From the Community
Community Servings Gets Helping Hand From Blue Cross Employees
As part of its annual Service Day, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts sent several volunteers to Jamaica Plain nonprofit Community Servings on September 20th, where they spent the day preparing and package healthy meals to distribute to critically ill patients. During this year's Service Day, 3,200 Blue Cross employees spent the day lending helping hands to 55 nonprofits in 33 towns across the Commonwealth, improving access to healthy living programming and initiatives by participating in service projects like harvesting fresh produce to donate to local food pantries and creating a new outdoor play space and raised garden beds for Boys & Girls Club members. In addition to volunteer support, each Service Day nonprofit partner received a $5,000 grant for materials to assist in their efforts. These grants, coupled with the 23,000 volunteer hours Blue Cross associates will contribute, brings the total 2017 community contribution on Service Day upwards of $1 million. Since Service Day’s inception in 2011, Blue Cross has made more than $6 million in community contributions on the annual volunteer day.