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Super Bowl LIV: “Battle of the Offices”

Super Bowl LIV: the San Francisco 49ers vs. the Kansas City Chiefs was a very special game for us here at California Casualty. Not only was it the biggest football game of the year, but it was also the most important to our offices

battle of the offices

As you might know, our headquarters are in San Mateo (SMO), California, 30 minutes outside of San Francisco; however, we also have a service center located in Kansas City (KSC).

So, in honor of both of our favorite teams facing off against each other, we decided to come together and do the same. As a company, we created our own in-office Super Bowl named, “Super Bowl LIV: Battle of the Offices.”

The Battle of the Offices may not have been as aggressive as the big game, but it was every bit as intense, as the offices battled against each other to raise money for local charities. CalCas employees in each office put money down on their Super Bowl favorite, knowing all proceeds would go to a charity in the hometown of the winner.

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To encourage participation, a CalCas executive in each office agreed to match each donation up to the first $100, but thanks to our amazing employees ‒ and the raffle of a Patrick Mahomes jersey ‒ donations started pouring in and those numbers were quickly bypassed!

Kansas City Cheifs MemeTo keep track of who was in the lead, daily emails were sent to employees, along with some “friendly” trash-talking, of course. As the week went on and anticipation for the Super Bowl grew larger, so did the Battle of the Offices. Remote employees and field marketing managers living in different states even started sending in their donations to join in on the fun.

The offices were neck and neck all the way up until the end, much like the last half of the Super Bowl, but in this battle, California ultimately came out ahead.

The final tally was SMO: $640 – KSC: $623. Making the grand total = $1,263.

However, bragging rights is the only thing SMO will have to show for their victory, because the Kansas City Chiefs won Super Bowl LIV in a come-from-behind victory against the San Francisco 49ers! Meaning all proceeds raised from the Battle of the Offices will go to the Sunflower House, a non-profit children’s advocacy and abuse prevention center in the Kansas City metro area.

Thank you to both offices for all of the hard work you put in to make the Battle of the Offices a success, and congratulations to the Kansas City Chiefs ‒ your Super Bowl LIV Champions!

 

TAKEAWAY: To see what other fun activities California Casualty’s employees enjoy, follow us on Facebook, Instagram or Pinterest and visit our blog at MyCalCas.com.

 

Nebraska School Wins School Lounge Makeover

School Lounge Makeover Winner

School Lounge Makeover winner Mary Gregoski (center) with NSEA  Representative Jen Dubas  and California Casualty’s Stephanie Whitmore enjoying the new Palmer School lounge

Palmer, NE, December 12, 2019 – The staff at Palmer Public School in Nebraska will now have a quiet place to relax and recharge during the school day, thanks to a $7,500 School Lounge Makeover® from California Casualty. The new lounge was unveiled on Tuesday.

“We are very appreciative of California Casualty for providing this for us,” said Palmer Schools’ Superintendent, Dr. Joel Bohlken. “This will make a big difference because we really didn’t have a place for our staff to go for a moment to unwind and relax before heading back to the classroom,” he added.

Palmer English teacher and school librarian, Mary Gregoski, submitted the winning entry for the makeover. “This means we will now have a place of our own to get a short break before we return to the teaching environment. We are just so grateful that California Casualty thinks about educators,” she said.

The new staff lounge at Palmer School features a TV, two massage chairs, soothing “bubble water wall art,” coffee station, new tables, a refrigerator, and colorful paint and accessories. EON Office designers maximized the area for comfort.

The $7,500 School Lounge Makeover giveaway was created to provide educators a more conducive environment to take a break, share time, and revitalize during their long days at school. This is the 13th School Lounge Makeover provided by California Casualty since the program began in 2011.

“We’ve seen the dedication of administrators, teachers, and staff firsthand and we’re proud to show our appreciation,” added California Casualty Sr. Vice President, Mike McCormick.

California Casualty has other giving programs that benefit public schools and educators, including:

Learn more about California Casualty and its giving programs at www.calcas.com/newsroom.

