Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) announced today that Governor Lincoln D. Chafee has appointed Carolyn Belisle, director of Corporate Social Responsibility & Community Relations at BCBSRI, to the Board of Commissioners of Serve Rhode Island, an organization that actively works to engage Rhode Islanders in volunteer and service activities in their communities.
"I am excited to expand my deep commitment to community service by joining the Serve Rhode Island Board," said Belisle. "At BCBSRI we believe it is our responsibility to help create a healthier state for all Rhode Islanders, and our employee volunteer program is one of the most important ways we give back to our community. Our BlueAngel volunteers are extremely passionate about their commitment and donated nearly 4,000 hours to our community last year."
Belisle brings 10 years of experience in corporate social responsibility and community relations to her Board appointment. At BCBSRI, she is responsible for guiding the company's community leadership efforts, which have made a positive impact throughout the Rhode Island community over the years.
In 2010, for example, 1,340 BCBSRI associates participated in 3,934 volunteer opportunities, including serving meals at McAuley House, walking to raise money for breast cancer and participating in blood drives. In addition, employee fundraisers generated $271,000 in contributions for organizations across the state.
Belisle also leads the company's efforts in charitable donations and in-kind gifts provided to local nonprofit organizations in addressing critical health issues, particularly those impacting the uninsured and most vulnerable.
Bernie Beaudreau, executive director of Serve Rhode Island, commented: "Carolyn has been an outstanding leader in corporate volunteerism in our state. The employee community engagement opportunities she has created for BCBSRI have been exemplary and a great model for other employers. We look forward to her leadership role as a Commissioner."
Serve Rhode Island is the state's commission for national and community service, which strives to transform the lives of Rhode Islanders by increasing the number of people in volunteer and service activities in their communities. Serve Rhode Island was established in 1994 to administer the AmeriCorps program of the federal government.
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Islandis the state's leading health insurer and covers more than 600,000 members. The company is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information, visit www.bcbsri.comand follow us on Twitter @BCBSRI.