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IBC Associates Volunteer for United Way Days of Caring Projects in Hunting Park on 9/11

Hundreds of IBC associates also volunteering at seven other regional events on September 29

Philadelphia, PA - September 11, 2010 - It's a day of somber reflection across our country for those lost, injured, or whose lives were forever changed by the terrorist attacks nine years ago. But September 11 is  also National Day of Service and Remembrance, a day designed to unite people to help others, much like the strength and passion that inspired Americans following the 9/11 tragedy.

In honor of this special occasion, hundreds of volunteers, including 50 employees from Independence Blue Cross, will participate in the 18th annual Days of Caring event held today at Hunting Park in North Philadelphia, beginning at 8:30 a.m. The event is hosted by the United Way, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, the Fairmount Park Conservancy, Hunting Park United, and the Office of State Representative Tony Payton.

"I'm pleased and proud to once again see so many people, including many of our Independence Blue Cross associates, selflessly joining together to improve our community through their hard work and dedication," said Joseph A. Frick, IBC president and CEO. "There are few efforts like Days of Caring that make such a notable difference in our neighborhoods in just one day, and one that many people who enjoy this park will benefit from for years to come."

Frick is the United Way 2010 Campaign Chair for southeastern Pennsylvania.

IBC associates will join approximately 650 other corporate and individual volunteers to work on a number of urgent projects at Hunting Park, including revitalizing community garden space, refurbishing ball fields, and painting the interior and exterior of the park's recreation center.

In all, thousands of corporate and community volunteers are expected to participate in hundreds of Days of Caring events this year and next, as part of the United Way's "365 Days of Caring." Since Days of Caring began, 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.

In addition to helping in Hunting Park today, nearly 200 IBC volunteers will participate in the following Days of Caring projects across Philadelphia and parts of New Jersey on Wednesday, September 29:

  • American Red Cross, Philadelphia, PA
  • Cradles to Crayons, Conshohocken, PA
  • MANNA, Philadelphia, PA
  • Klein JCC, Philadelphia, PA
  • Partners for Families, Philadelphia, PA
  • Repauno Pre-School, Gibbstown, NJ
  • VA Home, Edison, NJ

Independence Blue Cross has been involved with the Days of Caring events for 15 years. Last year, hundreds of IBC associates joined 10 Days of Caring projects and completed work in a day that would have taken agencies several days, weeks, or even months to finish.

For each of the last six years, IBC associates have also donated more than $1 million during the annual two-week 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 more than $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 is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

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