Founded in 1914, California Casualty provides auto and home insurance to educators, law enforcement officers, firefighters and nurses across the country. Headquartered in San Mateo, California, with service centers in Arizona, Colorado, and Kansas, California Casualty has been led by four generations of the Brown family. More information about California Casualty can be found at www.calcas.com  

45 Educators Chosen for 2020 California Casualty  Award for Teaching Excellence

45 Educators Chosen for 2020 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence

California Casualty is proud to join the NEA Foundation in congratulating the recipients of one of public education’s most prestigious awards: the 2020 California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence. See the entire list at https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/awards-for-teaching-excellence/california-casualty-awardees/.

San Mateo, CA, December 11, 2019 California Casualty congratulates the 45 public school educators named 2020 California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence recipients.

The awards highlight educators from around the country cited by their peers for their dedication to the profession, community engagement, professional development, attention to diversity and advocacy for fellow educators.

“This year’s awardees are fulfilling the promise of public education in the classrooms, schools, and communities from coast to coast,” said Sara A. Sneed, President, and CEO, the NEA Foundation. “Each awardee has met a very high standard, and together, they are celebrated for a shared commitment to educational excellence, innovative approaches to student learning, and support for their peers. We are grateful to California Casualty for its recognition and celebration of the very best in education, and we look forward to honoring the 2020 California Casualty Awards for Teaching Excellence awardees.”

“We are proud to honor these exceptional educators and show our appreciation for their incredible work,” said Beau Brown, Chairman of the California Casualty Board. “The California Casualty awardees exemplify educators’ ability to be a positive force in their student’s lives.”

Each California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence awardee’s school will receive a $150 stipend from California Casualty to purchase items to enhance classrooms. The awardees will also participate in the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala, held February 7, 2020 in Washington, D.C. The gala will be live-streamed at neafoundation.org.

The NEA Foundation and the National Education Association jointly present the awards.

More information about the awards and the individual winners is at https://www.neafoundation.org/for-educators/awards-for-teaching-excellence/california-casualty-awardees/.

 

ABOUT THE NEA FOUNDATION:

The NEA Foundation is a public charity founded by educators for educators to improve public education for all students. Since our beginning in 1969, the Foundation has served as a laboratory of learning, offering funding and other resources to public school educators, their schools, and districts to solve complex teaching and learning challenges. We elevate and share educator solutions to ensure greater reach and impact on student learning. We believe that when educators unleash their own power, ideas, and voices, communities, schools, and students all benefit. Visit neafoundation.org for more information.

ABOUT CALIFORNIA CASUALTY:

California Casualty has been serving the insurance needs of educators since 1951, and is the only auto and home insurance company to earn the trust and endorsement of the NEA. As a result, NEA members qualify for exceptional rates, deductibles waived for vandalism or collisions to your vehicle parked at school, holiday or summer skip payment plans and free Identity Defense protection – exclusive benefits not available to the general public. Learn how to save by getting a quote at www.calcas.com/NEA, or by calling 1.800.800.9410.

 

We’ve Got The Heart To Help, And Love Giving Back

Working with you at schools, higher ed campuses, law enforcement offices, fire stations and hospitals provides us many opportunities to give back. Staff members at our Service Centers, Home Office and our Partner Relations team live in your communities, and we all pitch in to help with various fundraisers and recognition events.

We recently celebrated the extraordinary care that nurses give to others with $1,000 Nurse’s Night Out awards that went to Ohio RN Marie C. and Oregon RN Dina D. Both are members of their respective nurses associations. With holiday shopping and travel, both nurses said the money comes at a great time.

Marie (second from left) receiving her Nurse’s Night Out award

 

Dina (center) receiving her Nurse’s Night Out award

 

Our Illinois Field Marketing Manager, Katie Dunn, was given a great honor this fall by the Illinois Firefighters Association. As a token of appreciation for all the dedication she has shown to IFA and their members’ safety, they presented Katie with a white helmet naming her an honorary fire chief of the IFA. “Katie is always there to support the IFA in its efforts to make the fire service better for the men and women who wear the uniform,” remarked Terry Ford, VP of the IFA. “Her tireless energy, dedication and willingness to help with IFA programs and events demonstrate her caring for our members.”

