Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island’s (BCBSRI) Blue Across Rhode Island annual September day of service got a little bit sweeter for Woonsocket this year, as NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley was selected as a service site for the third time since 2018.
Blue Cross, in its mission to aid essential nonprofit organizations across the state, once again selected NWBRV through a competitive application process as a benefactor in the organization’s annual goal to support Rhode Island’s vibrant statewide community. NWBRV was selected as one of 13 nonprofits to take part in the twelfth annual Blue Across Rhode Islandvolunteer day of service on September 15.
We were thrilled to be able to contribute to the important mission of NeighborWorks – housing and community! Thank you for the opportunity!Greg Lupica, BCBSRI volunteer
Since the inaugural Blue Across RI day in 2012, BCBSRI employees have provided well over 30,000 BCBSRI volunteer hours to selected project sites; placing focus during the day of service on addressing the social and environmental factors that impact the health and well-being of Rhode Islanders.
Thanks to the NeighborWorks team for having us! We had a great time help beautify the properties, and loved meeting some of the residents, as well!John Davia, BCBSRI volunteer
On September 15th, 30 Blue Cross volunteers supported NeighborWorks as the BlueAngels worked across three different locations to beautify and upkeep the Woonsocket properties. At the Main Office, volunteers weeded, trimmed brush, and mulched the garden beds. While at Millrace, Blue Angels landscaped, weeded, installed a weed barrier and mulched. At the C3 Center Waterfront, volunteers cut down the brush, weeded, and installed picnic tables to create a true riverfront classroom for the afterschool program.
“As an organization, over 500 of our associates participated in various projects in RI supporting deserving non-profits!” said BCBSRI manager John Davia. “As participants, we look forward to this day (BEST DAY EVER!) for several reasons. It feels good volunteering to support organizations that have such a positive influence in the health and well-being of Rhode Islanders. It’s also great to see our colleagues in person and be able to catch up with individuals we haven’t had a chance to see in a while.”
NWBRV Director of Resource Development & Communications, Meg Rego, captured our gratitude towards BCBSRI and the annual day of service perfectly, highlighting the hardworking, boots on the ground aspect of the day.
“We’re incredibly grateful to BCBSRI for their hard work and dedication. This team was committed to the cause, worked the full day, making a made a huge impact on our neighborhood and the residents who live here everyday! Our mission wouldn’t be possible without the help, support and commitment of BCBSRI.”Meg Rego, NWBRV