Hope of IL  (Chicago)
  • Food Bank of the Rockies (Denver)
  • Food Share (Farmington, CT)
  • St. Jude’s Research Hospital (Los Angeles)
  • Dorothy Day Center (Catholic Charities of St. Paul & Minneapolis) (Minnetonka, MN)
  • Sharing and Caring Hands (Minnetonka)
  • Interfaith Food Pantry (Morristown, NJ)
  • Holy Trinity Parish Food (New York City)
  • RFK Center for Justice & Humanity (New York City)
  • American Cancer Society (New York City)
  • Harvesters (Overland Park, KS)
  • SW Virginia Second Harvest Food Bank (Salem, VA)
  • ThriveWell Cancer Foundation (San Antonio)
  • San Francisco Food Bank (San Francisco)
  • Seattle Children’s Hospital (Seattle)

IMU Participates in IICF’s Week of Giving Event

Employees from International Marine Underwriters’ Boston office recently participated in the Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation’s (IICF) “Week of Giving” event, which gathers insurance industry volunteers to provide service to neighborhood & community nonprofits throughout the week.

As part of their volunteerism efforts, the group read stories to students of St. John School, which is located in the historic North End district of Boston, Mass. Their participation gained local press coverage in the North End Waterfront, which you can read here.

Pictured is IMU’s Meredith Atwood, engaging students in what looks to be a riveting story time!

IMU’s Meredith Atwood engages students in what looks to be a riveting story time!

OneBeacon for One Fund

In response to the recent Boston Marathon bombings, Boston Mayor Tom Menino and Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick established The One Fund to collect donations for the families and businesses directly impacted by this tragedy. Their goal was simple – by very quickly creating this entity, the community could focus all contributions to a single organization. In fact, that’s why the name “The One Fund” was selected.

Like many groups in Greater Boston, the local OneBeacon teams decided to organize a fund raiser to support The One Fund. A raffle featuring over 20 themed baskets donated by various departments was held in our Canton, Mass. office on May 1st and raised close to $6,000. This generous contribution was augmented by donations from employees across the company and enhanced by a nice contribution from the OneBeacon Charitable Trust. Overall, the OneBeacon community was able to donate $35,000 to The One Fund.

To date, The One Fund has collected over $34 million, which is an incredible testament to the generosity of Greater Boston and beyond. We are proud to be among this group, coming together to support One Fund.

Keep Boston in Your Thoughts

No matter where you were yesterday afternoon, in a heartbeat, we all became Bostonians. The irony of tragedy at the finish line of an event that is all about endurance and the strength of the human spirit is lost on none of us. For us at OneBeacon, the shock was a little closer to home as we trace our origins to Boston, and our namesake Beacon Street is one of the avenues hosting the annual Patriot’s Day race.

Fortunately, everyone from the OneBeacon community is safe, but we are all greatly saddened by such an inexplicable event. Please join us in keeping the families of those affected in your thoughts and prayers, and helping Boston through this most difficult of times.