Funding youth programs

Boys & Girls Club of Greater Billerica organizes summer camp and afterschool programs for children, with extra attention given to those from underprivileged families. Vote for their story by commenting or sharing on social media!

James O’Connell Insurance is a small agency with only two employees, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t capable of big things. The agency has worked with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Billerica since 1997, building fundraisers to help provide children with access to summer camp and afterschool programs.

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Agency Principal James O’Connell enjoys the outdoors with Boys & Girls Club members Alya, Alyssa, Ella and Elliana.

Decades of donations

As the agency principal, James O’Connell has always thought it important to give back to the community. He was first introduced to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Billerica when attending a function, which was the first time he volunteered to help them out. He saw that they were drawing in some money with the fundraisers they had, but he knew that he could help them produce more.

O’Connell hit the ground running with golf tournaments and raffles that cranked up the amount of money these fundraisers were able to generate. When he took over as golf committee chairman in 2000, the tournaments were bringing in around $3,000. Comparatively, the latest golf tournament accumulated more than $60,000, the bulk of which was used to ensure underprivileged children were able to attend the organization’s summer camp and afterschool programs.

“My committee works very hard to make this the largest fundraiser for the club. I try to set our goal each year to be a little more than the year before.”

—James O’Connell, agency principal of James O’Connell Insurance

 

“My committee works very hard to make this the largest fundraiser for the club,” said Agency Principal James O’Connell. “I try to set our goal each year to be a little more than the year before.” James O’Connell Insurance has continued to contribute at least 25 hours each year to the Boys & Girls Club for decades. Since O’Connell became chairman, they have raised over $800,000 that was used on financial assistance for youths in need.

 

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James O’Connell helps Aviel and Sophia learn how to play air hockey at one of the tables provided by the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Billerica.

Robust programs for children

James O’Connell Insurance has dedicated their efforts to helping children because they know how much a quality childcare program can make a difference in their lives. The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Billerica aims to provide all the elements necessary for a program of this nature, balancing physical activities, social recreation, emotional development, educational opportunities and more. These goals are foundational to the involvement of James O’Connell Insurance. “I have been in business since 1982, and I’ve always believed that we should give back to our community,” said O’Connell.

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Agency principal James O’Connell supervises in the computer room, while Charlott, Leah, Adelyn and Ava learn about online safety.

“I have been in business since 1982, and I’ve always believed that we should give back to our community.”

—James O’Connell, agency principal of James O’Connell Insurance

 

The 2022 Make More Happen Award would include a donation of $5,000 from Liberty Mutual and Safeco on behalf of James O’Connell Insurance. This would greatly help to fund the all-day summer camp that runs for eight weeks each year, including the hiring and training of new staff, so that the organization can continue offering a variety of age-appropriate activities that entertain, challenge, inspire and educate children.

Help James O’Connell Insurance win $5,000 for Boys & Girls Club of Greater Billerica by cheering them on with a comment below and sharing their story to social media using the buttons to the left!

If your agency volunteers with a 501(c)3 nonprofit, learn how you can win a Make More Happen Award here.

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jackie
14 days ago

voted

Ben
15 days ago

voted

Jeni
15 days ago

Voted

christina damico
15 days ago

We love the Boys and Girls club of Greater Billerica!

Tricia
15 days ago

Pre Pandemic: “thank GOD for the Boys and Girls club, I don’t know what working parents would do without the Boys and Gitl club!”
During Pandemic: OMG, I only got through this because of the Boys and Girls Club.

Kathy Barrett Dick
16 days ago

Good luck!!

Stephanie
16 days ago

Such a wonderful organization!

Rick Shannon
16 days ago

HGreat example of giving back and helping the next generation to succeed.

Shari Shimko
17 days ago

I was involved with the Boys and Girls Club for years. I makes a difference for the kids, way to go James!

Lori Logan
17 days ago

I support any program that helps youths succeed.

Lisa Norton
17 days ago

Good luck helping the kids!

Jana Crowder
17 days ago

Keep up the great work!

Sharon Ferris
17 days ago

Billerica Boys and Girls Club is an incredible part of Billerica. We won’t post what years I was a member of their swim team.

Mary K Chesebro
17 days ago

Thank you for all you do!

Cindy Payne
17 days ago

Thank you James!!

Barb
17 days ago

Thanks for supporting the Boys and Girls Club

Mike Gallaugher
17 days ago

Keep up the great work, James. The Boys & Girls Club are an amazing organization!

Marcia Keating
17 days ago

My grandchildren enjoyed the programs.

Christine
17 days ago

Keep up the great work!

elisabeth carpenter
17 days ago

Vote!

Liz Edwards
17 days ago

Vote!

Holly Clancy
17 days ago

Voted!

Sara Leonard
17 days ago

Voted!

Janet Gionta
17 days ago

We all need to be reaching out for our communities. Thank you for all your good work

Elaine Keough
17 days ago

thank you, James O’Connell Insurance!

Garland THOMPSON
17 days ago

Vote!!

dan thompson
17 days ago

vote

Denise Weaver - Weaver & Associates Ins.
17 days ago

We love the B&G Clubs! Wonderful to hear your story!

renee
17 days ago

vote

Bob
17 days ago

Great work and best of luck –

Roy
17 days ago

Voted

Wanda
17 days ago

It is such a good feeling to see small businesses give back to their communities!

Corey Powderly
17 days ago

Great Work!!!!

Hans
17 days ago

This is wonderful!

Edie Crow
17 days ago

As a small agency myself, I know how powerful they can be! Great work!!!!

Max
17 days ago

Almost there!

Jamie
17 days ago

The best!!

Jeff Van Matre
17 days ago

Great Job James!!

Scottie
17 days ago

Best of Luck!

Jackie
17 days ago

LEt’s get this to 500! so close!

Tami
17 days ago

VOTE

Angie VanMatre
17 days ago

Amazing!

Heather Barnard
17 days ago

Inspiring! You get my vote!! Thank you for all you’re doing!

Ryan
17 days ago

Lets get to 500!

Bobby Ackroyd
17 days ago

Thank you for your years of dedication to the Club Jim!

Katie
17 days ago

Sending our support from PA. Good luck!

Danielle
17 days ago

Great work!

Kelly May
17 days ago

Vote!!

KELLY MAY
17 days ago

VOTE!

Tami
17 days ago

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