Independence Blue Cross (IBX) joined Philadelphians and all Americans in honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by sponsoring and participating in community service activities through the 29th annual Greater Philadelphia Martin Luther King Day of Service organized by Global Citizens on January 15.
Independence President and CEO Gregory E. Deavens joined Philadelphia and Pennsylvania leaders, including Governor Josh Shapiro, United States Senator Bob Casey, and Philadelphia Mayor Cherelle Parker at the opening ceremony at Girard College. Girard hosts the region’s oldest and largest commemoration of this important day. This year’s event was especially significant because it recognizes the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.
This year’s signature volunteer projects focused on gun violence and voting rights. IBX associates created voter registration packets and wrote thank you notes to poll workers with the Committee of 70. In addition to volunteering with Global Citizens, Blue Crew volunteers also volunteered at Cradles to Crayons, sorting clothing donations.
Deavens also attended the annual National Bell Ringing Ceremony at the Liberty Bell Center, where Independence Blue Cross Foundation President Lorina Marshall-Blake delivered an opening prayer. This annual event is hosted by the Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Nonviolence, Inc.
Independence, which celebrated its 85th anniversary in 2023, has a longstanding record of service to the community. In 2023, the company had nearly1,500 participants in its Blue Crew volunteer program, providing about 6,800 hours for the benefit of 67 nonprofit organizations across the Greater Philadelphia region.