Our employees are the face and the heart of our organization.

They represent the best of what Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is about. We are proud to support our employees' volunteer efforts and organize opportunities for them to give back, whether packing supplies at a food bank or making beds at a homeless shelter.

Our volunteer spirit didn't go unnoticed — we were proud to be included among those named to The Civic 50. Civic 50 is an initiative of Points of Light in partnership with Bloomberg LP, which honors the 50 most community-minded companies in the nation each year as determined by an annual survey. By sharing the best practices of community engagement and benchmarking companies against each other, The Civic 50 presents a roadmap for how companies are using their time, skills and other resources to improve the quality of life in their communities.

In 2014, BCBSIL employees volunteered 39,000 hours to support more than 1,300 community organizations.

Some of our volunteer events are highlighted below:


Since 2009, BCBSIL has teamed up with KaBOOM!to build 23 playgrounds all around the state. KaBOOM! is a national non-profit that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America.

In 2015, employees from Chicago, Downers Grove, Springfield and Quincy traveled to Decatur to build a playground at the Old King's Orchard Community Center.

Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon

BCBSIL employees participate yearly in this day of service designed to raise awareness and encourage volunteerism around Chicago. In 2015, 350 volunteers helped clean up parks, paint schools and other rewarding activities.

DCFS Toy Drive

BCBSIL has been a long-time supporter of the annual Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) Toy Drive. Each holiday season employees donate gifts to make the wishes of hundreds of children come true. We also have a team that volunteers at the holiday party to hand out the gifts to the children.

The BCBSIL mascot, Blue Bear, often makes appearances at these and many other events.

In addition, BCBSIL encourages and supports staff members serving on the boards of 501(c)(3) organizations and offers matching dollars to organizations where employees log volunteer hours.

Should you have questions about our volunteer program, please email Shelley Long, Volunteer & Community Engagement Specialist.