We are proud to support Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts associates who give their time and talent to create better neighborhoods in the communities we serve. In 2012, 90 percent of our 3,500 colleagues participated in service projects. Together we contributed close to $1 million of volunteer time to support nonprofit organizations across the Commonwealth. Through our volunteer corps known as the BlueCrew associates receive paid time off to volunteer during regularly scheduled work hours. Buoyed by our 75-year legacy of community partnership and support, the BlueCrew continues to be a hallmark of our commitment to the health of our communities. A few of our corporate-sponsored volunteer programs follow:
Education Initiatives: Mentoring Programs
Our associates mentor students throughout Boston and the South Shore at Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, Fenway High School, North Quincy High School, Parker Elementary School (through the Big Sister Association), and South Shore Stars. These mentoring programs not only provide students with invaluable educational support, they also provide our associates the opportunity to contribute in a meaningful, personal way to the future of their community.
Service Day: One Community. One Blue.
Powered by BlueCrew, our Service Day provides an opportunity for our associates to come together on a single day in common purpose and shared vision to make a difference for communities across Massachusetts. While the company remains open for business, close to 3,000 associates volunteer together in service projects across the Commonwealth. In 2012, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts associates contributed more than 16,000 volunteer hours on Service Day. Our 2013 Service Day is scheduled for Wednesday, September 18, 2013.
Watch the Service Day 2012 video.
Skills-Based Volunteer Program
Our skills-based volunteer initiative program recognizes our associates' talents are our greatest strengths and to deploy this human capital strategically in the social sector. Over a three- to five-month period, associates work in small teams to address a specific challenge that a nonprofit organization faces. The projects are designed to maximize the impact of our associates' unique skill sets on an issue that is critical to the participating nonprofit's growth.
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 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. Throughout the leave period, the Sabbatical associate's regular base pay continues with no interruption in benefits.
To find out how BlueCrew can support your organization, please email BlueCrew@bcbsma.com.