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Memo to our Customers and Community / COVID-19

26 March 2020

We hope you are safe and well.

It’s been a little more than a week since our doors have been closed to the public as we do our part to protect our employee-owners, our customers and our communities. Still, and as always, if you have questions, or need assistance with your insurance policy, we are here to help.

Our team is available Monday through Friday, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Many of us are working remotely, so please keep in mind that your caller ID may show a number different than the usual Allen numbers you are used to seeing.

We have always believed that the best insurance service comes from a personal conversation, because what is true for one individual or business may not be true for another. This is why we are looking forward to talking with you to review coverage, offer advice and assist with claims matters. Regarding payments, many of our carrier partners have revised their standards for payment and billing flexibility.

We are here to help.

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24 March 2020

As more of our employees work remotely, you may find that some return calls will come from different numbers, or numbers you may not recognize, at least initially. As always, our friendly switchboard personnel are here to answer your calls on our main phone number – and we are able to forward calls quickly to our remote employees. Still, we wanted to let you know your caller ID may not say Allen Agency like it always used to. We’re here to help!

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18 March 2020

At Allen Insurance and Financial, we continue to make the safety and health of our employees and community our number one priority. To that end, as we continue to monitor the information and guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as from local and state public health authorities, we would like to let our customers know that effective immediately, and until further notice, we are not accepting walk-in or in-person appointments at our offices.

Your financial advisor, insurance agent or account manager remains available during our regular business hours, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., by phone and email and our website. For assistance, or to make a payment, please call (207) 236-4311 or (800) 439-4311 or email your Allen Insurance representative. We are here to help.

Additional information:
AllenIF.com/contact
AllenIF.com/claims
AllenIF.com/locations
AllenIF.com/team

 

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13 March 2020

As we continue to monitor the information and guidance provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as from local and state public health authorities, we would like to let the community know that at this time, we plan to stay open and available in person. Our office hours are Monday through Friday, 9  a.m. to 3  p.m.

If you would prefer to conduct business over the phone or by email, we understand. Please call us at 207-236-4311 or 800-439-4311 or email your Allen insurance representative.

Ask Allen. We are here to help.

Additional information:
AllenIF.com/claims
AllenIF.com/locations
AllenIF.com/team

We will update this page as needed.

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Chemo Caps for Kids Program Receives Strong Support from Midcoast Community

Kim Edgar

Kim Edgar

Allen Insurance and Financial is pleased to announce its continued support for the Chemo Caps for Kids initiative sponsored by Commonwealth Cares Fund Inc., the 501(c)(3) charity founded by Allen’s Registered Investment Adviser–broker/dealer, Commonwealth Financial Network®. Chemo Caps for Kids provides hand-knit and crocheted hats to children undergoing cancer treatment.

“We’ve donated more than 5,000 hats to hospitals across the United States through our Chemo Caps for Kids program,” said Commonwealth CEO Wayne Bloom. “What started as a homegrown effort to help bring smiles to a few kids’ faces has grown into a community-wide project that is making an even greater impact. Our knitters and crocheters now include employees, advisors, family of staff and advisors, and friends of friends who are all using their talents to help kids who are in treatment.”

For five years, Allen Insurance and Financial has been participating in the creation of these caps and invites the community to join the effort. Kimberly Edgar of Allen’s Camden office is coordinating the program locally.

“We are grateful to Cashmere Goat in Camden, Maine Alpaca Experience in Northport, Unity and Ellsworth and Heavenly Socks Yarns in Belfast for their help with publicity to their customers,” said Edgar, noting that a large of Midcoast knitters, all pretty much anonymous, have dedicated  serious time and creativity to this cause.

Anyone interested in donating yarn or knitting time to this project can call Edgar at 230-5831.

Some of hats from Maine have been distributed to hospitals in New England as well as to places such as Phoenix Children’s Hospital and the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago.

Commonwealth Cares provides contributions of time, talent, and financial support to a wide range of philanthropic efforts aimed at relieving human suffering, promoting social and economic growth, and sustaining and protecting our planet’s resources. All operating and administrative expenses for Commonwealth Cares are borne by Commonwealth. One hundred percent of every dollar contributed goes directly to those in need.

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MOFGA Receives Grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Allen Insurance and Financial

The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA) recently received a $5,000 grant from Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation and Allen Insurance and Financial to increase access to and affordability of healthy, nutritious food for low income families. MOGFA has a longstanding commitment to help all Maine people acquire local, organic foods regardless of geography or income. Pictured in the photo, left to right, are: Bill Whitmore, Maine Market Vice President, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care; Sarah Alexander, Executive Director, Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association; and Dan Wyman, JD, Insured Benefits Manager, Allen Insurance and Financial.Harvard Pilgrim Health Care and Allen Insurance and Financial donation to MOFGA

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Supporting Waldo Community Action Partners

Allen Insurance and Financial has helped Waldo Community Action Partners kick off a fundraising drive to replace the commercial kitchen stove used by the WCAP Head Start program.

The stove, which has been repaired numerous times until it could be repaired no more, is used daily to prepare nutritious meals for almost 50 children and parents. Dan Bookham of Allen Insurance and Financial’s business insurance division recently presented a check to WCAP Head Start Director Jessie Francis.
WCAP Head Start serves children ages three to five, four days a week, for 128 days per year. WCAP Head Start offers part-time (four hours a day) and full-times (six hours a day) options depending on the needs of the family. Placement is based on a number of criteria; the primary one is family income. There is no fee for WCAP Head Start programs. More information is online at waldocap.org.
Head Start was created in 1964 to give preschool children a “head start” in formal education. Throughout the decades, Head Start has expanded their services to involve the whole family. Head Start supports families in give different component areas: health, nutrition, education, social services, and parent involvement.

