Fifth Anniversary of Rhode Island’s Largest Company Volunteer Day Brings 3,500+ Volunteer Hours, $65,000 in Funding to Thirteen Nonprofits

(10.3.2016)
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Blue Cross Blue & Shield of Rhode Island’s (BCBSRI) fifth annual day of service, Blue across Rhode Island, included more than 600 employees volunteering at 13 community projects across the state today. The company contributed approximately 3,500 service hours and $65,000 in grant funding and in-kind gifts, elevating the program’s five-year total to more than 18,500 hours and $240,000 in philanthropy. Over the five years, Blue across Rhode Island has created a lasting impact on the lives of more than 51,000 Rhode Islanders by teaming up with 43 community-based nonprofits from 21 cities across the state.

Blue across Rhode Island remains the state’s largest single-company volunteer day, with more than 75 percent of the BCBSRI workforce participating. This year’s project sites all help to create stronger, healthier Rhode Island communities, whether by supporting families’ physical and mental health or specifically assisting local families in times of crisis.

“Blue across Rhode Island is more than just a day of service for us—it’s an example of our commitment to the community in which we live and work,” said Kim Keck, president of BCBSRI. “It is an honor to do our part in creating a healthier state by teaming up with organizations working hard every day to improve the lives of Rhode Islanders.”

Blue Cross associates took part in activities including:

·       Helping provide 27,000 nutritiously fortified meals to hungry families across the state with The Outreach Program and We Share Hope

·       Fulfilling our 2,000th footwear order as a Blue across Rhode Island team with the Gotta Have Sole Foundation, a Cranston-based organization that provides shoes to children living in homeless shelters

·       Restoring hundreds of children’s bicycles donated through Recycle-A-Bike in Providence, to be shared with kids in need

·       Conducting “FitnessGram” assessments for 200 middle school students at Highlander Charter School in Warren, a requirement that would otherwise take school staff a full year to complete

Project sites by location:

Cranston

Gotta Have Sole Foundation

Middletown

Newport County Community Mental Health Center

Newport

Confetti Foundation

The Changing Table

North Providence

Playworks Energize Education at Greystone Elementary School

Providence

Crossroads Rhode Island

Dorcas International Institute

March of Dimes

Recycle a Bike

The Outreach Program / United Way of Rhode Island

Warren

Highlander Charter School

Warwick

Kent County YMCA

Woonsocket

Community Care Alliance

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