Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) employee volunteers believe in helping their fellow New Mexicans. They give school supplies to students in need. They raise funds for life-saving research and programs. They go above and beyond to give back.
In 2018, BCBSNM employees logged more than 10,000 volunteer hours through Blue CorpsSM. Blue Corps is BCBSNM’s volunteer program. Here is a small taste of what our volunteers did in 2018.
Operation Back to School
BCBSNM employees know that having the proper tools is key to the education and growth of young New Mexicans. That’s why they run Operation Back to School (OBTS), a yearly school supply drive.
Through the drive, employees collect supplies for students at Title I schools across New Mexico. Title I schools serve a high number of students from low-income families. Employees raised more than $13,000 and gave nearly 33,000 supplies through OBTS in 2018.
BCBSNM gave these supplies to 11 schools around the state and the Albuquerque nonprofit HopeWorks. Backpacks with supplies and toiletries were also given to Manzano High School in Albuquerque for homeless students.
For BCBSNM’s annual holiday giving campaign, employees gave gifts to veterans, active duty military, their families, and other people in need.
Holiday Giving Campaign
Employees run an annual holiday giving campaign. In December, employees and BCBSNM’s Supporters of Military Veterans Business Resource Group gave holiday gifts to veterans, active duty military, their families and other people in need. The drive also gave holiday gifts to youth who have aged out of foster care. BCBSNM employees gave more than $16,000 worth of gifts to 53 families.
Employees held a breakfast fundraiser for the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE Walk.
LUNG FORCE Walk
Employees joined the fight against lung disease by taking part in the American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE Walk. Kurt Shipley, BCBSNM president, served as corporate chair of the walk. The BCBSNM team raised more than $6,700. The funds helped fight a disease that impacts hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans.
BCBSNM Matching Dollars Program
Our volunteerism in New Mexico in 2018 generated $40,099 in Matching Dollars for 31 community partners. BCBSNM’s Matching Dollars program gives $20 for each hour a BCBSNM employee volunteers at an approved community organization. Each group can get up to $2,000 a year through the program.
Our employees drive BCBSNM’s commitment to the health of our state. Together, we strive to make New Mexico a better place to live.