Marsh & McLennan Agency Colleagues Give Back: 2018 Grant Recipient Volunteer Events

Posted by Lauren Brown, Communications & Events Specialist on September 10, 2018 at 10:30 AM

Each year, the Barney & Barney Foundation raises funds for local nonprofits through three signature events: Rock the Foundation, Orange County Golf Classic, and Bay Area Golf Classic. This year, colleagues participated in volunteer opportunities with Rob Machado Foundation and Casa de Amparo in San Diego, Orangewood Foundation and Ronald McDonald House in Orange County, and Shelter Inc. in the Bay Area, and gained a greater understanding of how to better serve the communities around us.

Here’s a recap of the events:


Rob MachadoRob Machado Foundation

The Rob Machado Foundation (RMF) was founded in 2004 upon the fundamental belief that our planet needs to be taken care of, and there’s no better place to start than with the children in our local communities.  What started out as an introduction to gardening programs connecting children to the land they live on and the food they eat has evolved into a water filling station program across schools and public places to deliver clean, filtered water   and encourage reusable bottles over single-use containers. 

I love how the Barney & Barney Foundation gives us the opportunity to connect with civic minded organizations like The Rob Machado Foundation.  Helping to clean up the beach with Rob, who puts his time and money where his heart is and really makes a difference in our community, was awesome.  – Hal Dunning, President, COO & CFO

When you see the people cleaning up trash, you typically don’t see smiles. Not when you throw MMA in that equation! Not only did we feel like we were making an impact in our community, but it also gave us some quality time with our fellow colleagues. I was able to leave this volunteer event happy and humbled. While one trash cleanup may not have made a significant impact on the overall waste issues in the ocean, it does get everyone thinking of the larger impact, which hopefully trickles down to each of our friends, families, and colleagues. – Brendon Bock, Client Executive


Casa De AmparoCasa De Amparo

Established in 1978, Casa de Amparo is recognized as a leading organization in the treatment and prevention of child abuse in San Diego County.  With locations in Oceanside and San Marcos, Casa de Amparo offers many services and programs for children and families from birth to age 25.  These programs focus on therapeutic services, family support, education, and residential care.

Volunteers assisted with a variety of projects, including replacing and spreading mulch around the campus, organizing the donation in-kind room, and cleaning family visitation areas.

As a mother, I couldn’t pass up the volunteer opportunity for this wonderful organization geared towards treating and preventing child abuse in San Diego. Spreading mulch wasn’t an easy task, but I thought by helping with the most labor intensive job that I would be helping them in a big way! I was so touched by this experience that I plan to help this organization out as much as I can in the future. – Drisana Wallace, Client Manager, Business Insurance Division

Sometimes we take for granted the simple comforts we have at home. I started thinking about how incredibly displaced a child must feel when they are completely removed from their home. I also thought about the older kids starting out on their own after aging out of the foster care system. It’s been almost thirty years since I was introduced to Casa de Amparo through another volunteering opportunity. I was so moved by that experience that I have been following their work for years and jumped at the opportunity to volunteer for them this year. Debbie Chelberg, HR Director


OrangewoodOrangewood Foundation

Orangewood Foundation provides health assistance, housing, life skill development, and education to needy foster children and continues to support them after they have outgrown the foster care system. Orangewood Foundation understands that each foster child needs direct, one-on –one support to learn their strengths, and abilities. Their goal is to empower children and build their confidence as they take the skills they learn at Orangewood into the real world.

I knew very little about Orangewood until I had the privilege of helping other MMA Volunteers cook for the young adults who do not have the fortune of a home cooked meal.  In speaking to some of the young adults, they do appreciate us “strangers” coming into their world to help them and be a friend, even if it’s for few hours to hear them speak and hear about their life experiences and what the Orangewood Foundation does for them by providing a safe environment where they can receive help with life’s challenges). Sandy Davenport, Client Administrator, NuWest


Ronald McDonaldRonald McDonald House

The Ronald McDonald House is a place of comfort and a sense of “home” for families while their seriously ill children receive care in Orange County hospitals. In last year alone, over 803 families stayed in the Orange County house. We are proud to partner with the Ronald McDonald House to help build a strong community of compassion and support.

The RMH House provides comfort, care, and support for families with critically ill or injured children who are receiving treatment in nearby hospitals. With starting to volunteer with this charity in college, to now giving back and recognizing them as a grant recipient at work, I could not be more honored. Kristen Busk, Benefit Analyst, Employee Health & Benefits Division


Shelter IncShelter Inc.

Founded in 1986 to alleviate the homeless crisis in Contra Costa County, Shelter Inc. provides rental assistance to families along with employment and educational counseling, so that individuals can develop the fundamental skills necessary to regain self-sufficiency. 

Bay Area colleagues volunteered at one of Shelter, Inc.’s family homes by spending time with the residents, preparing and serving lunch, and beautifying the shelter.


To learn more about the Barney & Barney Foundation and our community fundraising events, visit

Topics: Community Outreach, Inside MMA

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