Follow Our #2016SummerofService As We Reach Communities Across Illinois

Our 80th anniversary, 80 for 80 Summer of Service campaign is well underway, and our employees have already been part of many volunteer events! From selling pizza to raise funds for the American Cancer Society, to running in the mud for the YMCA, our commitment to accomplish 80 events to celebrate and give back to the community we have been a part of for eight decades is stronger than ever. Let’s take a quick glance at some of the events our employees have been a part of to help make our community thrive.

  • Over 250 volunteers joined another 5,000 Chicagoans to volunteer side by side at Chicago Cares' Serve-a-thon, the city's largest day of volunteering. They all gathered at Daley Plaza where school buses transported them to Chicago public schools. From painting to nailing things together, our volunteers never skipped a beat and felt that sense of pride after finishing a day’s work.

  •  Employees in Marion, Illinois organized a few events, that required some food in order to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. Volunteers organized pizza sales, salad bar, and a baked potato station on various days to reach their fundraising goal.

  • Our employees from our Jacksonville office organized a food drive, where they not only collect canned goods for the local food bank during the Relay for Life event, they also got creative and made art work out of the canned food that was donated into the office.

  • Our youth is our future, and they need to have a safe environment for them to play and be active which is why our volunteers spent their precious Saturday morning going back to Posen Park District in Posen, IL to give one of the many playgrounds we built alongside Kaboom! some needed “tlc”.

  • Every second and fourth Wednesday of the month BCBSIL employees volunteer at the A Safe Haven Foundation’s food pantry, where meals are provided to the 200 community members served at A Safe Haven. The volunteers do everything from distributing food to taking inventory. A Safe Haven is a not for profit, social enterprise that helps people aspire, transform and sustain their lives as they transition from homelessness to self-sufficiency with pride and purpose.

  • Over 100 volunteers joined the In-Abled and SMVH Business Resource Group to build wheelchairs 30 wheelchairs for veterans at the Edward Hines, VA Hospital.

  • Out in Quincy, Illinois several volunteers decided to forget about staying clean, and participated in the Tri-State’s only 5k Mississippi Mud Mania Run, and all to benefit that local YMCA.

How do you like to give back to your community ? Follow our efforts on social media using #2016SummerofService!