The Power of Volunteers
BCBSNM Blue Corps℠ volunteers generously give of their time and money to assist many community organizations and campaigns.
Take it from someone who knows about helping others. “It gives me a warm and fuzzy rewarding feeling each time I volunteer,” said Kim Smith, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) 2016 Volunteer of the Year. “My mother continues to volunteer and encourages me to do the same. It is wonderful to work for a company that encourages us to give of ourselves as well,” said Smith, who has volunteered at BCBSNM for five years.
BCBSNM employees volunteer their time to a wide variety of organizations. In 2016, they provided more than 11,000 volunteer hours through our volunteer program, Blue Corps. Employees are encouraged to volunteer for corporate-directed community initiatives, as well as for organizations with which they feel a special connection. Blue Corps by definition describes our dedicated group of giving employees. Our employees volunteer with a smile on their face and with a generous spirit.
The ACS is honored to have an association with BCBSNM that goes back to our first walk in 2000.
Through our company initiatives, employees and their families and friends connect with a number of community service activities and campaigns. A small sample of what our employees contributed in 2016 includes:
- Our employees raised almost $28,000 for the annual American Heart Association Heart Walk. The BCBSNM employee team was 200 strong and walked in honor and in memory of grandmothers, aunts, friends, sons and daughters, as well as for themselves. “I walk in honor of a friend who had a heart transplant. It hit home just how important it is for the research and education that the American Heart Association supplies,” said Felicia Spaulding, BCBSNM employee.
- Our company went pink in October by participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, raising more than $27,000 for the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) efforts to fund research and assist those affected by breast cancer. BCBSNM was a flagship sponsor for the event and more than 200 Blue Corps members walked the bosque to support the fight against breast cancer. “The ACS is honored to have an association with BCBSNM that goes back to our first walk in 2000,” said Geraldine Esquivel, senior manager, ACS. “Our partnership has grown and strengthened because of the support of BCBSNM leadership and employees.”
- Our employees showed their holiday spirit in December by adopting 25 families from the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren program. Each family member received gifts from their wish list, clothes and food to help make their holiday brighter. Employees raised more than $13,500 for 34 adults and 61 children.
Our philanthropic investments, combined with the dedication of our Blue Corps volunteers, allow our company to make an impact on many organizations and make a difference in the lives of our fellow New Mexicans.