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School supply “shop” opens at Conestoga Elementary for new year

Checklists in hand, Conestoga Elementary students and their parents recently crossed school supply shopping off their to-do lists in a special “shop” set up by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) employees. BCBSNE, Conestoga’s Adopt-a-School partner, hosts an annual school supply drive for the elementary school. Departments and employees throughout the company collect

By |2019-08-15T16:56:46-05:00August 16th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on School supply “shop” opens at Conestoga Elementary for new year

Lincoln communal garden growing

Squash, bamboo, cucumbers, mushrooms and eggplants are being tended with care by Karen refugees in a first of its kind communal garden in Lincoln. The Karen culture supports the sharing of plots of land and labor for the use of all. “For those who worked in agriculture before immigrating, it builds a comforting connection between

By |2019-07-09T08:53:30-05:00July 12th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Lincoln communal garden growing

Salvation Army volunteer reflects on flood relief, her “little part” in filling a huge need

For Omahan Stacey Quandahl, it was about rising to the occasion in the wake of last spring’s catastrophic flooding in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa. A grandmother of three, she was among thousands of residents who stepped up to help with the relief effort. “I was moved to volunteer because I knew there was such

By |2019-07-01T09:15:50-05:00July 1st, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Stories|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Salvation Army volunteer reflects on flood relief, her “little part” in filling a huge need

Taking action to stop summer reading slide

Summer reading isn’t just a nice to have for children anymore. A Scholastic study shows that younger children and children from low-income families are the most likely to experience a “summer slide” in reading. Each slide they experience can set them further back in school. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) partnered with

By |2019-06-25T13:39:15-05:00June 25th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Taking action to stop summer reading slide

Curiosity and creativity collide at ProtoLab Day Camp

Six Howard Kennedy Elementary School students crowd around a laser cutter at Metropolitan Community College (MCC), cheeks pressed against the glass, eyes glued on the action as the machine etches their custom designed nametags into reality. Ken Heinze, MCC prototype design lab coordinator, steps up and invites the students to open the machine with him.

By |2019-06-18T09:16:44-05:00June 21st, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Curiosity and creativity collide at ProtoLab Day Camp

Omaha Public Schools students with disabilities grow workplace skills at BCC

The Winner’s Circle Café at Blue Cross Centre (BCC) serves more than meals to hungry employees: it serves special needs students from Omaha Public Schools (OPS). Students from Burke High School and South High School in the OPS Work-Based Learning program come to the café with a paraprofessional several days a week during the school

By |2019-06-10T15:19:37-05:00June 15th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Omaha Public Schools students with disabilities grow workplace skills at BCC

After flooding, Danielle Miller thankful for help

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska employee Danielle Miller and her family are back on their feet after losing their home to record-setting Nebraska flooding in March. She's thankful for the many organizations like the United Way of the Midlands for helping her take the first steps to recovery. The agency continues to help

By |2019-05-30T08:58:01-05:00May 30th, 2019|Categories: Articles, Community Engagement|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on After flooding, Danielle Miller thankful for help

Jessie had it all. Then the whisky took over. Without Heart Ministry Center, who knows where she’d be

It’s just before noon on a Monday, and the waiting area at Heart Ministry Center has grown crowded with people needing basic necessities: toothbrushes and toothpaste, deodorant, diapers ... They’ll also receive plenty of kindness and understanding from intake specialist Carlin “Jessie” Green. “Being hospitable and compassionate – just caring about people – is extremely

By |2019-05-28T09:38:06-05:00May 28th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Stories|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Jessie had it all. Then the whisky took over. Without Heart Ministry Center, who knows where she’d be

Protect your business from email compromise

The Better Business Bureau Foundation and its partners recently presented a free program to local companies about how to protect themselves from business email compromise (BEC). The event was held in Omaha at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska. What is BEC? According to the FBI, BEC is a sophisticated scam targeting businesses that

Winside Wildcats win Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska physical education grant

In the rolling corn and bean fields of northeastern Nebraska, the Wildcats are the heart and soul of Winside. Nearly 200 kids, preschool through 12th grade, attend the school in the town of 417 residents. When head volleyball coach Teresa Watters signed the school up to participate in the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of

By |2019-05-10T09:45:29-05:00May 10th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Winside Wildcats win Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska physical education grant