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Toddler with rare disease making strides

Two-year-old Giulia DiGiacomo loves being around her two big sisters and playing in the front yard, but right now, she’s all about “Baby,” her aptly named baby doll. Intrigued by a nearby high chair, Giulia loosens her grip, helps settle Baby in, and sets out a multicolored buffet of rubber balls. Moments later, the toddler

By |2019-10-07T09:02:55-05:00September 30th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on Toddler with rare disease making strides

350 BCBSNE employees give back during Day of Caring

In one day, at 30 nonprofit agencies, 350 Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) employees gave back to the community during United Way of the Midlands (UWM) Day of Caring. UWM Day of Caring is an annual volunteer service event pairing corporate teams and individuals with nonprofits in need of assistance. From cleaning

By |2019-09-25T16:34:51-05:00September 26th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , |Comments Off on 350 BCBSNE employees give back during Day of Caring

YP Connect collects more than 400 items for United Way in two hours

The start of football season recently led to a little fall fun in support of the community at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE). The company’s Young Professionals (YP) Connect group hosted its annual tailgating event at Blue Cross Centre. Music, nachos and yard games abounded and more than 400 personal hygiene items,

By |2019-09-12T15:31:24-05:00September 13th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Topics|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on YP Connect collects more than 400 items for United Way in two hours

‘Helping others will always put you on a good path’

Coffees poured and seats taken, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska (BCBSNE) employees recently gathered in a conference room, ready to hear from Rebecca Stavick, executive director of Do Space. Do Space is a nonprofit providing technology access and education. Stavick actively manages Do Space’s relationships, direction and strategy, bringing technology industry leadership and

By |2019-08-26T08:38:43-05:00August 26th, 2019|Categories: Community Engagement, Stories|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on ‘Helping others will always put you on a good path’

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