Our 2017 Volunteer of the Year
Volunteering is her passion
Volunteer of the Year
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Texas (BCBSTX) encourages employees to volunteer and give back to their local communities. BCBSTX honored Sebrena Bohnsack with the 2017 Volunteer of the Year award. Throughout 2017, Sebrena volunteered with the Friends of the Richardson Public Library, Richardson Reads One Book program, Disability Management Employer Coalition, Network of Community Ministries and other nonprofit organizations in the Richardson community. She logged more than 500 hours of volunteer service in the community, making an important difference in the lives of countless families. She has also inspired many of her co-workers to volunteer and make a positive impact. As a result of her efforts, Sebrena was featured in her university alumni news magazine, SAGU Today.
Blue Corps℠ Employee Volunteer Program
Our Blue Corps℠ Employee Volunteer Program actively engages our employees in meaningful opportunities to give back to the local community where they live and work. In 2017, nearly 1,500 employees volunteered more than 36,000 hours to address the needs of their local communities by building playgrounds, providing meals to the elderly and engaging in other activities such as donation drives, fundraising walks and runs. Through our Matching Dollars Program, for each volunteer hour a BCBSTX employee spends with a qualified nonprofit community partner, that partner can receive $20 per hour, up to a total of $2,000 annually. In 2017, 116 of our statewide community partners received nearly $130,000 through our Matching Dollars Program.
Standing Together for Texas
Employee Giving Campaign
Each fall we celebrate our Standing Together Employee Giving Campaign. Championed by Dr. Dan McCoy and senior leaders, our 2017 campaign gave employees the opportunity to donate to either Communities Health Charities, United Way, Care Van® Program, and/or the Blue Bear Employee Relief Fund℠. Employees donated $180,480 to support the work of these organizations that deliver services to address health literacy, food insecurity, housing and financial assistance.
During this year’s campaign, representatives from two community partners: American Lung Association and National Kidney Foundation participated in Lunch N’ Learns in Richardson to help employees understand the impact COPD and CKD has in the community. During one of the Lunch N’ Learns, Senior leaders presented a $235,463 grant to the National Kidney Foundation as part of the BCBSTX Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® initiative.