Alina with Louis Manzione, President of the Independent College Fund of New Jersey

Another prestigious honor was given to Accounts Relations Manager Alina Fayerman. Alina works incredibly hard for the New Jersey groups that California Casualty serves and was named this fall to the Board of Trustees of the Independent College Fund of New Jersey. Alina, who received a scholarship from the fund when she attended Drew University, will actively give back by helping with marketing expertise and support for the state’s independent colleges and universities.

California Casualty employees also participated in charity events, giving back to their communities. One was the very moving “Out of the Darkness” walk to prevent suicide. California Casualty Senior Field Marketing Manager, Sherry Hanacek, joined hundreds of people on a drizzly, cold September morning. She was supporting past president of the Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association Dave Butler and his wife, Anita, who suffered the loss of their son. Dave organized the walk, which raised more than $20,000 for the cause.

At our Colorado Springs Service Center, the November fundraiser was for Silver Key Senior Services. Every day can be difficult for elderly shut-ins, but the holidays can be especially tough.  Hundreds of pounds of food, kitchen necessities, and personal care items (enough to fill a pickup truck) were collected and donated to help seniors in need. The donations will supplement Silver Key’s food pantry and home-delivered meals program.

And through our many visits to schools across the nation, we created a new Music and Arts Grant program to aid creativity in schools, such as choir, band, dance, film, theater, computer arts and graphics, or any K-12 curriculum that employs art for learning. After we reviewed nearly a thousand applications, 139 public schools in 31 states received a total of $34,000 to help provide music, instruments, and art and performance necessities. Some of those included:

  • Purchasing special adaptive instruments for the Special Education Center at Mark Twain School in Garden Grove, CA, that serves special needs and medically fragile students
  • Supplying watercolor sets for third-grade students at Homer Davis Elementary School in Tucson, AZ
  • Reestablishing the art program to third graders at Arcadia Elementary School in Deer Park, WA
  • Providing adaptive instruments and technology to expand the music therapy program for students at the ACES Village School in North Haven, CT
  • Buying an additional camera to allow more students to participate in the photography program at Filer High School in Filer, ID

The entire list of Music and Arts grantees can be found at www.calcas.com/-/2019-music-and-arts-grant-recipients.

Public K-12 schools needing funding for an arts or performance program can apply for the 2020 Music and Arts Grant from California Casualty at www.calcasmusicartsgrant.com.

TAKEAWAY: Follow the many ways California Casualty celebrates all that you do at our Facebook page, www.facebook.com/CaliforniaCasualty.

 

 

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Ways To Protect Your ID When Shopping Online

Ways To Protect Your ID When Shopping Online

Many of us will be using smartphones and laptops for our holiday shopping. While it may be more convenient than a drive to the mall, going online presents dangers to your credit and personal data. Cyber-crooks are lurking, just waiting for a slip-up to steal your identity and get into your bank and credit card accounts. As you tap in and surf for deals, be cautious about where you go and the information you give others. It’s estimated that one-in-five Americans have been a victim of identity theft, and 43% of those had their identity stolen while shopping online during the holidays.

Be Secure

It’s more important than ever that you protect your personal information. Here are some important internet shopping safety tips to remember:

    • Don’t open suspicious or unsolicited emails that can often take you to dangerous sites
    • Shop with familiar companies, looking for the secure “https” in the URL (“S” indicating it is a secure site), and beware of copycat sites with slight misspellings
    • Use strong, unique passwords for online accounts
    • Avoid using debit cards and pay with a credit card for online shopping (credit cards offer the most fraud protection)
    • Refrain from shopping or banking while using free or public Wi-Fi
    • Be aware of fake charity, pet adoption and lonely-hearts solicitations
    • Check your credit card, bank and other accounts often for suspicious or fraudulent charges
    • Never send a gift card for payment (a trick many crooks use)

