Learn how we're offering support for our communities during COVID-19
Our response to the needs of our local neighborhoods hasn't stopped during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We're working with our community collaborators to help donate meals, provide food delivery, support local community centers and help those in our most vulnerable populations. Helping those impacted by the COVID-19 crisis is at the forefront of our mission.
We're Working to Make Our Communities Better
Our mission is to improve the health and well-being of our customers and communities. Our employees help us realize that mission by giving fearlessly of their time and resources to community organizations across the state. In 2019, our employees volunteered over 12,000 hours building bikes and playgrounds, packing backpacks, bundling diapers, and more.
Watch "Fearless For Good" to see all the great things we accomplished this year and how we're working to make things better.
"So much of our health is determined by social conditions: A safe home. Healthy food. Education, and much more."
"We're investing in and working with our state's network of nonprofits to help more North Carolinians start healthy and stay healthy. We’re helping to provide access to the basics: safe housing, healthy food, early childhood education and quality health care — as well as reliable transportation to get to work, school, and medical care. Because we believe all North Carolinians should have the chance to live their healthiest life."
Director, Community and Diversity Engagement, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
We’re Working to Improve Food Security in North Carolina
Too Many North Carolinians Face a Daily Choice
Source: Feeding America
Food security is the availability of food and one's access to it at all times to live an active, healthy life. In just one example, there are too many children arriving at school without the benefit of a healthy breakfast that will allow them to pay attention, to think, and to grow. We’re working with multiple groups to address this issue head-on.
Taking Action Against the Opioid Epidemic
With so many people addicted to opioid pain medications, you may know someone who is struggling with addiction or has died from it. Blue Cross NC has committed to making $10 million in community investments to combat opioid abuse with a strategy of prevention, intervention, and treatment.
Watch and learn from Dr. Anuradha Rao-Patel, a medical director at Blue Cross NC who specialized in pain management.
Our State's Largest Public Health Crisis
- “Opioid Overdose Deaths by Age Group.” Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention WONDER database (2017).
- Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Helping transform Medicaid for the state of North Carolina
As an extension of Blue Cross NC’s natural mission to improve the health and well-being of our customers and communities, starting June 1, 2021, we are offering Healthy Blue. With deep community roots, we aim to treat every North Carolinian like family. Through Healthy Blue, we will create new relationships with local organizations that share our dedication to community wellness, health drivers and whole-person care for those who experience chronic lack of access and tremendous need.
Financial Support: GivingWorks
In 2020, Blue Cross NC employees donated over $1.4 million to nonprofit organizations of their choice*. Combined with our corporate match, $2.37 million dollars will be directed toward our community, in a time when we need it most.
"During a year of so much change and upheaval, Blue Cross NC employees contributed more to GivingWorks than ever before. We know how critical it is to care for our communities by supporting the organizations that support them. It’s an enduring testament to our focus on the people of our state."
Head of Enterprise Strategy and Innovation, 2020 GivingWorks Chair
*CommunityWorks, Blue Cross NC Volunteer Management Platform
Blue Cross NC employees are quick to answer the call when our neighbors need help. In 2019, they worked 12,035 hours in support of a range of causes.
Sort-A-Rama brings our employees together to package meals for the hungry.
KABOOM! Playground Builds
Employees love building playgrounds for communities underserved due to economic inequality or hard-hit by natural disasters like hurricanes.
Paint the Wall Pink
Employees whose lives have been impacted by breast cancer gather in support of one another, and for a cure at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
We're committed to our diverse communities
North Carolina has a richly diverse population. Believing all North Carolinians should have opportunity to thrive, we intentionally work with organizations that support diverse communities and advocate for equity. Our investments in organizations that promote health and well-being, and our volunteer efforts, seamlessly integrate support of diverse communities in our state.
Apply Now: Arts & Culture Request for Proposals
The arts are key to the health of any community. We're proud to lend support to several visual and performing arts organizations in our home state. Starting in 2021, all arts organizations must apply for funding using this Request for Proposal (RFP) form.
Applications will be accepted March 1 - April 9, 2021.
A healthy economy helps create healthy citizens
We support 18 Chambers of Commerce across the state that help promote a thriving business community – helping existing businesses succeed and attracting new companies to the area.
Volunteering time to help lead local nonprofit organizations is an important way we give to our community, creating greater capacity for groups that are working to improve the health of all North Carolinians.
More than 75% of our company’s officers serve on nonprofit boards of directors across the state*. Several of our employees serve on the Young Leadership board of directors of Ronald McDonald House of Durham & Wake Counties.
*Blue Cross NC Executive Leadership Survey, 2019
Cheryl Parquet, Director, Community and Diversity Engagement, and member of the Board, East Durham Children's Initiative
Our Community and Diversity Engagement Team
This independent, charitable organization focuses its grantmaking and programmatic initiatives on:
- Transforming the health care system, including oral health
- Expanding access to healthy food
- Supporting a healthy start for children
- Improving the places where people live
- Strengthening the ability of communities to improve health
The Commitment to Community is True to Blue
Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) companies do more than insure 1 in 3 Americans. In 2018, BCBS companies made critical investments in healthcare in every ZIP Code across the US. Those efforts are reflected in the BCBS Community Investment Report (pdf).