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Apr 2, 2021

Q1: Celebrating Virtually as a Team and Staying Connected with Our Local Communities

The first quarter of 2021 at NYCM Insurance was filled with excitement for the new year and ways to focus even closer on our corporate philanthropic efforts to our local communities. Read on to learn more about what we’ve been up to over the last few months and how we’ve been maintaining relationships during this time apart.


Celebrating 2020 Virtually as a Team

Each year we take the time to celebrate the previous year’s accomplishments and discuss plans for our future together as a team. Our annual corporate retreat is always memorable, as it is the one time each year that all four of our NYCM branch offices are able to come together as one.


While most of Team NYCM continued to work remotely, we leaned into technology and gathered virtually for our team meeting this year. Each day over the span of four days, a new video was released to our staff reviewing company highlights, successes and plans for the future. While this was not how we hoped to gather this year, Team NYCM is feeling energized and focused on the year ahead to provide exceptional service throughout our ecosystem.

When it came to reviewing NYCM and the triumphs we’ve made over the course of an unpresented year, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Cheryl Robinson, commended Team NYCM on their ability to prevail and provide exceptional service to our customers despite uncertain times, stating,  “I want to highlight each and every one of you. You've stepped up, shown incredible empathy, and genuine care for each other as well as our customers. It is because of you that we've been able to form connections and build the lasting relationships that have led to this year's successes."

Celebrating Heart Month with the American Heart Association

NYCM Insurance has been a proud supporter of the American Heart Association for nearly 30 years.  This year, America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk has gone totally virtual, and Team NYCM won’t miss a step while walking to fight against heart disease and stroke in our communities.


NYCM employees have strong ties to the American Heart Association, many having faced the effects of heart disease and stroke within their own lives and the lives of loved ones. To raise funds for the event in honor of Heart Month, NYCM hosted a clothing sale leading up to National Wear Red Day on February 4, with proceeds going toward the AHA’s 2021 efforts. 

For more details on the inspiring stories of our passionate employees, click here. America’s Greatest Heart Run and Walk will take place on Saturday, May 15th. To join Team NYCM or to donate to a great cause, click here!


Focusing on Nutrition and Wellness

For many, a new year brings new health and wellness resolutions. By consulting with our Career Development & Life Coach Amanda Loitsch, our People Development Analyst Lexi Wilcox, and our Fitness Coordinator/Trainer Karen Fagan, we were able to take a look at what it means to build a realistic, sustainable wellness routine and how to fit nutrition into our everyday lives. For more information, you can check out the full articles here and here.


NYCM Family “Braves The Shave” for St. Baldrick's Foundation 

Philanthropy extends beyond the four walls of NYCM Insurance and into our families as well. With the support of his parents, nine-year-old Drew Telesky, whose father Matt is a member of our Special Investigation Unit, committed to shaving his head in honor of those fighting childhood cancer during the March 13th Norwich St. Baldrick’s event. Drew ultimately raised over $3,500, surpassing his initial and secondary goals for the event in which NYCM was a Hero Sponsor.


In his efforts to raise money and spread awareness for the cause, Drew inspired other NYCM team members to get involved. NYCM Special Investigation Unit Vice President Jim Potts was so inspired by Drew’s ambition, he vowed to shave his head in support of Drew when he met his first fundraising goal of $2,000. That goal came and went, and Jim made good on his promise. He explained that he wanted to show Drew that the good you do does not go unnoticed. Check out this link for the full story!


Bringing Awareness to Poison Prevention Week 

Poison Prevention Week is recognized in the US during the third week in March, and this year NYCM shared tips in hopes of preventing accidental poisonings at home. For more information on how to mitigate your risk of accidental poisonings in the home, click  here. To learn about Radon and what it means to your home and the health of your family, click here.


Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day with Pathfinder Village

World Down Syndrome Day takes place annually on March 21. To recognize the day, NYCM partnered with our Edmeston, NY neighbors at Pathfinder Village, a place where those with Down syndrome and other developmental differences are able to live, discover their own talents, values, and interests while being a part of a large community. NYCM employees had the opportunity to purchase fun-colored socks in preparation to wear and get noticed for World Down Syndrome Day! In true Team NYCM fashion, employees rallied around the cause and through the sock fundraiser raised over $2,000 for Pathfinder Village!


During a typical year on March 21 (World Down Syndrome Day), NYCM would look forward to inviting several Pathfinder residents to our Edmeston campus to host Blackjack tables while raising funds and awareness. The Blackjack connection is made through the number 21 - as Down syndrome is caused by an extra or partial copy of chromosome 21. NYCM found a way to celebrate once again this year by encouraging our employees to share photos online wearing their uniquely patterned and colored socks on March 21st! To read more about NYCM Insurance’s relationship with our local Pathfinder Village, check out the link below!


As Q1 comes to an end, we’d like to thank our incredible employees who continue to work hard and better their local communities both in their personal and professional lives. We are looking forward to what the rest of 2021 may bring.