Apr 3, 2023

Applications for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island’s annual Blue across Rhode Island day of service now open

Nonprofit organizations are invited to request the support of a team of BCBSRI volunteers for an entire day

PROVIDENCE, RI (March 31, 2023)—Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) is now accepting applications from nonprofits interested in participating in Blue across Rhode Island, a companywide day of service, on Friday, September 15.

For the 12th year, employee volunteers from BCBSRI will support local community organizations by completing projects that improve the health and well-being of Rhode Islanders. Applications to host volunteer groups are due by Friday, April 28, and BCBSRI encourages all Rhode Island nonprofit organizations to submit service projects that align with this mission.

“Our local nonprofits work tirelessly to deliver critical services to Rhode Island’s most vulnerable residents and we are honored to support them. During Blue across Rhode Island, our employees spread out across the state to join them shoulder-to-shoulder in our shared mission to build a healthier Rhode Island. We look forward to lending our community partners a helping hand on what is always our favorite day of the year!” said Martha L. Wofford, president & CEO, BCBSRI.

Since the company’s inception, BCBSRI has partnered closely with community organizations across the state through philanthropy, partnership and service. For more than 20 years, the company has done so under the banner of BlueAngel Community Investment, BCBSRI’s multifaceted corporate social responsibility program. Blue across Rhode Island is a signature event within this program.

Since Blue across Rhode Island’s launch in 2012, BCBSRI associates have logged more than 34,000 hours preparing meal kits for those struggling with food insecurity, building playgrounds, upgrading outdoor green spaces, and renovating shelters for those experiencing homelessness. These projects have had an impact on the lives of more than 162,000 Rhode Islanders.

In addition to providing volunteers, BCBSRI awards each partner organization $5,000 in grant funding. Since the program’s inception, $749,100 in Blue across Rhode Island funding has been distributed to 77 organizations for more than 140 projects. BCBSRI is prioritizing projects that can host 30-35 volunteers for a minimum of four hours of in-person volunteer work, or host 50 volunteers for 1-2 hours of virtual volunteer work.

Organizations must have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status to qualify for Blue across Rhode Island. Learn more and apply online at www.cybergrants.com/BCBSRI/BARI. Applications are due by 5 PM on Friday, April 28.

For more information, contact BlueAngel.News@bcbsri.org.