Blue Cross Service Day Powers Mass. Nonprofits to Do Good in their Communities
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BOSTON, Sept. 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ - Today, nonprofits around the Commonwealth will get a powerful helping hand as they engage in important projects that may otherwise not be possible due to staffing or budget limitations.

Actually, 6,400 helping hands. Today, 3,200 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts employees will set out to 55 sites in 32 Massachusetts communities, as the company holds its sixth annual Service Day. This year, each nonprofit was chosen, in part, because of its commitment to the healthy living initiative Blue Cross champions.

Since Service Day's 2011 inception, Blue Cross employees have volunteered nearly 100,000 hours – equivalent to 50 people working full-time for a year. Service Day has grown every year. Today, Blue Cross associates will spend 23,000 volunteer hours taking part in activities such as: beautifying public outdoor spaces, preparing healthy eating kits for families in need and creating safe, accessible play spaces for children. Service Day sites blanket the Commonwealth, spanning from Dorchester to Sharon to Holyoke and beyond.

"Service Day has become part of the fabric of our organization," said Andrew Dreyfus, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts President and CEO. "It has been energizing to witness our cumulative influence within communities over the past six years and incredibly inspiring to see our employees join together so eagerly for the common good. I encourage all companies to consider a day of service as part of their ongoing corporate volunteerism efforts." 

"Service Day has allowed me to step away from my desk and volunteer my time and effort to a community group that just wows me, Old Colony Y – Camp Clark," said Kelly Alvarez, Member Service Representative at Blue Cross. "Their programs are making a real difference in Plymouth, and I'm so happy to be a small part of that work. The fact that I'm able to fulfill my passion for volunteerism on a regular work day really means a lot to me."

Each Service Day nonprofit partner organization will also receive a $5,000 grant to assist in their community-building efforts. These grants, coupled with volunteer hours Blue Cross associates will contribute, brings the total 2016 community contribution on Service Day to upwards of $1 million. Since 2012, Blue Cross has made more than $5 million in Service Day community contributions.

For more information on why Blue Cross is dedicated to its annual Service Day, visit the Service Day website, read the 2015 Corporate Citizenship Report or watch highlights from Service Day 2015.

2016 Service Day community partners and projects:

Community Partner


Project Description

West End House Boys & Girls Club



Help prepare the club for a Health and Wellness program kickoff activity, and perform outdoor beautification project.

Cradles to Crayons



Sort and pack donated items for children in communities across the Commonwealth.

American National Red Cross



Sort food for families in need at the American Red Cross food pantry.


Boston Harbor Now



Clean up Peddocks Island for safe public use.


Camp Harbor View



Winterize the summer camp.


Emerald Necklace Conservancy



Clean up the Emerald Necklace and Franklin Park for public use.


Esplanade Association



Clean up the Esplanade for public use.


Heading Home



Prepare healthy eating kits to be distributed to low-income families.


Pine Street Inn, Inc.



Participate in a Chop A Thon to prepare food for use by the Pine Street Inn healthy meal program.


Room to Grow



Organize donations for distribution to Boston area families in need.


Save the Harbor/Save the Bay



Prepare the beaches for neighborhood residents and visitors from across the city to use and enjoy throughout the fall and winter seasons.  


The Greater Boston Food Bank



Sort and package food donations for distribution statewide.



Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center Inc.



Perform maintenance and cleanup of Outward Bound Education Center.




United South End Settlements



Build raised bed gardens to be used by children in an afterschool healthy eating program.


United Way Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley



Create "Brain Building" kits for children and their families to promote early childhood development.

YouthBuild Boston Inc.



Landscape, paint and perform light carpentry at Paige Academy.


Zoo New England



Paint, weed and mulch the Giraffe Berms and pathways to the exhibits.


Ascentria Care Alliance




Revitalize an outdoor play area at Ruth House, a residential facility for teen moms and children. Build accessible gardens at Emmanuel House, a low-income senior assisted living residence.





Create a safe and healthy environment for veterans through cleanup of indoor and outdoor facilities.


People Making a Difference through Community Service, Inc.



Build science kits out of LEGOS to be used in local classrooms.


Big Sister Association of Greater Boston



Partner with the Boston Housing Authority (BHA) and the staff of the Charlestown Housing Development to create a healthy living environment at Bunker Hill Development. Clean and paint playground, paint a training space, update "No Smoking" signage.


Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester



Beautify an outdoor athletic area.

St. Mary's Center for Women and Children



Clean and organize playrooms, community space and kitchens. Maintain outdoor landscaping.





Build gardens for use by disabled adults.


Crossroads for Kids, Inc.



Paint and prepare cabins for winter activities at Camp Wing.

Old Colony YMCA E. Bridgewater


East Bridgewater

Build an outdoor youth running obstacle course facility.

Family Pantry of Cape Cod



Construct a garden to supplement the food provided by the food pantry.

JoinedForces, Inc.



Perform maintenance and updates on the home of a veteran in need. Revitalize formerly Rebuilding Together Springfield.


Project Just Because, Inc.



Sort and pack donated items for children in communities throughout Central MA and MetroWest regions


Hull Lifesaving Museum



Scrape and paint boats and help to organize museum .

America SCORES New England, Inc. (DBA America SCORES Boston)


Jamaica Plain

Clean and landscape outdoor playing fields at three Boston Public Schools.

Community Servings


Jamaica Plain

Prepare and package meals for distribution.

Playworks Education Energized



Paint and landscape a school playground at a public school in Lawrence.

The Food Project Inc.



Perform farm maintenance and assist with harvest.


Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless



Paint furniture, sort and package books and sort and prepare clothing for distribution.

Magical Moon Foundation



Help to construct a play area for critically and terminally ill children.

Massachusetts Audubon Society, Inc.



Build and maintain accessible trails at Boston Nature Center.

Old Colony YMCA Middleboro



Refurbish fire pit at Camp Yomechas.

YMCA of Greater Boston



Clean up and maintain Ponkapoag camp site.


The Trustees of Reservations


New Bedford

Landscape and maintain public gardens.


Appalachian Mountain Club


North Easton

Perform trail maintenance at Bay Circuit Trail at Borderland State Park.

Old Colony YMCA Plymouth



Build a raised bed garden to be used by children in an afterschool healthy eating program. Build camp games to be used by families and children.

Plimoth Plantation, Inc.



Perform maintenance of indoor and outdoor facilities.

Father Bill's & MainSpring



Clean up indoor and outdoor facilities at Father Bill's Place Shelter.

South Shore YMCA/Germantown Neighborhood Center



Support healthy-eating workshops by preparing fruits and vegetables.




Improve indoor and outdoor areas at an extended day program for youth grades K-7.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston, Inc.



Conduct maintenance of indoor and outdoor facilities.

Salvation Army



Perform general maintenance of Camp Wonderland.

Old Colony YMCA Stoughton



Construct a Sensory Clubhouse to serve as a safe space for children with specific developmental needs. 

Old Colony YMCA Taunton



Build raised bed gardens to be used by children in an afterschool healthy eating program.

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts



Perform property maintenance and updates at Camp Cedar Hill.

YMCA Southcoast- Gleason Branch



Build a storybook-walking trail for campers.

Boys & Girls Club of Worcester



Refresh program spaces for the school year, including painting and cleaning the Club.

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