Recognizing BCBSOK volunteers and their impact in our communities

Every April, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) employees participate in National Volunteer Week.

National Volunteer Week is headed by the Point of Life Foundation and was created to recognize and thank volunteers who lend their time, talent, voice and support to causes they care about in our community.

National Volunteer Week is chance to reflect on the impressive impact BCBSOK’s dedicated employees have on the community and to help engage employees who are looking for a way to plug in to a community group. The week-long celebration at BCBSOK highlights the many paths to volunteering that are available with company support.

BCBSOK supports causes in our community through the employee’s volunteer time, financial aid and leadership support in the form of board and committee volunteers from the company.

This year, Oklahoma City employees focused on Special Care, Inc., a nonprofit serving children.  Special Care supports children through year-round, high-quality early childhood education, specialized care and on-site therapeutic services for those with special needs. Our employees organized an art supply drive for a classroom, hosted a lunch and learn with Special Care’s therapy dogs, Nacho and Costa; and learned more about Special Care’s programs. Employees also volunteered at the school and learned how our Healthy Kids, Healthy Families® initiative supports organizations like Special Care.

 

National Volunteer Week is chance to reflect on the impressive impact BCBSOK’s dedicated employees have on the community and to help engage employees who are looking for a way to plug in to a community group.

In Tulsa, we celebrated  National Volunteer Week by volunteering at  Domestic Violence Intervention Services to  assemble toiletry bags and learn how DVIS helps individuals through relocation support, counseling, legal support and medical assessments.

For Tulsa’s Emergency Infant Services’ citywide baby shower, employees collected diapers and other baby essentials for the nonprofit that provides basic needs and help for children five and under.

Tulsa employees also hosted a spring plant sale with plants grown and sold by clients of A New Leaf Tulsa.  This non-profit offers vocational and residential services to individuals with developmental disabilities to increase their independence and individual choices. Proceeds from the sales benefit the organization.

Several Tulsa employees also purchased plants and flowers for a volunteer team project to freshen up the campus of Clarehouse, a nonprofit that provides a loving home, quality end-of-life care and access to hospice services to people in need.