The spirit of volunteerism is embedded in the fabric of our organization. Every day, BCBSIL employees donate their time, talents and resources to causes that are important to them and the organization. In 2013, BCBSIL employees volunteered over 19,000 hours, to support hundreds of community organizations. Some of our events are highlighted below.


Since 2009, BCBSIL has teamed up with KaBOOM!, a national non-profit that envisions a great place to play within walking distance of every child in America. To make that happen, KaBOOM! partners with communities in need to build playgrounds in just one day.

In 2013, we helped build four playgrounds across the state, providing nearly 1,400 children a safe place to play.

Chicago Cares Serve-a-thon

BCBSIL employees have participated in this day of service designed to raise awareness and encourage volunteerism in various activities such as park clean-ups and painting schools. In 2013, nearly 200 volunteers participated in this rewarding event across Chicago.

DCFS Toy Drive

BCBSIL has been a long-time supporter of the annual Department of Children & Family Services (DCFS) Toy Drive. In 2013, BCBSIL donated an array of gifts to make 600 children's wishes come true for the holiday season.

As part of continuing efforts to bring health and wellness messages to a wide variety of communities, BCBSIL also had a presence at diverse events throughout the state, sponsoring the Health and Wellness Village at the African Festival of the Arts, participating in several cultural parades over the summer, and participating in the Illinois State Fair.

The BCBSIL mascot, Blue Bear, often makes appearances at these 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.