Vaccine Selfies: Beware Of What You Share

Vaccine Selfies.  They are the latest trend. It is understandable that those who have received the COVID vaccine want to celebrate. But before posting that selfie with your vaccination card, think twice.

Not only do these posts contain personal information such as name and date of birth but in posts shared on social media platforms, those celebrating their immunization sometimes also tag specific locations or include details about their employment or health conditions . All of this information can serve as prime fodder for cybercrime. Both the Federal Trade Commission and the Better Business Bureau have issued warnings to this effect.

Protect your health by getting that shot in the arm and protect your privacy by keeping the card, and the details, to yourself. 


At EPB&B It Pays To Give Back

Giving back to the community is a core value at Elliott, Powell, Baden, and Baker.  That is why, as part of the  employee benefits package, EPB&B offers each team member fifteen hours of paid time a year to volunteer in the community.  To help facilitate this, an internal philanthropy intranet page was recently implemented for employees.  

“We ask employees to suggest names of their favorite charities”, Sales Manager and
Humane Society of the Ochocos
supporter, Linda Renfrow explains, “in hopes it encourages each of us to support causes important to our team members.” 

Thanks to everyone at EPB&B for your commitment to your customers and your community.  


O’What A Day To Do Lunch

Although the team at Elliott, Powell, Baden, and Baker continues to  practice social distancing and working from home, we wanted to come together to commemorate a unique and unforgettable year.  

Today the crew packed their favorite lunch provided by EPB&B via GrubHub, donned their green garb and gathered together for a virtual St Patrick’s Day lunch hour. It was a great time spent sharing  pandemic stories, catching up on new hobbies, new pets, new babies and sharing the gratitude of more family time.  

 Although it was not the same as being together under one roof, it was nice to take a moment to celebrate the accomplishments of EPB&B  throughout a very challenging year.

“May your troubles be less, and your blessings be more and nothing but blessings come through your door.”-An Irish Blessing


Spring Forward With Caution

Is it only an hour, right? As we turn our clocks forward this Sunday March 14th , we may gain more daylight, but that one-hour time loss can shake our bodies up just enough to create some adverse side effects. So as you spring forward, here are few things to keep an eye on.

  1. Distracted Driving. There are more car accidents the Monday after DST starts, most likely due to decreased alertness, slower reaction time, and darker morning commutes. 
  1. Heart Scares. A 2014 study found a spike in heart attacks by twenty-five percent the day after the clock’s turn. Be extra mindful of dizziness, tightness in the shoulders, and shortness of breath.
  1. The Munchies. When our bodies are tired, there is a spike in the hunger hormone, Ghrelin.  This can cause  more munching throughout the day on sugary carb-laden snacks to find energy—just saying. 

One hour can make a difference, so spring forward with a little extra care.

One hour can make a difference. So give yourself a little extra time, and fuel.


A Dynamic Duo: EPB&B Team Members Making A Difference, Together.

St Vincent De Paul food pantry
at St. Henry Catholic Church in Gresham is where you will find Elliott, Powell, Baden, and Baker Personal Lines Account Manager, April Preston, two Saturdays a month. April began volunteering four years ago when her mom, a parishioner at the church, invited her to help out. April’s enthusiasm for the organization was contagious, and soon her co-worker, EPB&B Personal Lines Account Manager Denice Nelson asked to join in. A dynamic duo was created.  

“I would pick Denice up in the morning, and after our volunteer shift, we would go out to lunch,” April says.  

Between COVID restrictions and schedule changes, April and Denice are no longer able to volunteer together, but both remain actively involved at the pantry.

“It’s a great organization. The people who receive their services all have their own story and situation,” April explains, “sometimes people just need a little help until their next payday, and this helps fill the gap.”

 Denice concurs, “it truly is an amazing organization, and I enjoy being a part of it.”

Thank you, April and Denice, for the fantastic work you do both inside EPB&B and out in our community.  You make a difference.

EPB&B Personal Lines Account Manager, April Preston volunteering at St. Vincent De Paul Food Pantry. April, you rock!