Community Involvement

Our Philosophy: Building Healthier Communities

At Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) promoting health and wellness is one of our core business goals, and it drives our community involvement. We're dedicated to helping Illinois be a healthier place to live, work, and play. Here's how:

Understanding What Communities Need

It takes more than a one-time grant or service project to make a lasting difference in the community. So, we seek out, support, and partner with organizations that already understand how to best meet the needs of their community we do what we can to help their programs succeed.

Being There

The best way to help a community is to be an active part of it. BCBSIL has a presence at diverse events throughout the state, sponsoring the Health and Wellness booths, and participating in several ethnic parades over the summer.

Please take a few minutes to review our Social Responsibility Report to see why we continue to be called a "company that cares."

Healthy Kids, Healthy Families Initiative

Healthy Kids, Healthy Families is a three-year initiative by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois to improve the health and wellness of children throughout the state.

Together with partners across three other states, HKHF is designed to reach at least 1 million children and their families by focusing on nutrition education, physical activity, disease prevention and management, and supporting safe environments.

Grant opportunities are available for organizations that align with the focus areas of the initiative.

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Our Giving: Supporting Community Efforts

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois provides financial support to 501(c)(3) organizations in the form of grants or sponsorships. The focus of our grants and sponsorships is to support organizations that promote health and wellness and work with underserved Illinois residents. We offer a grant cycle annually. Our sponsorships are offered throughout the year.

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Our Outreach: Promoting Wellness

To get the message out about health and wellness, BCBSIL runs two major outreach programs and participates in a variety of diverse outreach events.

Childhood Health and Wellness Initiative

BCBSIL spearheads, sponsors, and participates in a number of activities that encourage kids to eat right and be healthy.

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Care Van® Program

BCBSIL's three Care Van mobile clinics canvas the state, partnering with municipal and county health departments who offer services like free immunizations, dental sealants, and lead screenings.

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Blue Corps Employee Volunteers

BCBSIL employees increased their volunteer efforts in 2011, logging more than 11,800 hours of personal volunteer time. BCBSIL also sponsored and had record employee volunteer participation in many local fundraisers and events.

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