At Eastern Insurance Group, we’re committed to giving back to the communities and people we serve. Our employees go above and beyond our call to duty, having served over 2,200 volunteer hours in 2017 alone.
We support charitable initiatives all year long, but there’s something about the holidays that make people feel extra giving. If you’re looking for new ways to invest in your community this year, we’ve put together the following list of just some nonprofits and charitable organizations that we support and information on how to find organizations that support causes important to you.
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The Arc of the South Shore
The Arc of the South Shore is a nonprofit organization committed to empowering families and individuals of all ages with disabilities to reach their fullest potential. They strive to provide high-quality services that foster independence, community inclusion, and advocacy — from early intervention to personal care to residential support.
In May this year, The Eastern Insurance and Eastern Benefits teams volunteered with the organization to stain decks at two of their residential homes in Hingham and Braintree.
To get involved with The Arc of the South Shore, visit their website here.
BAMSI (Brockton Area Multi-Services, Inc.)
BAMSI is a private, non-profit human services organization providing services to adults and children with developmental disabilities, mental illness, behavioral health, and public health needs.
You can give back on #GivingTuesday by supporting the BAMSI Case Management Emergency Fund. Funds raised will help support persons served by BAMSI to assist them with utility bills, rent, medication, co-pays, and other important daily expenses people are faced with when living with HIV/AIDS. Support this specific initiative, “A Reason for Red,” by clicking here.
For more ways to donate, volunteer, or sponsor an event, visit the BAMSI website for more information.
Boston Cares is the largest volunteer agency in New England. Their goal is to make it easy to volunteer by connecting individuals, groups, and companies with Greater Boston schools and nonprofit organizations. Volunteer opportunities are available in the following areas: basic needs, youth success, adult education, culture & environment, and health & wellness.
With the support of Boston Cares, Eastern Insurance dedicated one of our annual Volunteer Days this year to making superhero capes and masks for children in the pediatric unit at UMass Memorial Medical Center.
From volunteering to donations, there are plenty of ways to get involved with Boston Cares. Visit their website for more information.
Community Servings is a not-for-profit food and nutrition program operating throughout Massachusetts. They prepare and deliver more than 9,600 meals each week to individuals and families who are homebound and living with critical/chronic illnesses. Meals are made-from-scratch and specifically tailored to meet the nutritional and medical needs of their clients, who are fighting illnesses such as HIV/AIDS, diabetes, cancer, and multiple sclerosis.
The Eastern Insurance team volunteers with Community Servings annually in their kitchens to help prepare the meals.
This Thanksgiving, you can participate in their Pie in the Sky program, which allows Community Servings to feed a client for a week with every pie purchased. Visit their website for more information.
Father Bill’s & MainSpring
Father Bill’s & MainSpring is a charitable organization with the mission to end and prevent homelessness in South Massachusetts. They work towards this goal by providing emergency and permanent housing to those in need and helping people obtain skills, jobs, housing, and services.
The Eastern Insurance team regularly volunteers with the organization by volunteering at their soup kitchen and donating winter clothing.
There are plenty of ways to help Father Bill’s & MainSpring end homelessness. Visit their website to get involved this holiday season.
Greater Boston Food Bank
Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) is the largest hunger-relief organization in New England and among the largest food banks in the country. They distribute over 50 million pounds of food annually — that’s enough to provide healthy meals for more than 500,000 people at risk of hunger.
The Eastern Insurance and Eastern Benefits teams volunteer with GBFB almost every quarter to help pack food and meals for the people served through the GBFB programs.
If you’re interested in helping hungry individuals and families this Thanksgiving, you can participate in their Holiday Meal Drive or in their Holiday E-Card Program. Every $1 donated to GBFB provides three healthy meals. Learn more about their programs on their website.
Our Neighbors’ Table
Our Neighbors’ Table is committed to establishing a community that provides for the whole person with nourishing food, kindness, and dignity. Based in Amesbury, home of the newest Eastern Insurance office, they welcome 150 guests every week to their Wednesday Meal, while their food pantry program provides groceries, fresh foods, and toiletries to more than 300 households per week.
Eastern Insurance was recently a sponsor of several successful fundraising initiatives for Our Neighbor’s Table, including the Fill ‘Em Up Fest, their Annual Breakfast, and Run Out Hunger.
For the holiday season, Our Neighbors’ Table will provide Thanksgiving and Christmas meals to over 600 families in the communities they serve. Visit their website to learn about volunteer and donation opportunities.
Partners for Youth with Disabilities
Partners for Youth with Disabilities empowers their members to reach their full potential by providing transformative mentoring programs, development opportunities, and inclusion expertise.
In May 2017, the Eastern Insurance team offered financial and volunteer support at Partners for Youth with Disabilities (PYD) warm-up event at the Everybodyfights FiDi in Boston for PYD's Annual Gala.
To learn more about their programs and how to get involved, visit their website.
Playworks New England
Playworks is a national 501(c)3 nonprofit whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by giving them more opportunities to be active and play. Their services leverage the power of play to transform children’s social and emotional health.
The Eastern Insurance team participated in their 10th Annual Corporate Kickball Tournament in June and had a blast while supporting a great cause.
Learn more about how to volunteer with Playworks on their website.
Rhode Island Community Food Bank
The Rhode Island Community Food Bank distributes food to people in need through a statewide network of 167 member agencies. These agencies include food pantries, meal sites, shelters, youth programs and senior centers. Our Providence office volunteers at the food bank to help prepare meals.
Help the Rhode Island Community Food Bank ensure that no family goes hungry this holiday season by participating in their Holiday Food Drive. You can drop off donations, organize a food drive, or make a donation to show your support. Visit their website for more information.
Rosie's Place was founded in 1974 as the first women’s shelter in the United States. Their mission is to provide a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. This year, the Eastern Insurance team helped serve meals to local women in their food kitchen.
From volunteering to catering a meal, there are plenty of ways you or your company can support Rosie’s Place. Visit their website to learn more about their programs and volunteer opportunities.
Scituate Animal Shelter of Massachusetts
Scituate Animal Shelter of Massachusetts provides shelter and placement for homeless animals, as well as community services and education. In September, members of our team volunteered at the shelter to paint, clean, and help to calm kittens that were just spayed and neutered. One of our team members is a photographer and also took high-quality photos of the animals up for adoption.
You can support the shelter and its animals by volunteering your time, helping to educate the public, or providing landscaping and building maintenance. Visit their website to learn more.
You can learn more about our Join Us For Good campaign and commitment at www.joinusforgood.com.