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IBC Associates Volunteer for 18th Annual United Way Days of Caring

More than 325 Company Employees Participate in Ten Events

Philadelphia, PA - September 17, 2009 - It's exhausting work, but you'll rarely hear  complaints from the hundreds of Independence Blue Cross associates who participate in the United Way's annual Days of Caring. They may be tired and even a bit sore the next day from  hours spent painting, repairing, and cleaning to make their community a better place, but beaming with the satisfaction that comes with helping others in need.

More than 325 volunteers from the Independence Blue Cross (IBC) Family of Companies are participating in 10 different projects across Philadelphia, parts of New Jersey, and in Florida as part of the 18th annual United Way Days of Caring event held today and on Saturday, September 26. IBC associates are joining more than 3,000 people, including individuals as well as other company employees from throughout the region, who volunteered at 122 Days of Caring projects.

“The United Way Days of Caring brings together thousands of people each year, all with a similar mission to make a tangible difference in their community,” said Joseph A.  Frick, IBC president and CEO and a regional co-chair for this year's Days of Caring. “It energizes me year after year to see so many of our associates come out and show their commitment and love for their communities and the people who live there in such a meaningful and compassionate way.”

IBC associates are volunteering at the following locations. All projects were held on September 17, except for the event at the People's Emergency Center, which will take place on September 26.

  • American Red Cross, Philadelphia, PA
  • Boy Scouts of America, Millville, NJ
  • CARIE,(Center for Advocacy for the Rights and Interests of the Elderly)
  • Carousel House, Philadelphia, PA
  • Cradles to Crayons,  Horsham, PA
  • Kamp Kiddie Keep Well, Edison, NJ
  • MANNA, Philadelphia, PA
  • Peoples' Emergency Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Philadelphia Senior Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • Piccoli Recreation Center, Philadelphia, PA
  • St. Catherine Laboure Manor, Jacksonville, FL

Independence Blue Cross has been involved with the Days of Caring events for nearly 15 years. Last year, hundreds of IBC associates joined 11 Days of Caring projects and completed work in a day that would have taken agencies several days, weeks, or even months to finish.

For the last five years, IBC associates have also donated more than $1 million during the annual two-week fall United Way fundraising campaign. With the company's dollar-for-dollar match, IBC has been a corporate leader in United Way giving.  Since 1994, IBC and its associates have donated nearly $25 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 3.3 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 supports comprehensive health care reform that would extend coverage to all Americans, reduce costs, and improve quality. We also advocate reform that builds on the current employer-based system that currently serves 170 million Americans. Learn more about our views on health care legislation now working its way through Congress by visiting our website.

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