PROVIDENCE, RI (April 4, 2017) -
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island (BCBSRI) is now accepting
applications from organizations interested in participating in Blue across
Rhode Island, one of the state’s largest annual days of community service. Now
in its sixth year, Blue across Rhode Island provides support to critical
community service organizations working to achieve their important social
missions. Applications will be accepted until April 26, 2017.
Since Blue across Rhode Island’s inception six years ago,
BCBSRI employees have provided more than 18,000 volunteer hours to nonprofit
organizations around the state. In addition to volunteers, BCBSRI also provides
each organization with a $5,000 grant to support expenses incurred for the
volunteer project, totaling $243,000 in funding over the last five years. Blue
across Rhode Island is a core component of BCBSRI’s nationally recognized
employee volunteer program. This year’s Blue across Rhode Island will take
place Friday, September 15, 2017.
“Blue Cross is dedicated to helping Rhode Islanders live the
healthiest lives possible, and we are proud to partner with remarkable
community organizations across the state to amplify their impact,” said Carolyn
Belisle, managing director of Community Relations for BCBSRI. “Our
community partners have told us that the impact of Blue across Rhode Island
manpower and funding has been transformative, and we look forward to expanding
our reach this year.”
Eligible agencies will have missions aligned with BCBSRI’s
own: to improve the lives of all Rhode Islanders by improving their health. In
keeping with Blue across Rhode Island’s historic focus on laying a foundation
of good health for the youngest Rhode Islanders, special consideration will be
given to organizations and projects focused on children. To qualify,
organizations must have tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status. Interested organizations
can find more details and apply online at http://www.cybergrants.com/BCBSRI/BARI by
5:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, 2017.
interested in learning more about the process can also attend an informational
webinar on Tuesday, April 11, at 3:00 p.m. Questions and RSVPs can be directed
to firstname.lastname@example.org by April 10, 2017.