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Community Support and Advocacy means we stand up for causes we believe in, especially when it comes to health. At every level, it's about volunteering, financial support, board membership, and partnerships. From national organizations fighting disease to babies in need, we hope North Carolinians believe in the work we're doing in the community and around the state, and feel strongly enough about it to get involved.
- Note in the Pocket
- Care Ring
- Diaper Bank
- March of Dimes
- LGBT Center of Raleigh
- Ronald McDonald House
- American Diabetes Association
- American Heart Association
- Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Our employees are encouraged to volunteer during work hours individually, in teams or with entire departments. Many use the skills they apply to their work at Blue Cross NC to help those in need, whether it's financial services staff managing nonprofit budgets or member coordinators helping kids tending to marketing, events and social media for a youth organization.
The Diaper Bank of NC Makes Life Better for Babies – and Parents
Diapers Are No Small Issue for Those in Need
When Children Need Help, Our Staff Rallies
The theme to the community volunteerism that Blue Cross NC fosters is pretty easy to pin down. It's promoting the health and well-being of North Carolinians in any way we can. And our motivation multiplies when it comes to children. One of our staff's favorite kid-centered organizations to volunteer with is the Diaper Bank of NC. Sorting and packing diapers is a group effort and can be a fun team-building activity, but beyond that, it's a crucial service to the community.
The Diaper Bank of North Carolina was founded on the simple belief that all children deserve clean diapers. This may seem obvious, but the heartbreaking truth is this: every day, children go without the diapers they need to stay healthy and comfortable.1
Food stamps and other government programs don't cover diapers, which can cost several hundred dollars a year. When forced to choose between food and diapers, diapers lose. And the babies suffer.
A Connection to Other Critical Assistance
The Diaper Bank takes the diapers and other supplies volunteers package and distributes them through established agencies that work directly with families so that they get what they need quickly. The service also connects them to other assistance programs, vital services like food, clothing, medical care, shelter and job training.
The Help Doesn't End with Babies
The Diaper Bank doesn't just help babies and parents, though. The organization supplies many others, including special needs children, older children - who may be developmentally challenged or be dealing with stressful situations like homelessness - and adults in need of adult diapers. They even have a program in Durham Public Schools to provide feminine hygiene products to middle school girls to help keep them from missing school due to menstruation.
Learn more about Diaper Bank of NC on their website, or read about the Diaper Bank founder [insert blog] on our blog.
- Source: The Diaper Bank: http://ncdiaperbank.org/
Fundraising to Fight Disease
Employee Campaigns Raise Money for National Nonprofits with Local Impact
Volunteering for 10 Years and Counting
We support organizations that fight disease every day. Their impact is huge, and we know that helping them expands our reach. As CEO Brad Wilson says, "I am proud that for more than 10 years the employees of our company have provided significant financial and volunteer support to the American Diabetes Association, the American Heart Association, the March of Dimes and Susan G. Komen to further the work these organizations are doing to prevent illness and advance cures for people across North Carolina."
We like our support to do double-duty whenever possible: If we can also help employees lead healthy, active lifestyles, have a little fun and enjoy each other's company while we raise funds, so much the better.
In 2015, over 500 walkers from BCBSNC raised more than $36,000 from the Walks for Health for these four organizations combined.
Employee Program Inspires More Donations
Starting in 2016, there's a new plan. We'll still be raising funds and participating in charitable walks, but we're condensing our campaigns into one annual fundraising effort, the Fund4Health. Employees can designate a $10 corporate donation from our CommunityWORKS program to any of these four organizations. With 4800 employees and counting, those donations add up. Employees are also encouraged to match the corporate donation by contributing $10 or more to one or more of the four: American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, March of Dimes and Susan G. Komen. Those who match donations are eligible for company rewards, like dress-down days and drawings for great prizes.
For Us, It's Personal
We have personal connections with these nonpro fits, too. From breast cancer survivors (one employee is at six years and counting!) to stories of our own children working with the March of Dimes [new link] and American Heart Association [new link], we are involved in every way possible. And we'll continue to support their work because it's so important to the health of our community. Just ask anyone who works here.
What do employee donations buy?
- Mammograms for women in need (Susan G. Komen)
- Physical activity education kits for elementary school students (American Heart Association)
- Kits for children diagnosed with type I diabetes (American Diabetes Association)
- Creation of new medications for premature babies (March of Dimes)