Supporting our neighbors through volunteerism and charitable giving is an important part of BCBSMT’s corporate citizenship efforts.
Through our Blue Corps℠ volunteer program, nearly 250 BCBSMT employees committed more than 4,500 hours in 2014 to help community partners build a playground in one day, distribute much-needed food, assemble care packages for our troops, provide warm clothing to many Montana Native Americans, and support children and families in Montana communities in a variety of other ways.
What’s more, BCBSMT employees donated more than $38,000 to the 2014 United Way Giving Campaign, helping 31 nonprofit agencies in Helena alone. Brian Johnson, executive director of the United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area, hosted a BCBSMT employee talent show to kick off the campaign.
“Raising money for United Way is an interim goal—the real goal is to build the organized capacity of people to care for one another in our community—a year-round activity,” Johnson said. “Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana, a United Way pacesetter organization, embodies the spirit of giving and its employees set this goal standard for caring for one another.”
In addition to the KaBOOM! playground construction in East Helena and the bike park build in Helena’s Centennial Park, Blue Corps employee volunteers participated in the following activities:
Yes We Canstruction!
The BCBSMT Build Montana Food Drive donated more than a ton of much-needed and appreciated food and money to local food banks in Helena, Great Falls, and several other cities throughout the state. Employees donated a grand total of 2,794 pounds of food to our communities.
Supporting Our Troops
Sending care packages to our troops has always been important to BCBSMT and our employees. Montana Supporting Soldiers, a United Way partner agency, provides this morale-boosting service to our troops overseas, and Blue Corps volunteers supported veterans by assembling care packages and providing financial assistance.
Warm Clothes, Warm Hearts
To help our Native American neighbors stay warm during the long, cold winter months, BCBSMT sponsored a Warm Clothes, Warm Hearts Clothing Drive. In 2014, employees donated more than 500 pounds of warm hats, scarves, gloves, mittens, winter coats, and boots that were delivered to Native American communities around the state.
Rolling Up Our Sleeves
Did you know you can save three lives in under one hour? According to the American Red Cross, donating a pint of blood can potentially save the lives of three people who are in need of a blood transfusion. In 2014, BCBSMT employees donated 136 pints of blood to the American Red Cross, potentially saving 408 lives.