BlueCross TeamBlue volunteers are dedicated to the communities they serve, donating thousands of hours each year to the causes and organizations that matter to them. In June, BlueCross received two awards for corporate citizenship and volunteerism in the Memphis area.
Volunteer Memphis Award
Presented by Volunteer Memphis, a Leadership Memphis initiative that encourages volunteering throughout Memphis and Shelby County, the Volunteer Memphis Awards “recognize individuals, civic groups, nonprofits and companies who represent excellence in volunteerism and make the Mid-South a better place.”
In a ceremony held June 27, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee received the Corporate Citizen Award – Large Company. This award is given to companies with more than 500 employees that “have positively impacted the local community.” The award is intended to recognize companies that demonstrate a commitment to service in the community through outreach and employee engagement.
Other companies nominated for the honor included Horseshoe Casino Tunica, International Paper, Medtronic and Transnetyx.
Memphis employee and TeamBlue volunteer Janice Hubbard was also nominated for the Volunteer of the Year Award.
Volunteer Odyssey Award
On June 5, members of the Volunteer Odyssey team visited our office to present a Year to Volunteer award in recognition of our commitment to the Memphis community. Volunteer Memphis helps promote giving back in the Memphis area by connecting volunteers to their ideal experiences based on their interests, skills and neighborhoods.
The Year to Volunteer initiative was launched in April 2018 in conjunction with MLK50 and the remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy. Its aim is to increase volunteerism in Memphis, which has historically high financial giving but one of the lowest volunteer retention rates in the county. Over the course of a year, more than 500 volunteers, including our own TeamBlue volunteers, contributed more than 87,500 hours to their community.