In 2012, we continued our longstanding commitment to strengthening the communities where our members and associates live and work, through strategic investments, employee volunteerism, civic leadership, and our nonprofit Foundation.
In recognition of our 75th anniversary, we awarded special $75,000 grants to four local nonprofits that promote nutrition, education,huge success and access to healthy foods for low-income families with young children: The Urban Food Initiative; Project Bread in partnership with Lynn Economic Opportunity, Inc.; Boston Natural Areas Network; and the Holyoke Food and Fitness Policy Council's Kindergarten Initiative.
Our second annual all-company Service Day was a huge success, as our associates tallied more than 16,000 hours in volunteer work across the state. Our employee volunteer corps, known as the BlueCrew, also provided mentoring assistance throughout the year–educational mentoring and tutoring for students, and skills-based, professional mentoring that matches our associates with nonprofit organizations.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Foundation continued to play a vital role in expanding access to health care for