Arbella Celebrates 2011 Corporate Giving Initiatives

Arbella Insurance Group Employees and Charitable Foundation Committed to Making a Positive Impact in Communities Throughout New England.

QUINCY, Mass., January 31, 2012 The Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation (“Arbella”) is proud to announce the donation of $2.13 million and 2,266 employee volunteer hours in 2011 to not-for-profit organizations throughout New England.

This year, Arbella employees took the company’s mission of corporate citizenship to heart by volunteering, organizing and contributing to a variety of different causes. Whether they were organizing donation drives for tornado victims, participating in fundraising events such as the Walk for Hunger or donating their time at agencies such as Cradles to Crayons, Arbella employees are as dedicated as the Foundation to supporting organizations that work hard on the behalf of others.

“The need for corporate support is greater than ever,” said John Donohue, chairman, president and CEO of the Arbella Insurance Group and chairman and president of the Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation. “Many families in New England continue to struggle with hunger, homelessness, natural disasters or cancer, and many important cultural and educational institutions need strong partners for advancing their missions. Our employees and the Foundation are pleased to play a role in supporting these varied needs in the communities where we live and do business. We’re proud of our efforts, our commitment and our teamwork in all the charitable areas we support.”

Highlights of Arbella’s 2011 charitable giving initiatives include the following:

•    Tornado/Disaster Relief: In June 2011, several communities in Massachusetts, including the city of Springfield, were devastated by a series of tornados. In response, Arbella employees organized a donation drive for those affected by the tornado, while members of the company’s claim departments organized a raffle which raised $15,500 for the local Red Cross. In addition, Arbella provided financial support to local relief organizations including the Pioneer Valley Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

•    Veterans Causes: Arbella has supported the New England Shelter for Homeless Veterans for four years as the gold sponsor of the Leave No One Behind event. In addition, in 2011 Arbella supported several other organizations dedicated to assisting veterans, including Father Bill’s and MainSprings’ housing for veterans at the Brockton residences as well as Cell Phones for Soldiers.

•    Partnership with State Education: This year, Arbella broadened its partnership with the University of Massachusetts Amherst by creating a five-year, $5,000 annual scholarship (based on community service) with the Isenberg School of Management. Arbella also continued attacking the problem of multitasking at the wheel with its groundbreaking Distractology 101 campaign, an educational program for new drivers developed in partnership with UMASS and Arbella-funded research at UMASS.

•    Homelessness and Hunger: These issues have always been important to Arbella, and 2011 was no different. Arbella initiated a four-year, $1 million grant to Project Bread in support of its Healthy School Food for Kids Initiative. The grant will help fund healthy menu development and lunchroom choices, culinary training in school cafeterias, nutritional education for students and families and effective healthy food presentation. More than 300 Arbella employees participated in the annual Walk for Hunger, raising $37,200 (a 35 percent increase from 2010), and the Foundation donated $50,000 for a total Walk for Hunger contribution of $87,200. Ninety-five of Arbella’s independent agents participated in the Winter 2010-2011 Let’s Drive Out Hunger effort, raising a total of $75,000 (including Foundation contributions). Employees of Arbella-owned Bearingstar insurance participated in a collection drive to raise funds for local food pantries; in combination with Foundation donations the contributions to The Connecticut Food Bank and Foodshare totaled $4,800. Arbella also made donations to the South Shore Habitat for Humanity and the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance, and employees volunteered their time serving lunch at Father Bill’s & Mainspring residences in Quincy and Brockton.

•    Medical Research, Treatment and Awareness: Arbella continues to support cancer research and treatment, most notably with the company-wide Pink Day, an annual fundraising event designed to raise breast cancer awareness. As a result of Pink Day efforts, Arbella employees and the Foundation donated more than $20,000 to Dana-Farber’s Mammography Van, a mobile program that provides screening mammograms and breast health education to women 40 years of age and older, regardless of ability to pay. In 2011, Arbella also continued its strong support of the WEEI/NESN Jimmy Fund Radio-Telethon, the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge Gala and Daffodil Days and Journey Forward, which strives to better the lives of those with spinal cord injuries.

•    Support for Low-Income Families: Arbella employees donated time and money to Cradles to Crayons, which provides clothes, shoes, books, toys and school supplies to low-income or homeless children in Massachusetts; dozens of employees volunteered time at the agency, plus employees organized several donation drives and Arbella offered financial support. Employees also supported the Interfaith Social Services food pantry by organizing donation drives and volunteering. Arbella, in turn, served as the presenting sponsor (four years running) for the Interfaith agency’s Feed the Hungry Gala. Other agencies receiving financial support included several YMCAs and the SMILES mentoring program, which places adult volunteer mentors in the lives of at-risk children.  

•    Cultural and Educational Causes: Arbella continued its support of the Boston Harbor Island Alliance, serving once again as a sponsor of the group’s annual Gala on Georges Island. Other cultural organizations receiving Arbella support include the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Cape Cod Conservancy of Music and Arts, Save the Harbor – Save the Bay and the Commonwealth Museum.

About the Arbella Insurance Group and the Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation
Established in 1988, the Arbella Insurance Group is a company with more than $600M in revenue with approximately $1B in assets, headquartered in Quincy, Massachusetts. Arbella is a customer-focused regional property and casualty insurance company, providing personal and business insurance products including car insurance, home insurance, and umbrella insurance in Massachusetts and Connecticut, and business insurance in Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Arbella Insurance Group founded the Arbella Insurance Group Charitable Foundation in 2004. The mission of the Foundation is to engage in activities and to support not-for-profit organizations that have a significant positive impact on the people and communities served by Arbella.

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For more information:

Amy McHugh
Greenough Communications
617.275.6512 or 617.981.2236 (mobile)

Stacey Mann
Greenough Communications
617.275.6523 or 617.699.4853 (mobile)