80 Years Strong, Celebrating with a Day of Volunteering

By August 13, 2018December 7th, 2020Community Volunteerism

To celebrate the 80th anniversary of Independence Blue Cross, we were proud to hold our first annual Blue Crew Community Impact Day in June. Community Impact Day exemplifies our company’s mission — to enhance the health and well-being of the people and communities we serve.

Community Impact Day Highlights

Service projects for Community Impact Day were organized by the Blue Crew, our company’s corporate volunteer program.

Nearly 350 associates and interns volunteered 1,200 hours to support this event — this is an in-kind donation of almost $30,000 in time — and participated in 17 projects with 14 area nonprofit organizations that focus on good health and well-being and providing access to nutritious foods.

Here are some highlights of what our volunteers accomplished on Community Impact Day:

Ways to Give Back to the Community

Even if you don’t have a formal organization like the Blue Crew to volunteer with, there are still ways to get involved in your community. Check out online resources like SERVE Philadelphia to find organizations that are a good fit for you. Also keep in mind that summer is a great time to volunteer, as many nonprofit organizations have a shortage of help this time of year.

If you are looking for enthusiastic volunteers for your service project or event, please complete a Blue Crew volunteer request form.

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Steve Fera

About Steve Fera

Steve Fera is senior vice president of public affairs at Independence Blue Cross (Independence). In this role, Mr. Fera leads federal and state government affairs, the Independence Political Action Committee, and community affairs areas. He also oversees the Independence Blue Cross Foundation, a $70 million charitable organization. The IBC Foundation aims to further Independence’s community leadership by leading sustainable solutions to improving the health and wellness of our neighborhoods that can be replicated on a national scale. Since joining Independence in 1990, Mr. Fera has held executive level positions responsible for Medicare Products, CHIP, and other products assisting the low-income and uninsured. Additionally, he has led the development of key community programs. He is a member of the Public Affairs Council Board of Directors, Public Health Management Corporation (PHMC) Board, and the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation Board. Mr. Fera is also a Fellow with America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) and graduate of its Executive Leadership Program. He has a bachelor of science and master of business administration degrees in finance, both from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia.