Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island Invites Local Nonprofits to Apply for 5th Annual Volunteer Day-of-Service

(4.18.2016)
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Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) is now accepting applications from organizations interested in participating in the company’s fifth annual statewide day of community service, Blue across Rhode Island. One of the state’s largest single-company volunteer days, Blue across Rhode Island provides support to critical community service organizations. Applications will be accepted until May 11, 2016. 
 
Since Blue across Rhode Island’s inception five years ago, BCBSRI associates have provided more than 15,000 volunteer hours to nonprofit organizations around the state. In addition to volunteers, BCBSRI also provides each organization with a $5,000 grant to support expenses incurred for the volunteer project. Blue across Rhode Island is a core component of BCBSRI’s nationally recognized employee volunteer program. This year’s Blue across Rhode Island will take place Friday, September 23, 2016.  
 
“Giving back to the communities in which with live and work is a core priority for Blue Cross year-round,” said Carolyn Belisle, Managing Director of Community Relations for BCBSRI. “Through collaboration with our great community partners, our team makes real impact, finishing projects during Blue across Rhode Island that organizations say otherwise would have taken the full year! The fifth anniversary of Blue across Rhode Island is more than just a day of service for our company, it is representative of the values we strive every day to uphold.”
 
BCBSRI will consider community-based organizations that align with BCBSRI’s mission to improve the lives of all Rhode Islanders by improving their health; special consideration will be given to organizations whose missions or project ideas focus on children. To qualify, an organization must have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status. Organizations must submit their application online by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.
 
Interested organizations can find more details and apply online at www.cybergrants.com/BCBSRI/BARI.
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