MEDIA ADVISORY/PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

(9.25.2012)
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WHAT:

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (Blue Cross) will hold its first day of community service, Blue across Rhode Island, as part of its BlueAngel Community Outreach platform.

More than 700 employees will contribute in excess of 3,200 volunteer hours in a single day, supporting more than twenty Rhode Island nonprofits in efforts to help make a special impact within our communities.

 

The BlueAngel Community Outreach Program provides the foundation for Blue across Rhode Island.  Past BlueAngel activity highlights include:

  • The BlueAngel Community Health Grant program, which has contributed over $1,909,000 to 43 organizations and has touched the lives of 191,000 Rhode Islanders since 2002
  • 3,500 total employee volunteer hours at 27 organizations in 2011
  • $1.1 million in charitable contributions in 2011
  • Approximately $50,000 in-kind donations annually

 

WHO:

Approximately 700 Blue Cross employees, including President and Chief Executive Officer Peter Andruszkiewicz, will spend their day at various agencies across Rhode Island.  Peter will be volunteering at the Highlander Charter School, 42 Lexington Avenue, Providence from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  He will then visit other volunteer sites throughout the state in the afternoon.

 

WHEN:

Thursday, September 27, 2012, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

 

WHERE:

Various project sites across the state have been selected (see full site list below)

 

SITE LIST

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island

On-site project for employees who can not leave the building

500 Exchange Street

Providence, RI 02903

 

Boys & Girls Club of East Providence
Painting
115 Williams Avenue
East Providence, RI 02914

 

Clinica Esperanza / Hope Clinic

Health Fair

60 Valley Street
Providence, RI 02909

 

Crossroads Rhode Island (Kingstown Crossing Apartments)

Landscaping

40 Navy Drive
North Kingstown, RI 02852

 

Farm Fresh RI (Confreda Farm)
Gleaning

2150 Scituate Avenue
Hope, RI 02831
 

Gloria Gemma Breast Cancer Resource Foundation

Landscaping

Reserve Center (USARC)
Asylum Road

Bristol, RI 02809

 

Highlander Charter School

Health Fair

42 Lexington Avenue
Providence, RI 02907

 

Jonnycake Center of Peace Dale

Store Makeover

1231 Kingstown Road

Peace Dale, RI 02879

 

Progreso Latino

Painting

626 Broad Street
Central Falls, RI 02888

 

Rhode Island Free Clinic

Filing

655 Broad Street
Providence, RI 02907

 

Shape Up RI (Calcutt Middle School)

Health Fair

112 Washington Street

Central Falls, RI 02863

 

Thundermist Health Center

Miscellaneous Volunteering (preparing for annual duck race, setting up for farmer’s market)

186 Providence Street
West Warwick, RI 02893

 

Tri-town Community Action Agency

Landscaping and Painting

33 Maple Avenue
North Providence, RI 02911

 

If you plan on visiting one of the sites for a press opportunity, please contact Sara Beth Labanara at 401-459-1714 prior to the event.  That way we’ll be able to better coordinate your time.

 

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island is the state’s leading health insurer and covers more than 600,000 members.  The company is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.  For more information, visit BCBSRI.com and follow us on Twitter @BCBSRI.

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