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Supporting the Waldo County YMCA

Allen Insurance and Financial is a sponsor of the 2016 Canoe Races put on by the Waldo County YMCA. These are the 37th annual St. George Canoe Race, which was March 26 and the 43rd annual Passagassawakeag River Race, set for Saturday, April 2.
In this photo, Allen Insurance and Financial’s Karen Reed, center, poses with Dale Cross and Karen Varney of the Waldo County YMCA.
Waldo County Y Donation 2016

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Knitting for a Cause

Paula Caputo and Abe Dugal.

Paula Caputo and Abe Dugal.


Allen Insurance and Financial recently delivered dozens of hats and skeins of yarn to the Chemo Caps for Kids program run by the Commonwealth Financial Network.
In addition, hats knitted by local people were delivered last week to the Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing in Lewiston. Kimberly Edgar of Allen’s Camden office is coordinating the program locally.
“We are grateful to Over the Rainbow in Rockland for yarn and hat donations and to Cashmere Goat in Camden for their help with publicity to their customers,” said Edgar, noting that a large of Midcoast knitters, all pretty much anonymous, have dedicated  serious time and creativity to this cause.
Anyone interested in donating yarn or knitting time to this project can call Kimberly Edgar at 230-5831.
 

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A Founding Member of Maine Employers for Safety & Health Excellence

Edwin Morong, executive director of Maine Employers for Safety & Health Excellence, stopped by our office in Camden Monday, March 9 to present us with a certificate of appreciation in recognition of Allen Insurance and Financial’s role as one of the first Maine businesses to support the founding of the organization. Mike Dufour, our executive vice president (at right), accepted the certificate. Online at meshementor.org
 

Edwin Morong, Left, and MIke Dufour.

Edwin Morong, executive director of Maine Employers for Safety & Health Excellence, stopped by our office in Camden Monday to present us with a certificate of appreciation in recognition of Allen Insurance and Financial’s role as one of the first Maine businesses to support the founding of the organization. Mike Dufour, our executive vice president (at right), accepted the certificate.


 

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Supporting Waldo CAP

Allen Insurance and Financial is a partner in both business and the community with a number of its clients. Recently, Dan Bookham, business development director at Allen Insurance and Financial delivered a donation to WCAP in support of its mission “to create opportunities for people to improve their quality of life.” Accepting the donation from Bookham is (at right) Arlin Larson, board member and chairman of the development committee at WCAP.
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Supporting the Rockland Harbor YMCA

The Penobscot Bay YMCA has received a donation from Allen Insurance and Financial for the Rockland Harbor YMCA, a branch of the Penobscot Bay YMCA.

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From left: Dan Bookham, Director of Business Development at Allen Insurance and Financial and a Penobscot Bay YMCA Board Member, Michael Pierce, President of Allen Insurance and Financial, Troy Curtis, Penobscot Bay YMCA Executive Director and Leslie Eaton, Penobscot Bay YMCA Board President.


“We are very pleased to help the Y expand its reach,” said Michael Pierce, President of Allen Insurance and Financial. “We know our employees in Rockland are among the many people in the Rockland area who are happy to have access to the Y’s activities closer to where they live and work.”
The Rockland Harbor YMCA is scheduled to open in November and will have approximately 8,000 square feet of space in what was formerly occupied by Amalfi Restaurant at 12 Water St.  Services will include a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor and outdoor exercise studios and a childcare center to serve families with infants through preschoolers (with space for 38 children). Popular programs such as Group Power, Group Active, Senior Strength, TRX, among others, will be offered.
In addition, more than 25 pieces of fitness equipment overlooking Rockland Harbor will be available for members to use at their convenience. While a Y membership or day fee will be required to use the facility, that same membership will provide an individual access to both the new Rockland Branch and the existing Rockport facility and all its offerings.
“The Penobscot Bay YMCA is excited about the opportunity to meet the needs of a growing business community that needs both quality child care options and a healthy workforce,” said Troy Curtis, the Y’s executive director.  “It is partnerships with companies like Allen Insurance and Financial that are making this exciting expansion possible.”
For more information contact the Y at 235.3375 or online at penbayymca.org.
 
 

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Investing in Community: P.A.W.S Animal Adoption Center

 Pictured here, from left, are Joelle Albury, P.A.W.S. Director of Development, Karen Reed, Allen Insurance and Financial and Amie Hutchison, P.A.W.S. Executive Director.

Pictured here, from left, are Joelle Albury, P.A.W.S. Director of Development, Karen Reed, Allen Insurance and Financial and Amie Hutchison, P.A.W.S. Executive Director.


Allen Insurance and Financial has made a donation in support of the P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center’s capital campaign for the organization’s new home on John Street in Camden.
“Allen Insurance and Financial is a longtime supporter of P.A.W.S.,” commented Amie Hutchison, Executive Director of P.A.W.S.  “We are grateful for their help with our Capital Campaign.”
P.A.W.S. Animal Adoption Center provides a safe, caring environment for homeless and abandoned dogs and cats until they can be placed with loving families. P.A.W.S. serves the towns of Camden, Rockport, Lincolnville, Belfast, Northport, Searsmont, Liberty, Islesboro and Swanville. For more information about P.A.W.S. and its Forever-Home Capital Campaign visit the center at 146 Camden Street in Rockport or www.pawsadoption.org.
Allen Insurance and Financial is an personal and business insurance, employee benefits, and financial services agency  with offices in Rockland, Camden, Belfast and Southwest Harbor. In 2014, the company is proudly celebrating 25 years of employee ownership.