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Local Hero Saluted For Outstanding Community Service

Safeco Corporation Honors Each with $15,000

SEATTLE, Wash. Jan. 12, 2009 — Safeco Insurance, a member of Liberty Mutual Group, today announced a local recipient of its annual Community Hero Awards. Thirty individuals from across the country have been selected to receive this award and today, Safeco honored and recognized Sheila Aliber of Needham, Mass. for her extraordinary dedication to helping others and inspiring change within her community.

Nominated by Safeco agent Susan Donnell, of Eastern Insurance Group, for her tireless commitment to strengthening and enriching her community, Aliber was presented with a $15,000 check for the non-profit organization at which she volunteers: Rosie’s Place in Boston.

“Safeco is pleased to join our agents in acknowledging and celebrating the contributions of the heroes in their home towns,” said Mark Dederer of the Safeco Insurance Foundation.

Aliber is a 22-year volunteer at Rosie’s Place, a sanctuary for poor and homeless women and their children in Boston’s South End. In 1997, Aliber launched “Childworks,” a program geared towards children, which includes weekly arts and crafts, as well as special activities during school vacation weeks at Rosie’s Place. In addition, Aliber has been catering Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter meals for Rosie’s Place’s permanent housing residents for more than a dozen years.

Donnell, of Framingham, Mass., is a marketing executive at Eastern Insurance Group in Natick, and former neighbor of Aliber’s. “Sheila’s commitment has not only affected the lives of women and children, it has also had a long lasting impact on programs and services offered at Rosie’s Place,” Donnell wrote in a nomination letter to Safeco.

“Safeco agents around the country work with so many outstanding citizens. We are proud to be honoring this year's Community Hero Award recipients and hope our small contribution to their causes enables them to continue making a difference in the communities they serve," adds Danielle Clark of Safeco’s Community Relations department.

About the Safeco Community Hero Awards
A total of $500,000 will be awarded this month through Safeco’s Community Hero Awards, an initiative of the Safeco Agent Giving Program supporting the civic engagement of Safeco agents. Safeco's Community Hero Awards, in addition to other Safeco Corporation and Safeco Foundation gifts, contributed a total of $8.3 million to towns and cities across the country in 2007.

About Safeco
In business since 1923 and based in Seattle, Washington, Safeco sells insurance to drivers and homeowners through a network of independent agents and brokers in eight regions throughout the United States. Safeco is part of Liberty Mutual Agency Markets, a business unit of Liberty Mutual Group, consisting of property and casualty and specialty insurance carriers that distribute their products and services primarily through independent agents and brokers.

About Eastern Insurance Group
Founded in 1935 and headquartered in Natick, Mass. Eastern Insurance Group LLC is one of the largest insurance agencies in the nation, serving more than 70,000 individuals and businesses. Eastern Insurance provides a full range of personal and commercial insurance products, and employee benefits services including group health and life insurance, disability insurance, and 401(k) planning. A subsidiary of Eastern Bank, Eastern Insurance has 27 offices located throughout New England from New Hampshire to Rhode Island.

About Rosie’s Place
Since 1974, women have found an oasis of hope and nourishment at Rosie’s Place. Rosie’s Place provides a safe and nurturing environment that helps poor and homeless women maintain their dignity, seek opportunity and find security in their lives. Rosie’s Place has evolved from providing meals and shelter to creating permanent solutions through advocacy, education and affordable housing. Rosie’s Place relies solely on the generous support of individuals, foundations and corporations and does not accept any city, state or federal funding.