Recently, our Canton office’s Community Engagement team presented two donations, funded through Intact’s Charitable Trust, to their local nonprofit partner, School on Wheels of Massachusetts (SOWMA). SOWMA’s vision is for all students impacted by homelessness to have the academic, social, and emotional support necessary to achieve a bright and productive future. Every contribution and volunteer effort enables them to help build economic resilience through tutoring and mentoring programs, along with school backpacks for those in need. And ultimately, our hope is that our engagement will help SOWMA’s mission of disrupting the cycle of poverty.
Below are pictures of the Intact team helping fill backpacks and sharing a lunch with representatives from School on Wheels to learn more about how we can continue to support SOWMA in meaningful ways. You can learn more about SOWMA here.
Every year, on the third Monday of January, we reflect on the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr. who is best known for his efforts towards racial equality in the United States. As his wife, Coretta Scott King, explained, on this day we commemorate “the life and legacy of a man who brought hope and healing to America.” We commemorate the timeless values he demonstrated – the values of courage, truth, justice, compassion, dignity, humility, and service.
Here are some ways we can remember him:
In-person or online events, such as these events in Boston, where Dr. King studied, met his future wife and served as an assistant minister:
This year has special resonance in Boston because of the reveal of “The Embrace” monument dedicated to King and his wife at the Boston Common on January 13. The sculpture is based on a historic photograph of the Kings in an embrace when he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
The Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast: this annual breakfast on January 16 will feature The New Yorker writer Jelani Cobb as the keynote speaker (follow the link above to stream the event).
Movies: this list of movies about King includes documentaries, civil rights movies, and miniseries.
Readings: click here to access “The Meaning of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday” by Coretta Scott King.
Speeches: this PBS article includes links to the famous “I Have a Dream” speech, the speech he made after the walk from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, as well “I’ve Been to the Mountaintop,” his final public speech.
Recently, our Anaheim office’s Community Engagement team presented their donation, funded through Intact’s Charitable Trust, to their local non-profit partner, the Orangewood Foundation. The foundation helps almost 2,000 youth annually prepare for independent adulthood in Orange County, CA.
The “Orangewood Way” recognizes that our relationship with our youth is one of collaboration and partnership. Their staff works one-on-one with youth to help them identify their own strengths, attributes, and aptitudes to empower them to overcome their challenges and reach their greatest potential. Their staff works with youth in four critical areas: health & wellness, housing, life skills & employment, and education. Every contribution enables them to reach even more youth.
Below is a picture of the Intact team with the Orangewood representative. We look forward to hearing more about their volunteer support of team Orangewood! You can learn more about the Orangewood Foundation here.
From left to right: Intact’s Steve Hepps, Carmen Uribe, Diego Zarate (the Orangewood Donation Relations Manager), Rosa Rivera, Rich Bishop, Jill Nakamoto, Joel Buffa, and David Richardson.
Over the holidays, the Intact Charitable Trust contributed donations totaling $60,000 to nonprofits across the country, specifically in local communities where Intact Insurance Specialty Solutions has a presence. Below is a list of nonprofits we were pleased to support, with the city it is located noted in the adjacent column. Local employees from our offices helped identify worthy organizations where they may volunteer or offer support, or that is simply recognized for helping a meaningful cause.
ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
New York, NY
Children’s Hospital Colorado Foundation
Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA
Contra Costa Food Bank
Covenant to Care for Children, Inc.
East Boston, MA
Emerge Mothers Academy
Family Promise of Forsyth County, Inc.
Family Promise of Morris County
Feeding Southwest Virginia
Five Acres – The Boys & Girls Aid Society of Los Angeles County
Food Bank of the Rockies
Habitat for Humanities of NYC
New York City, NY
Harvesters Community Food Network
Kansas City and Topeka, KS
Haven Ministries, Inc.
Heroes for Children
Mastery Charter Schools Foundation
Oakland County Foster Closet
Farmington Hills, MI
Salem Police Department National Child Safety Council
At Intact Insurance Specialty Solutions, the holidays are all about giving back and spreading joy. Intact’s Charitable Trust recently donated $60,000 to nonprofits important to our employees and their communities, such as the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, on behalf of our Plymouth, MN team. Our local Community Engagement program kicked off the holidays with its annual toy drive in support of Toys for Tots, which has shared toys and a sense of belonging for nearly three hundred million children over 75 years.
A special thank you to our Plymouth team for their generosity. In addition to monetary donations, they exceeded their goal and collected nearly 200 toys. We hope Christmas will be brighter for many children in the Twin Cities and wish everyone a peaceful holiday season!
Check out this video of our Minnesota colleagues, Laura Johnson, Kathryn Lindley, Billy Sullivan and family presenting the holiday gifts on local TV station, KARE11.