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Collaboration is central to vibrant communities and a healthier North Carolina. To that end, each year we initiate or expand community-based partnerships that result in even more ideas for impacting the health and quality of life for the citizens of our state.
Strive to Revive – giving the gift of life
Blue Cross NC partnered with the American Red Cross, State Representative Becky Carney and the North Carolina Council of Churches to put life-saving Automated Electronic Defibrillators (AEDs) in houses of worship across the state. Strive to Revive was met with such enthusiasm that 235 AEDs have been awarded throughout all 100 North Carolina counties.2
UNC School of Medicine PA Program – expanding opportunities for veterans
Together with the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, Fort Bragg, Blue Cross NC is helping to create a physician assistant (PA) master’s degree program for returning military veterans. Blue Cross NC pledged $1.2 million2 to this program, which provides opportunities for those who have served, while helping to address the shortage of health care professionals in our state.
GO NC! – getting North Carolinians outside
GO NC! (Get Outside, North Carolina!) is an initiative that encourages North Carolinians to get outside and get active through the advancement of our greenway systems, increased access to public bicycles and the overall promotion of outdoor physical activity.
Funding greenways – GO NC! supports public recreation
In 2014, we teamed up with Durham’s Museum of Life and Science to add 1.5 miles of trail and launch “Walk of the Week,” a program that leads visitors on educational scavenger hunts through the museum’s 84 acres of scenic woodlands. This effort added to miles of trails created in previous years through the Blue LoopSM at the North Carolina Museum of Art and the Cross-City Trail in Wilmington.
Charlotte B-Cycle – North Carolina’s first bike-sharing program
Responding to increased interest, North Carolina’s first bike-sharing program expanded by 20% in 2014 to 24 stations. Through this program, Blue Cross NC and Charlotte Center City Partners have made more than 200 bikes available for rent in Uptown Charlotte and surrounding neighborhoods.2
Nourishing North Carolina through community gardens
Nourishing North Carolina (NNC) is a statewide community garden program making local, healthy food more accessible. NNC has established or enhanced community gardens in 95 of North Carolina’s 100 counties. In 2014, NNC’s gardens produced more than 54,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables.2
Month of Thanks – honoring community champions
During November, the Month of Thanks, Blue Cross NC honored four community champions. In addition to highlighting their commitment to volunteerism, Blue Cross NC also donated $5,000 to each of their chosen causes: Susan G. Komen Northwest NC; Dress for Success® Triangle; The Lupus Foundation of AmericaTM, NC Chapter; and East Durham Children’s Initiative. Two of the champions are Blue Cross NC employees.
Showing leadership and a lot of heart
Eight out of ten Blue Cross NC leaders serve on a board or committee of a nonprofit organization in our state.2 Employees at all levels take leading roles in causes that include the Triangle Go Red for Women® Campaign, American Diabetes Association Walk and the March of Dimes.
University and professional sports sponsorships
Blue Cross NC actively partners with university sports programs, professional hockey, basketball, soccer and baseball teams, and the racing team of sixtime Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson. We actively work with the organizations’ outreach programs and foundations to benefit the community. As the presenting sponsor of the Drive for the Cure 300, Blue Cross NC joined with Charlotte Motor Speedway to raise breast cancer awareness. The Big Three 3-Point Challenge annually results in donations from Blue Cross NC to the Big Three charities.
Celebrating our accomplished senior athletes
North Carolina has the largest Senior Games program in the U.S. – and Blue Cross NC is proud to sponsor the State Finals, where over 3,200 qualifiers from 53 local games compete. Blue Cross NC employees have also contributed hundreds of volunteer hours to aid in the Senior Games’ success.4