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KETV Family Festival provides family-friendly fun despite snow and ice

Snow and ice blanketed Omaha over the weekend, but the weather didn’t put a damper on the family-friendly fun at the KETV Family Festival Sunday, Dec. 2. The KETV Family Festival, an Omaha Holiday Lights Festival event, offered community members free entrance to five local attractions, including the Omaha Children’s Museum, Omaha Police Mounted Patrol

By |2018-12-05T09:33:37+00:00December 5th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on KETV Family Festival provides family-friendly fun despite snow and ice

Suicide prevention initiative ‘crucial’ to rural area with limited mental health services

Carolyn Petersen discovered years ago that a listening ear and a steady, compassionate voice can save a life. “I had a young mother call me,” recalls Petersen, of Valentine, Nebraska. “She had gathered some pills, and she was going to kill herself.” An emergency services dispatcher in New York at the time, Petersen did what

By |2018-11-26T08:40:21+00:00November 26th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Suicide prevention initiative ‘crucial’ to rural area with limited mental health services

Omaha Holiday Lights Festival sponsored by Blue Cross

The 19th season of Omaha’s Holiday Lights Festival will kick off on Thanksgiving with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) as presenting sponsor once again. Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert. As in years past, the lights will be turned on Thanksgiving evening. There will be six weeks of activities including ice skating

By |2018-11-14T13:57:41+00:00November 14th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Omaha Holiday Lights Festival sponsored by Blue Cross

BCBSNE employees share annual United Way campaign experiences

At Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, (BCBSNE) October kicks off the annual United Way fundraising campaign. Festivities, food and fun abound, but giving back to the community stays top of mind through it all. For more than 30 years, BCBSNE has raised funds for United Way of the Midlands, a nonprofit organization dedicated

By |2018-11-02T13:25:08+00:00November 2nd, 2018|Categories: Articles, Community Engagement|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on BCBSNE employees share annual United Way campaign experiences

New Blue Cross-backed Crimestoppers reward first of its kind in country

An enhanced $5,000 reward is now being offered by Omaha Crimestoppers for tips leading to the arrests of opioid dealers, after a contribution from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. The reward is the first of its kind in the country. Law enforcement officials from the State of Nebraska, Douglas County and

By |2018-11-05T13:16:45+00:00November 1st, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Stories|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on New Blue Cross-backed Crimestoppers reward first of its kind in country

Stepdaughter’s diagnosis, staggering statistics compel Omahan to join breast cancer fight

Odds are you’ve encountered the bully or know someone who has. Incorrigible and unrelenting, it pummels without prejudice, hovering over its marks with that snarling taunt: “Have you had enough yet?” Omaha’s Karen Crawford has had enough. “We want to find a cure for this disease. It’s a horrible disease,” she says. “One in eight

By |2018-10-29T10:06:32+00:00October 29th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Stepdaughter’s diagnosis, staggering statistics compel Omahan to join breast cancer fight

Expanded tuition reimbursement program places higher education in reach

The addition of the Bellevue University Learning Advantage (BULA) program to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska’s (BCBSNE) tuition reimbursement benefits places higher education in reach for more employees. BULA, rolled out June 1 in partnership with Bellevue University (BU), builds on the tuition reimbursement opportunities available to eligible part-time and full-time BCBSNE employees.

By |2018-10-17T09:46:58+00:00October 24th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Expanded tuition reimbursement program places higher education in reach

Older Nebraskans taking control of health with YMCA assist

Larry Newill is actively working to keep his Type 2 diabetes in check. Aletheir Evans is now in the habit of monitoring her own blood pressure. Both say their quality of life is improving – and the “why” can be traced back to the Y. Throughout the state, older Nebraskans are taking control of their

By |2018-10-22T09:58:48+00:00October 22nd, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Older Nebraskans taking control of health with YMCA assist

Giving back in a small way

What drew more than 1,000 volunteers from 30 local companies to 44 non-profit agencies to work on 90 different projects -- all in one day? The answer: United Way of the Midlands 2018 Day of Caring. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska, my employer, has participated for many years since the annual event began

By |2018-10-10T11:06:09+00:00October 10th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Giving back in a small way

Hastings College students keep Bronco Bikes program growing, pedaling forward

Daniel Mastrobuono has to put the brakes on our interview. Another rush of Hastings College schoolmates just walked into the Bronco Bikes shop on campus, and the senior business major needs to get them rolling. “I got through 40 bikes in the first two pickups and then about 35 in the last two days,” he

By |2018-09-24T08:53:03+00:00September 24th, 2018|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Hastings College students keep Bronco Bikes program growing, pedaling forward