Monday, September 14, 2009

Highmark Inc. Awards $7,500 to 15 Nonprofits Chosen by Employees

PITTSBURGH — Highmark Inc. recently awarded $7,500 in grants to 15 nonprofit organizations in Pennsylvania and beyond to assist programs supported by its employees' volunteerism efforts. The grants were awarded through Highmark's Employee Volunteer Grant Program, which reinforces the company's appreciation for employees who volunteer their time and services to help local organizations carry out their missions in the community.

Highmark recognizes that its employees know best the most pressing needs of the agencies where they volunteer. Through this program, employee volunteers are invited to apply for a $500 grant to support the institute with which they volunteer.

The grants are generally given to organizations that do not already receive significant contributions through Highmark's corporate giving program. Nonprofits are eligible to receive one grant per year through the program.

The following organizations received grants through Highmark's Employee Volunteer Grant Program during the second quarter of 2009.

Children's Grief Center of New Mexico (Albuquerque, New Mexico)
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Society for Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (Allegheny County, Pennsylvania)
Historical Society of East Pennsboro (Cumberland County, Pennsylvania)
The Volunteer Center (Cumberland County, Pennsylvania)
BARAK, Incorporated (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania)
Boy Scouts of America (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania)
Progessive Education of Children in the Arts Network, Inc. (Dauphin County, Pennsylvania)
Philhaven Behavorial Health Care Services (Lebanon County, Pennsylvania)
ISMRD-Rock4Dakotah Local Chapter (Los Angeles, California)
Child Care Information Services, Inc. (Northampton County, Pennsylvania)
Girl Scouts of America (Perry County, Pennsylvania)
Mt. Gilead United Methodist Church (Perry County, Pennsylvania)
Paw Prints Dog Sanctuary (Perry County, Pennsylvania)
Keystone Area Council Boy Scouts of America (York County, Pennsylvania)

As one of the leading health insurers in Pennsylvania, Highmark Inc.'s mission is to provide access to affordable, quality health care enabling individuals to live longer, healthier lives. Based in Pittsburgh, Highmark serves 4.8 million people through the company's health care benefits business. Highmark contributes millions of dollars to help keep quality health care programs affordable and to support community-based programs that work to improve people's health. Highmark exerts an enormous economic impact throughout Pennsylvania. A recent study states that Highmark's positive impact exceeded $2.5 billion. The company provides the resources to give its members a greater hand in their health.

Highmark Inc. is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association, an association of independent Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans.

Encouraging your employees to get involved in the community by supporting their cause of choice is a great way to incorporate philanthropy into the culture of your company. Additionally, it shows support for your employees, as well as gives them a voice and provides them with an opportunity to highlight what is important to them.

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