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Independence Blue Crew plans active National Volunteer Week

Photo of Blue Crew volunteers smiling while packing boxes of canned food at Share Food Program Location

Philadelphia, PA — April 8, 2019 — Members of the Independence Blue Cross (Independence) Blue Crew, the company’s associate volunteer group, will be out in full force in celebration of National Volunteer Week, (April 7-15) which recognizes American volunteerism and the passionate people across the nation who dedicate their time and talents to serving others.

Nearly 230 Independence associates are planning to volunteer to support projects dedicated to community health, children, and community improvement. The projects this year include:

  • Monday, April 8:  Ronald McDonald House, New Brunswick, N.J., 4 – 6 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 9: Ronald McDonald House, Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, 5 – 7:30 p.m.
  • Tuesday, April 9: Cradles to Crayons, onsite at Independence headquarters, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 10: Support Center for Child Advocates’ Benefit Reception, The Crystal Tea Room, Philadelphia, 5 – 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 11: Philly Reads Executive Storytelling, onsite at Independence headquarters, 12 – 1 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13: Share Food Program, Philadelphia, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 13: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Big Climb Philly, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

For the third straight year, Blue Crew volunteer participation reached an all-time high in 2018. In the past year, over 1,800 Blue Crew volunteers donated more than 15,000 hours in support of 105 nonprofit organizations in our region. In total, the Blue Crew participated in more than 350 different service projects. The value of volunteer time contributed is equivalent to $371,000, according to The Independent Sector, a coalition of nonprofits, foundations, and corporate giving program.

From 2017 to 2018, Blue Crew volunteer participation increased 31 percent. Since 2015, volunteer participation has increased by 95 percent.

“For more than eight decades, Independence has served our community as a health insurer committed to improving the health and well-being of its members, and as a dedicated corporate citizen,” said Steve Fera, senior vice president Public Affairs at Independence. “Our Blue Crew is one of the region’s most visible and highly engaged group of corporate volunteers. The appreciation our associates have for giving back to their community is an important part of what makes Independence special and respected.”