Volunteering in Your Community: Make a Difference, Today and Everyday

By October 25, 2019Community
A large group of Blue Crew volunteers waving at the camera.

If you ask anyone what makes Independence Blue Cross a great place to work, chances are they’ll say it’s the people. And, I proudly second that sentiment — our associates make this place pretty special.

For more than 80 years, our associates have been here for our members, customers, and community. They’re dedicated to living our mission of enhancing the health and well-being of the people and communities we serve.

Committed to the Community

As the executive sponsor for the Blue Crew, our corporate volunteer program, I have a firsthand view of our associates’ commitment to the community, and it’s inspiring.

Through their participation in community service projects, the Blue Crew makes a positive impact in the lives of people every day. From assembling meals for vulnerable members of the community to beautifying local parks and memorials to serving as reading coaches to elementary school students, the Blue Crew are passionate about giving back.

In 2018, more than 1,800 Blue Crew volunteers donated more than 15,000 hours in support of 105 nonprofit organizations in our region, and those numbers continue to grow.

Day of Caring

Most recently, our Blue Crew teamed up with City Year for our Day of Caring volunteer event. For this company-wide day of service, more than 300 Blue Crew volunteers signed up to make improvements to the McVeigh Recreation Center in North Philadelphia, including painting murals and fences and improving a community garden and basketball court.

Giving back is an integral part of the culture here at Independence, and this project demonstrated that in a big way. It was humbling and exciting to see so many Blue Crew volunteers come together to donate their time and talent to help spruce up this recreation center for the children of this community.

How Will You Make a Difference?

In honor of National Make A Difference Day (October 26), we celebrate our Blue Crew volunteers, who help make our community a better place to live, work, and play. We also encourage you to make a difference in your community.

With so many people in need throughout our community, the need for volunteers is constant. Answer the call! Sign up to volunteer. You don’t need special skills or a lot of money, just a willingness to help and an open heart.

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.

 

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.