At Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, we are proud to support and celebrate our associates who give their time and energy to serve the communities where we live and work. In 2013, 92 percent of our workforce, or 3,197 associates participated in service projects. Together we contributed over 27,700 hours - or $1.2 million worth- of volunteer time to support nonprofit organizations across the Commonwealth. Our associate civic engagement initiatives range from one-time volunteer projects to six-month sabbatical programs.
Read about a few of our corporate-sponsored civic engagement programs below:
Service Day: One Community. One Blue.
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. In 2014, Blue Cross Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts associates contributed more than 22,000 volunteer hours on Service Day. Our 2015 Service Day is scheduled for Wednesday, September 16, 2015. Learn more about Service Day here.
BlueCrew Volunteer Projects
BCBSMA has strong partnerships with nonprofit organizations across the Commonwealth. Through our BlueCrew program, the Corporate Citizenship team facilitates associate volunteer opportunities with our numerous community partners. One-time volunteer events are planned based upon the needs of non-profit organizations throughout the year.
We also value the decisions of our associates to dedicate their time and energy to organizations that they feel a commitment to, beyond our selected partners, and often in their own home communities. Therefore, in addition to volunteer projects organized through BlueCrew, associates may also use their community service hours during the workday to volunteer for an organization of their choice through our Individual Volunteer Leave Time program.
Our associates mentor students throughout Boston and the South Shore, with partners such as Madison Park Technical Vocational High School and the Big Sister Association. These mentoring programs not only provide students with invaluable educational support, they also offer our associates the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful, personal way to the future of their community.
Skills-Based Volunteer Program
Our Skills-Based Volunteer Program acknowledges that our BCBSMA associates' talents are our greatest strengths. The Corporate Citizenship team, in partnership with Human Resources and the Business Consulting Group, connects associates to project-based volunteer opportunities that utilize their skills and expertise to help leaders of local non-profit community organizations address their most pressing operational challenges. Read more about how we're strengthening our nonprofit partners.
William C. Van Faasen Community Service Sabbatical Program
In 2005, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts' Board of Directors created a sabbatical program to honor our former CEO, Bill Van Faasen. The William C. Van Faasen Community Service Sabbatical Program makes it possible for one associate per year to take a paid leave of absence and work full-time for a nonprofit organization for a period of three to six months. Sabbatical recipients engage in projects that create long-lasting change within the community.
Previous hosts of Sabbatical Fellows include uAspire (2012-2013), Codman Square Health Center/Codman Academy Charter School (2013-2014) and Project 351 (2014-2015).
To find out more about how Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA can support your non-profit organization through our Civic Engagement initiatives, please email Lucy Darragh, Director, Civic Engagement.