Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Associates Volunteered to Help Georgia Organizations During Second Annual Community Service Day
ATLANTA - May 14, 2009 - Approximately 300 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia (BCBSGA) associates and their friends and families joined forces to participate in the parent company's national Community Service Day. These efforts helped the following organizations across the state:
- Keep Albany - Dougherty Beautiful
- March for Babies
- Camp Twin Lakes
- March for Babies
- Twin Cedars-Anne Elizabeth Shepherd Home
- The Stewart Community Home
- Keep Columbus Beautiful/Trees Columbus
- Fairmount Downtown Beautification
- March for Babies
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Coastal Georgia
"At BCBSGA our associates give back to our communities in every day ways," said Monye Connolly, President, BCBSGA. "Community Service Day is one more way we can come together to help improve our communities. During this difficult economic time it is more important than ever to collaborate on projects and services that can have an impact on the health and wellness of our community."
Coinciding with Points of Light & Hands On Network's National Volunteer Week, BCBSGA associates participated in many activities, including assisting with walk registration and manning spirit stations at three March for Babies locations, painting murals and repainting surfaces both indoors and outdoors, organizing and repackaging food and medical supplies for distribution, planting trees, flowers and shrubs, building picnic tables and sandboxes, and many, many others.
"We are so grateful for community partners like Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia for their support of March for Babies. Every step, every dollar raised helps fund critical research to help moms have full term pregnancies and to give every baby a healthy start in life," says Gannon Gingrey Manning, Board Chair, March of Dimes Georgia Chapter. "In Georgia, 372 babies each week are born too small, too soon. The medical costs of just one premature baby could cover that of nearly a dozen healthy, full term babies. With this reality, we can think of no issue greater than the health of our babies."
In 2008, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Foundation also granted $390,940 to community organizations in Georgia and BCBSGa gifted more than $521,633 to civic and charitable organizations through its community relations support. Through the BCBSGa associate giving campaign, with a 50 percent match from the parent company's foundation, BCBSGA associates pledged more than $2 million to help non profit organizations throughout the state.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia, Inc. and Blue Cross and Blue Shield Healthcare Plan of Georgia, Inc. are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association® . The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Additional information about Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia is available at www.bcbsga.com.
About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Foundation
Through charitable grant making, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia Foundation LLC, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, promotes Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia's inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that the company serves. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company's annual associate giving campaign and its parent foundation provides a 50 percent match of associates' campaign pledges. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield names and symbols are registered marks of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. To learn more about the Foundation please visit www.wellpointfoundation.org