Blue Cross & Blue Shield of RI to Host Annual Day of Service

Friday, September 19, 2014


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Gus Manocchia, Senior Vice President and Chief Medical Officer at BCBSRI, presenting a $5,000 Blue across Rhode Island project grant to Margaret Knowlton, Head of School at Meeting Street.

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island's third annual company-wide day of community service, Blue across Rhode Island, will focus on local schools.

BCBSRI will provide grant funding and hundreds of volunteers to support initiatives for local schools around the state. The event will be held on Thursday, October 2.

Blue across Rhode Island is BCBSRI’s largest annual volunteer event, with 75 percent of BCBSRI associates participating each year. It has become the largest single-company volunteer day ever recorded in Rhode Island history. In honor of BCBSRI’s 75th anniversary, this year Blue across Rhode Island will focus on the future: Rhode Island’s children. Service sites and activities are focused on organizations that support kids’ health and wellness.

“Keeping kids engaged, healthy, and safe in school aligns closely with Blue Cross’s mission to improve Rhode Islanders’ quality of life by improving their health,” said Carolyn Belisle, Managing Director of Community Relations for BCBSRI. “Since Blue across Rhode Island began three years ago, it has become a tremendously important day for Blue Cross, as a company, and we truly appreciate the collaboration with our community partners to strengthen the state, together.”

Approximately 700 BCBSRI associates, including President and CEO Peter Andruszkiewicz and the executive leadership team, will participate in the day of service. School-based programming activities will include:

· Transforming a blacktop lot into an inspiring play structure at Family Service of Rhode Island at Mary Fogarty Elementary School in South Providence.· Administering Fitnessgram Assessments for all students grades 5-8 at Highlander Charter School in Providence and Warren, a task that would take school staff a full academic year to complete.
· Completing a variety of projects at Meeting Street in Providence.
· Creating a garden, fencing in a play area, and updating a library at D’Abate Elementary School in Providence’s Olneyville.
· Assembling well-kid kits for various out of school time programs across the state.

Since Blue across Rhode Island’s inception three years ago, BCBSRI associates have provided over 7,400 volunteer hours. In addition to volunteers, BCBSRI also provides each organization with a $5,000 grant to put towards purchasing supplies for the volunteer project. Blue across Rhode Island is a signature effort of BCBSRI’s BlueAngel Community Investment program, which supports over 145 local nonprofit organizations each year with financial and in-kind services.

Project site location by city/town:

D’Abate Elementary School
Highlander Charter School
Mary Fogarty Elementary School
Meeting Street

Highlander Charter School

2014 Blue  across Rhode Island projects by location 

Gotta Have Sole Foundation

Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center

Peace Dale
Welcome House of South County

Federal Hill House Association at St. Joseph’s Health Center
Rhode Island Community Food Bank
D’Abate Elementary School
Highlander Charter School
Mary Fogarty Elementary School
Meeting Street

Highlander Charter School

South County Community Action, Inc.

Community Care Alliance

On-Site at 500 Exchange Street, Providence
Well-Baby Kits - for Children's Friend
Well-Kid Kits - for various Providence schools


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