BCBSRI Employees Volunteer at Urban League of R.I.

(Providence, RI, 10.14.2009)

Fourteen Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) employees recently participated in a volunteer effort to brighten up the main grounds of the Urban League of Rhode Island (ULRI).

Members of BCBSRI’s training and business performance team cleaned, painted, and landscaped various areas of the ULRI’s 246 Prairie Avenue facility, including its men’s and women’s shelters, daycare, and front and rear exterior areas.

“We are dedicated to giving back to the Rhode Island community while helping to ensure the ongoing health and wellness of all Rhode Islanders,” said James E. Purcell, President and CEO, BCBSRI. “The Urban League of Rhode Island carries out an important mission to eliminate discrimination and bring about positive change in our communities, and we are proud to help improve the condition of their facility.”

The ULRI volunteer effort was part of BCBSRI’s “Time to Give” program, which provides every employee with a full day of time off annually to volunteer at Rhode Island nonprofit organizations. Part of the company’s BlueAngel Community Outreach program, the initiative was created to make it easier for employees to volunteer their time.

The ULRI is a non-profit organization focused on the elimination of racial discrimination and segregation in Rhode Island and the achievement of parity for minorities and the poor.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is the state’s leading health insurer and covers more than 600,000 members. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

The mission of the Urban League of Rhode Island involves the enabling of minorities and the poor to demonstrate their full potential and to exercise their human rights as American citizens. The Urban League of Rhode Island is one of 106 affiliates of the National Urban League, Inc. It is also a member of a network of community-based agencies providing health and human services to those most in need in greater Rhode Island.

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