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Civic Engagement

In 2014, more than 3,200 associates volunteered their skills and energy in support of 284 community projects across Massachusetts. In all, 30,000 hours of service, worth $1.15 million, were donated to support our goal of working together to make a lasting difference.

If you are interested in learning more about partnering with our associate engagement programs, please contact:

Jeff Bellows
Vice President, Corporate Citizenship

Lucy Darragh
Director, Corporate Citizenship


Volunteer projects

Big Sister Association of Greater Boston

Throughout the year, we partner with community—based nonprofits to provide one-day volunteer groups to help fulfill their current organizational needs.

Service Day

One Community. One Blue.

Learn more about our fifth annual Service Day on September 16, 2015.

Our annual Service Day provides an opportunity for our associates to come together in common purpose and shared vision to make a difference for communities across Massachusetts. While the company remains open for business, over 3,000 associates volunteer together in service projects across the Commonwealth.

Learn more about our fifth annual Service Day on September 16, 2015.

Skills-Based Volunteer Program

Donating our expertise

Our Skills-Based Volunteer Program connects the skills and expertise of our associates with the capacity-building needs of our nonprofit partners.

2015 Skills-Based Program Nonprofit Community Partners

  • Big Sister Association of Greater Boston
  • Codman Square Health Center
  • Girl Scouts Eastern Massachusetts
  • Girls, Inc. of Worcester
  • LivableStreets Alliance
  • Medically Induced Trauma Support Services
  • Pine Street Inn
  • Rosie's Place
  • School on Wheels of Massachusetts
  • St. Mary’s Center for Women and Children
  • The Family Pantry of Cape Cod
  • United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley

William C. Van Faasen

Community Service Sabbatical Program

Project 351

In 2014, Blue Cross' Community Service Sabbatical Fellow, Cindy Speer, partnered with Project 351, an organization created as a way to promote and unite the community service efforts of our young people while helping them to develop leadership skills.

The Community Service Sabbatical program was created in 2005 to honor our former CEO William C. Van Faasen and his commitment to serving the communities of Massachusetts. This program offers six months of full-time work at a local nonprofit organization. During that time, associates can develop new skills and showcase existing ones while creating sustainable change in the community. One associate is selected annually to participate in the Sabbatical program.


Project 351


Codman Square
Health Center



Mentoring Programs

Learning on the job

Our associates mentor students throughout Boston and the South Shore, providing them with invaluable educational support.

Students from public high schools gain work experience though our partnership with Boston Private Industry Council.

interns worked at our company

interns were matched with our community partners, including Youth Design and Save the Harbor/Save the Bay


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