Volunteers give back to their communities

BCBSNM employees volunteer time and money to help make a difference in the lives of New Mexicans.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) employee volunteers, also known as Blue CorpsSM volunteers, put in a full workweek assisting our members. And they also generously volunteer their personal time to help their fellow New Mexicans.

Michelle Hawthorne, a Blue Corps AmbassadorSM, and her loyal group of volunteers start preparing boxes of food early on Saturday mornings for Silver Horizons’ senior population. Doug Anaya, 2017 BCBSNM Volunteer of the Year, and his motorcycle ministry deliver more than 350 meals each weekend to people experiencing homelessness. Add to the mix the many BCBSNM employees who choose to spend an evening sorting school supplies for our annual Operation Back to School deliveries.

In 2017, our employees volunteered more than 11,000 hours to a wide variety of organizations and causes. A small sample of what Blue Corps volunteers accomplished in 2017 includes:

  • Through our Operation Back to School campaign, BCBSNM employees raised $15,000 to purchase more than 29,000 schools supplies that were delivered to 18 Title I elementary schools throughout the state. “Having the right tools for learning can make a big difference in being prepared and confident when a child starts school,” said Janice Torrez, divisional vice president of external affairs and chief of staff. “Our employees helped make the difference for many students.”
  • On the second Saturday of each month — also known at Silver Horizons as “Blue Cross and Blue Shield Saturday” — Blue Corps volunteers sorted food, packed food boxes and assisted seniors with their shopping. Silver Horizons is an organization working to provide extra help for older adults with limited income in the greater Albuquerque metro area.
  • BCBSNM employees helped raise more than $20,000 for the American Cancer Society’s annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk in October. Employees organized salad bar lunches, sold grab bags and salsa and held silent auctions to raise the funds. “Our employees understand that breast cancer impacts our members, coworkers and families. We need to help provide funds for research and patient assistance,” stated Cynthia Baldonado, senior manager of community relations at BCBSNM.

In 2017, our employees volunteered more than 11,000 hours to a wide variety of organizations and causes.

Each year, BCBSNM recognizes one employee volunteer who exemplifies the spirit of giving back to the community. Doug Anaya, a care coordinator for BCBSNM Medicaid members, was named the 2017 Volunteer of the Year for his selfless work heading up a motorcycle ministry that provides food, clothing and shelter to people experiencing homelessness. The ministry, which was started by Anaya and his family, has grown to 50 volunteers who lend a hand every Saturday evening.

BCBSNM’s philanthropic investments, combined with the dedication of our Blue Corps volunteers, help many organizations doing worthwhile work for our state.

Watch these videos to learn more about Operation Back to School and our Volunteer of the Year.