Health Care Service Corporation's community involvement is rooted in one of our core values: corporate citizenship. We are committed to the well-being of the communities in which we do business through focused health and wellness efforts. The success of our robust employee volunteer program depends on the many employees who offer their time and talents to support an array of worthwhile causes. Our employee volunteer program is stronger than ever, with more than 6,300 employees volunteering over 107,000 hours in 2015, a 25% growth when compared to 2014. We are inspired every day by our employees’ generosity and dedication to volunteering in our communities.
For more information on our volunteer efforts and other contributions to our communities, please visit our Social Responsibility Report
At the heart of our employee volunteer efforts is our Matching Dollars program. For every volunteer hour that an HCSC employee spends with a community partner, HCSC contributes $20 per hour to the designated organization, up to a total annual contribution of $2,000. In 2015, we gave more than $284,000 to 267 community partner organizations. These relationships are a vital element in achieving our purpose: to do everything in our power to stand with our members in sickness and in health. As such, HCSC supports a diverse representation of community organizations.
If your nonprofit organization is interested in becoming a Community Partner, please review our criteria and application form
Each year, we recognize volunteers from each of our states for meaningful contributions to their communities. Thank you and congratulations to our 2015 Volunteer of the Year award recipients and to all of our employee volunteers for their commitment to improving our communities. To watch inspiring interviews with our Volunteers of the Year, please visit our Social Responsibility Report. To view previous Volunteer of the Year Award winners, visit our awards archive.
Our 2015 HCSC Volunteer of the Year is Edward Renteria, senior manager, Southwest Region Privacy and Legislation, in Richardson. Edward, who has been with HCSC for 20 years, is truly a Blue Role Model. He consistently volunteers at corporate events and programs such as KaBOOM! playground builds; the March of Dimes for Babies Walk; the Heart Walk; Be Covered; Healthy Kids, Healthy Families®; and Blue Bear, to name just a few. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Dallas-Fort Worth Chapter of Gay For Good, where he mobilizes members to assist with social welfare and environmental service projects. Edward has served as a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteer advocating for children from abusive backgrounds and was a Big Brother through the North Texas Big Brothers and Big Sisters organization. He often encourages employees to volunteer and has led many volunteer activities at local nonprofits, including Promise House, a program dedicated to helping homeless youth in Dallas. His commitment and enthusiasm have inspired many employees, friends and family members to get involved. He can often be heard saying, "Come volunteer with me."
This year's Illinois Volunteer of the Year is Greg Else, Client Implementation consultant, in Chicago. For Greg, who has been with the company for 13 years, volunteering and the desire to help others are in his blood. He has been active in the community since he was a child, going with his family to soup kitchens, nursing homes and food pantries to lend a hand. Since joining the company, Greg has become pivotal to our volunteer and community efforts. He co-founded the In-Abled Disability Awareness Business Resource Group and serves as the Illinois chair, and he has coordinated several dozen BCBSIL United Way Celebration of Caring events since 2008 as a project event leader, including helping to coordinate the kickoff of the Employee Giving Campaign. Greg’s proudest accomplishment is bringing the Chicago Cares Serve-a-Thon to BCBSIL. In 2003, he and a few other employees started a grass-roots effort to build a team of 100 BCBSIL employees to participate in the event, and since then, the team has more than tripled. Greg goes above and beyond in his efforts to support his own community as well as BCBSIL’s visibility and impact within the greater Chicago area.
Montana’s Volunteer of the Year is Eddy White, senior database specialist for Montana Information Management. Eddy has been with BCBSMT for 26 years and has taken every opportunity to get involved in helping others. After retiring from the Army National Guard after more than 21 years of service, Eddy missed the comradery and opportunities to serve he had when he was in uniform. So, he has been focused on helping people, especially veterans and their families. Eddy helped establish the BCBSMT chapter of the Supporters of Military Veterans at HCSC Business Resource Group and serves as its president. He has served in leadership positions for American Legion, where he has been involved in planning and coordinating community events, such as the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial Anniversary, refurbishing and maintaining the County Veterans Memorial, and honors at veterans’ funerals. Eddy has also been an active volunteer for the BCBSMT Governor’s Cup for 25 years and has participated in numerous Relay for Life Events as a way to honor loved ones he has lost to cancer and help those who are still fighting. Recently, he joined the board of directors of American Legion Institute of Family Living – Broadwater Village to support lower income members of the Helena community with housing needs.
The New Mexico Volunteer of the Year is Laura Bain, administrative assistant, New Mexico Network Services. Laura, who has been with BCBSNM for almost 19 years, has always been one of the first to volunteer and get actively involved in corporate-sponsored events, such as the American Heart Association Heart Walk, the March of Dimes for Babies Walk, projects put on by the New Mexico Special Olympics and KaBOOM! playground builds. In addition to donating to causes she cares about, she often serves as team captain and leads fundraising activities, exemplifying her leadership abilities. Laura serves her co-workers as a wellness champion and as an Emergency Response Team member. Laura continues to be involved in the community because she strongly believes she should help out when she can.
The 2015 Oklahoma Volunteer of the Year is Kevin Holmes, senior manager of the Oklahoma Business Development and Mobile Assistance Center. Kevin has been with BCBSOK for 26 years and has volunteered with our partners and with nonprofits in his community. He has been the chair of BCBSOK’s Blue Corps committee since 2014, and under his leadership, the Plan has seen a significant increase in employee volunteerism. Kevin has a longstanding personal commitment to mentoring youth and has been an active volunteer for Junior Achievement for 18 years, as well as a youth director at his church for 25 years. He also volunteers with other organizations, including the American Red Cross. His energy and enthusiasm are contagious, and his commitment to serving organizations both within the BCBSOK community and his own community continues to inspire fellow employees and peers to get involved.
Our 2015 Texas Volunteer of the Year is Tawnya Broome, technical release analyst, Portfolio Performance and Release Management, in Richardson. As a board member for the African Americans in Motion Business Resource Group, Tawnya continuously organizes donation drives for school supplies, toys and food. Outside of the company, she is a Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteer, assisting abused and neglected children get placed in a safe, permanent home. Tawnya also volunteers for Promise House, an organization that is dedicated to helping homeless youth, and teaches English as a Second Language classes through the Richardson Adult Literacy Center. Tawnya loves to give back to the community and notes that helping others gives her life. Fellow employees have noted that her energy and passion for volunteering are infectious and inspirational.