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The Life House is a dual force in critical time of need for diapers and food

Tegan Reed, executive director of The Life House, still has that valentine – the red crayon drawing of a heart, the carefully-placed Minion stickers, and a young girl’s handwritten message: “You are the best.” “She handed it to me with a huge smile and a big hug. It really struck me because, to her, we

By |2020-03-23T12:02:33-05:00March 24th, 2020|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on The Life House is a dual force in critical time of need for diapers and food

Omaha retiree takes the wheel, travels Nebraska improving children’s lives

Joining the world’s largest service organization 40 years ago was a natural fit for Omahan Allen Darell. “We serve” – the motto of Lions Clubs International – is his motto, too. “Service fulfills me,” he says. “It’s really what makes me who I am.” For more than 2½ years now – ever since retiring from

By |2020-03-10T16:33:57-05:00March 9th, 2020|Categories: Community Engagement, Stories|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Omaha retiree takes the wheel, travels Nebraska improving children’s lives

BCBSNE volunteers connect with local students through Careerockit

Curated, hands-on learning experiences. That’s what Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) volunteers recently provided to approximately 250 local high school students through Careerockit. Careerockit is a Greater Omaha Chamber initiative connecting students and young adults with community partners who host learning opportunities. BCBSNE has participated in Careerockit for four years. For 2020,

By |2020-02-21T09:20:54-06:00February 25th, 2020|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE volunteers connect with local students through Careerockit

BCBSNE ranks eighth in top corporate blood donors in Omaha, Lincoln

Four times a year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) swaps out tables and chairs in its largest conference room for beds and medical equipment brought in by the American Red Cross. Mobile blood drives, like those BCBSNE hosts, account for the majority of donations the organization collects, Teri Vitallo, American Red Cross

By |2020-02-12T10:36:39-06:00February 14th, 2020|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE ranks eighth in top corporate blood donors in Omaha, Lincoln

Project Houseworks’ volunteers save the day and possibly a life

Ever since Clara Walls moved into her home more than 45 years ago, her front porch has served as a welcoming conduit for countless friends and loved ones. The leaky roof was disheartening. Walls couldn’t afford it fix it. But, even then, that seasoned porch connected her to another life-saving relationship. “I would never have

By |2020-01-30T14:54:38-06:00February 4th, 2020|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Project Houseworks’ volunteers save the day and possibly a life

Partnership with AIM, volunteers support local tech community

Corey McCallan originally planned to become a teacher. “That was my career path early on,” he said. Though he ultimately pursued a different path, McCallan found opportunities to share his knowledge with students as an Agile project manager at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE). McCallan and many of his information services department

By |2020-01-27T13:23:20-06:00January 29th, 2020|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Partnership with AIM, volunteers support local tech community

Spirit of holidays continues with Adopt-A-Family support

The spirit of the holidays shined at Blue Cross Blue Shield Nebraska (BCBSNE) in 2019 as employees continued the company’s almost two-decades-long tradition of adopting families and seniors through the Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family program. Various departments, and even entire floors, adopted families and seniors and set out to give them a great holiday. Each group

By |2020-01-07T09:40:37-06:00January 6th, 2020|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Spirit of holidays continues with Adopt-A-Family support

Gifts for Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family program fulfill late sister’s wish ‘to do more’

Yes, Omaha, there is a Santa Claus. We can catch glimpses of him all around us, winking in the reflections of those who revel in committing brazen acts of kindness this time of year. Jeanne Layendecker is one of them, inspired and empowered by another cheerful giver, her big sister, Terri Hinton. “Terri and I

By |2019-12-23T08:42:15-06:00December 24th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Community Engagement|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Gifts for Salvation Army’s Adopt-A-Family program fulfill late sister’s wish ‘to do more’

Holiday tradition inspires 13 years of giving

Bob Basile and his friends used to exchange gifts for the holidays. One year, they started a new tradition, swapping presents for donations to support Channel 94.1’s annual diaper drive for Lydia House, the Open Door Mission’s women’s shelter. “You know that old saying about giving being better than receiving?” Basile said. “It’s true.” After

By |2019-12-17T16:08:58-06:00December 19th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Holiday tradition inspires 13 years of giving

Annual bell ringing tradition continues at BCBSNE

Red aprons donned and bells in hand, 47 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) employees recently volunteered to support the Salvation Army’s Red Kettle Campaign. BCBSNE employees volunteer annually for the campaign, which helps fund Salvation Army programs year-round. Some volunteers, such as Cara Jacobson, BCBSNE product manager, are seasoned bell ringing experts.

By |2019-12-16T13:09:08-06:00December 17th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Annual bell ringing tradition continues at BCBSNE