IBC associates volunteer for United2Feed, United Way Days of Caring event on September 9
Hundreds of associates also volunteering at seven other regional events on September 28
Philadelphia, PA - September 9, 2011 - One hundred associates from Independence Blue Cross will participate in the 19th annual Days of Caring event held today at the University of Pennsylvania's Grays Ferry campus, beginning at 9 a.m. The event is hosted by the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania, in collaboration with Greater PhillyCares, the University of Pennsylvania, and nonprofit community food providers. Independence Blue Cross is a presenting sponsor of Days of Caring.
This year's event, United2Feed, breaks from the traditional Days of Caring large-scale beautification/environmental projects by focusing on providing food and raising awareness about the crisis of hunger facing our community's children and families. IBC associates will join nine other corporate sponsors and 500 volunteers who will collect, sort, and box meals for delivery to needy individuals and families. According to the United Way, the project's goal is to create 5,000 meal kits which will provide 60,000 meals to 20,000 individuals throughout the Philadelphia region.
"We're excited to once again be a presenting sponsor for Days of Caring and pleased that so many of our associates have eagerly volunteered to help with today's important event that will provide much-needed food to thousands of hungry people in our region, as well as other community projects later in the month," said Daniel J. Hilferty, IBC president and CEO. "We're very proud of the strong partnership we've had with the United Way for nearly two decades and commend its leadership and applaud the thousands of volunteers who selflessly give their time and energy to make our region a better place to live."
Since Days of Caring began in 1993, nearly 33,000 people have made a difference in our community by helping agencies with thousands of projects during United Way's Days of Caring. Once an annual two-day event, United Way has turned Days of Caring into a year-round effort to advance the common good through corporate volunteerism.
In addition to helping at the United2Feed event today, more than 200 IBC volunteers will participate in the following Days of Caring projects across the region on Wednesday, September 28:
- American Red Cross, Philadelphia, PA
- Cradles to Crayons, Conshohocken, PA
- Devereux, Malvern, PA
- MANNA, Philadelphia, PA
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Philadelphia, PA
- Philadelphia Senior Center, Philadelphia, PA
- SMITH Play Place, Philadelphia, PA
- The Arc of Gloucester County, Newfield, NJ
- Better Beginnings, Hightstown, NJ
Independence Blue Cross has been involved with the Days of Caring events for 16 years. Last year, hundreds of IBC associates volunteered in beautification projects at the signature Days of Caring site at Hunting Park in North Philadelphia and at seven other sites throughout the region.
In addition, nearly 80 percent of IBC associates participated in the 2010 United Way fundraising campaign, donating more than $730,000. With the company's dollar-for-dollar contributions, IBC has been a corporate leader in United Way giving. Since 1994, IBC and its associates have donated more than $26 million to the United Way of Southeastern Pennsylvania.
About Independence Blue Cross
Independence Blue Cross is a leading health insurer in southeastern Pennsylvania. Nationwide, Independence Blue Cross and its affiliates provide coverage to nearly 3.1 million people. For more than 70 years, Independence Blue Cross has offered high-quality health care coverage tailored to meet the changing needs of members, employers, and health care professionals. Independence Blue Cross's HMO and PPO health care plans have consistently received the highest ratings from the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Independence Blue Cross is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.