Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) recently donated $20,000 to the Open Door Mission.

The donation will support the nonprofit in providing shelter and care for men, women and children experiencing homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic, said Candace Gregory, Open Door Mission president and CEO.

“The well-being of our entire community is our top priority,” Gregory said. “BCBSNE’s support will empower Open Door Mission to continue to offer 917 safe shelter beds, nutritious meals, children and youth programming and so much more.”

Demand for the nonprofit’s services, including cleaning products, is currently exceeding supply. Open Door Mission estimates its revenue will decline 5% to 10% over the next six months due to COVID-19, according to the nonprofit’s request for emergency funding.

In addition to making the monetary donation, BCBSNE has donated food items and activities for children, such as coloring books and crayons. The company will also invite employees and their families to create and mail inspirational cards to the shelter.

“The Open Door Mission provides much-needed relief and services to our community,” said Kathy Nellor, BCBSNE health transformation leader. “BCBSNE has a giving tradition, and we’re honored to support the nonprofit and Nebraskans in their time of need.”

To learn more about how BCBSNE supports the community, visit the community engagement tab.

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