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Barnum Foundation for Life Diaper Drive

November, 2020

We wanted to take a moment to highlight something that we’re honored to have been a part of recently: Barnum Foundation for Life’s 1st Annual Diaper Drive! 2020 has been a year of unthinkable challenges impacting every corner of our communities.

2020 has been a year of unthinkable challenges impacting every corner of our communities. The pandemic’s impact on abused and neglected children entering the DCF system is particularly heart wrenching. COVID-19 restrictions has led to delays in safely placing children in foster care, compounded by an increase in cases that has put strains on already limited resources. Many children come to the facility wearing diapers that have not been changed in days. 

With the success of our Comfort Bag donations from the past, we discovered the urgent demand of diapers and in the facility. Over the months of September and October we held a donation drop-off in our Glastonbury office, in which everyone donated the supplies that the Hartford DCF office was in dire need of.

We are so proud to share that we successfully raised $2,100 and delivered 4,881 Diapers, 4208 wipes, formula, diaper cream, clothing and books!

This was such a fulfilling experience and I am so humbled to be a part of an organization that is not only keeping the lights on in the midst of this pandemic, but able to give back to the community that supports us. Thank you to the entire team for stepping up and making this such a huge success!


New Additions to Our Team

October 14th, 2020

We are elated to share that Sara Bates and Emily Myslenski have recently joined Barnum Financial Group and Team JBW! Both will be working alongside Amalia Mangiafico as our Client Service Associates for Team JBW. Sara Bates will be serving as Personal Assistant to Justin Podbielski, Emily Myslenski will be serving as Personal Assistant to Brian Bednarz, and Amalia Mangiafico will be serving as Personal Assistant to Brian Paquette. All three will manage respective client communications, appointment scheduling, and handling all service-related items.

Sara has spent her entire career in the financial industry and is licensed to sell Life, Health and Accident Insurance. Sara is originally from Connecticut but spent her childhood growing up in Maine.  She now resides in Bristol, CT with her daughter Abigail, and their two beloved dogs Daisy Mae and Maggie Moo. Sara enjoys spending time with family, kayaking, and spending summer days on the beach. You can reach Sara at (860) 380-2666 or at sbates@barnumfg.com.

Prior to joining our team, Emily has held prior positions in customer relations in the financial industry for over two years. She has also worked as a member service representative within the health insurance industry. Emily is a Connecticut native, having grown up in Bristol, CT for some years. She now lives in Plantsville, CT with her husband and two cats. She enjoys crafting and making wreaths, as well as outdoor activities. Emily can be reached at (860) 258-3873 or at EMyslenski@barnumfg.com.


New Addition to Our Team

April 30th, 2020

While many companies are cutting back and laying off, we have continued to grow and expand our team as we adjust to a remote and technology driven world. We have exciting news and ask you to help us welcome a new team member! 

Amalia Mangiafico has recently joined Barnum Financial Group and Team JBW serving as our Client Service Associate. In her role, she manages all client communication, assists with appointment scheduling, and handles service-related items. She is our internal point of contact in the office and our liaison between advisors.

Prior to joining our team, Amalia has held prior positions in customer relations in the financial industry for over four years. Amalia is a Connecticut native, having grown up in West Hartford as well as Portugal for some years, she now lives in East Hampton, CT with her fiancé Darian and two dogs. She enjoys spending time outdoors hiking and visiting the shoreline. Amalia can be reached at (860)-258-3823 or at amangiafico@barnumfg.com.

A note from Justin Podbielski:

I wanted to share a little bit of my WHY.  I am blessed to work in a career that I love and which continues to inspire me. There are many lessons from my Mother’s life that have shaped who I am and drive me to keep growing. Rest In Peace Mom. I love you. Here’s one:

Client Centered

A note from Justin Podbielski:

"We live in a world in which we need to share responsibility. It’s easy to say it’s not my child, not my community, not my world, not my problem. Then there are those who see the need and respond. I consider those people my heroes.” -Fred Rogers

It was very special to deliver a check for $1,000 to FOCUS Center for Autism and Donna Swanson’s team. Xochil Rivera and I became familiar with FOCUS through our mutual client whose family has been actively involved with the center through their son Alex for years. We were blown away by everyone’s passion, kindness, and ability to do so much with so little. Thank you to Barnum Foundation For Life for allocating $500 toward the donation and thank you to my team, JBW for matching it! It is truly a blessing to work at a place where we have both the ability and the desire to give back. 

Over the Fall our team gathered donations to create Comfort Bags.  Recently we organized the donations and assembled the bags for children and teens.  All bags contain daily essentials like soap, shampoo, toothbrush, and toothpaste as well as comfort items including coloring books, journals, markers and creative items.  Over 150 bags have been provided to our local Hartford DCF (Department of Children & Families) office to aid in children’s transition as often they are removed from their homes without the opportunity to gather any belongings. Throughout the donation period we also gathered a large supply new and gently used toys & games, stuffed animals, diapers & wipes for the DCF office to have on hand for family visitations and to entertain the children while they are transitioning.  

We are so proud of our Team, our Glastonbury Office of Barnum Financial Group, and Barnum Foundation For Life! We recently completed our Bikes For Kids event at a University of Connecticut Football game. We sold over 340 tickets, gave away 36 bikes to local children and raised over $3,000 for our cause. It was such a beautiful day and so nice to see our office come together for such a great cause. We had a blast and can't wait to be back next year! 

Barnum Foundation for Life Bikes for Kids Program

Barnum Foundation for Life Bikes for Kids Program

The Barnum Foundation for Life truly makes an incredible impact on the lives of children in our communities. Great story here!


NBC Connecticut-- Bikes Gifted to New Haven Second Graders

Team JBW volunteers at the ABC House (A Better Chance) of Glastonbury!

Team JBW volunteers at the ABC House (A Better Chance) of Glastonbury!

We wanted to take a moment to highlight how we’ve chosen to spend some of our summer days. Our team has incorporated community outreach events into our mission statement and are proud to announce we recently completed our summer project.

A Better Chance (ABC), is a fantastic National program that accepts young minority men to the program based on leadership promise, personal motivation, academic record, and need. We fundraised, created a project list and completed a hands-on volunteer day for our local Glastonbury ABC House. The students, often from far way, reside in the Glastonbury home throughout the school year and attend Glastonbury High School. Our team completed some updates and refurbished the home for the students return this Fall so they can hit the ground running, focus on their studies, participate in school sports and be safe & comfortable in their home.

We would like to thank the ABC House for helping us coordinate this special day, as well as all those who donated or volunteered! It was an extremely positive and rewarding experience for our team and we are looking forward to our next philanthropic event.