If you are planning on giving to a charity, you also need to take your time and do research to make sure your donation goes to a good cause. Scammers know that people’s good hearts make them easy targets for rip-offs. Remember to:

    • Be skeptical of email solicitations from charities you have never heard of or supported before
    • Avoid giving to any organization requesting gift cards, wiring money, or transferring funds to an overseas bank
    • Realize that many social media donation sites may not be legitimate
    • Seek out each charity’s authorized website (crooks often use sound-a-like sites and misspellings)
    • Check the legitimacy of charities through sites such as the Better Business Bureau, Charity Navigator and GuideStar

Resolution

If you suspect that you have been an ID theft victim, the Federal Trade Commission recommends:

    • Placing a freeze on your credit report (locking down your credit to anyone)
    • Placing a fraud alert (protecting your credit from unverified sources) with one of the three nationwide credit bureaus (Experian, Equifax and TransUnion)
    • Filing a complaint with the Federal Trade Commission

Find more ID theft protection information https://mycalcas.com/?s=cyber+crooks.

TAKEAWAY:

One of the many benefits that California Casualty offers with every auto and home/renters policy is free ID theft resolution services from CyberScout. Learn more at www.calcas.com/identity-theft or call 1.800.800.9410, option 3 to learn more.

 

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Free Help If You’re A Victim Of ID Theft

Free Help If You’re A Victim Of ID Theft

When you purchased a California Casualty insurance policy, you received a valuable gift – free help if you are ever a victim of identity theft.

We realize that almost every stage of your life-journey can put you at risk for ID theft. From getting married, purchasing a new home, going to the hospital or registering children for school, your personal information can be grabbed by identity thieves and fraudsters.

When your personal identity has been taken, it takes an emotional toll and can cost thousands of dollars and many hours to resolve. The sooner you react, the sooner you can start regaining your good name and re-establishing your credit.

Having a trusted company walking with you can make all the difference. That’s why California Casualty offers free ID theft resolution services from CyberScout.

CyberScout is the nation’s premier provider of identity services, providing these services (and more):

  • Tax fraud support
  • Financial identity theft
  • Utility identity theft
  • Payday loan identity theft
  • Document replacement and break-in theft support
  • Travel identity theft
  • Child identity theft

California Casualty started offering the ID theft resolution services offered by CyberScout in 2006. At that time, few companies offered this type of help to customers, and many of those who did charge a fee. California Casualty wanted to make certain that all customers would receive identity theft resolution services at no charge and to make the process as simple as possible. Customers simply call the toll-free number for California Casualty, where a Customer Service representative verifies their policy and transfers them to CyberScout. CyberScout assigns a personal fraud specialist who works with our customers until the fraud problem is resolved. That means you have unlimited one-on-one access to a dedicated fraud specialist who will assist you in understanding credit reports, gathering evidence against the fraudsters, working to limit damages, and following up to make sure the problem has been cleared up.

With insurance from California Casualty, if you or a loved one’s personal information is compromised, you can rest assured that a CyberScout fraud specialist will get in the trenches to help speed the recovery process – placing fraud alerts, contacting creditors and sticking with you as long as it takes to restore your good credit.

CyberScout has actively helped 17 million households across the world with data theft resolution and education. Their testimonials say it all:

“We are very pleased with the help received after our credit cards and ATM card were compromised. We feel more secure after our CyberScout advisor’s help and advice.”

“My fraud investigator was an angel. She answered all my questions, assisted with calls and letters to retailers, assisted with a seven-year credit freeze and followed up with all closed accounts. She is truly knowledgeable, friendly and compassionate.”

If you fear you have been a victim of identity theft or an account takeover, you can take solace that you have the expertise of CyberScout, provided by California Casualty, to help you battle the criminals and restore your peace of mind.

TAKEAWAY:

Learn more about the FREE identity theft protection from CyberScout that comes with your insurance policies from California Casualty at www.calcas.com/Identity-Theft, or contact a customer care specialist at 1.800.800.9410 option 3.

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