In 2018, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Mexico (BCBSNM) donated more than $1.2 million in community grants and sponsorships to help improve the health and wellness of New Mexicans.
BCBSNM collaborated with nearly 140 community partners across the state. In addition, BCBSNM employees donated more than 10,000 volunteer hours to a wide variety of organizations in the community.
“We invest in our communities and families to make an impact on the health and social challenges facing our state,” said Janice Torrez, associate vice president of external affairs and chief of staff. “We value the partnerships we have with our community partners to extend our reach in helping New Mexicans.”
Examples of BCBSNM’s 2018 community impact include:
- $50,000 to HopeWorks’ HopeFound program to provide housing assistance and case management for 5 families with children experiencing homelessness. The program paid for up to 6 months of rent while preparing families to take over their own rent payments.
- $60,000 to Roadrunner Food Bank to continue funding mobile food pantries at 11 schools and 2 senior centers as part of the Food Bank’s Childhood Hunger Initiative and Senior Hunger Initiative.
- $25,000 to First Choice Community Healthcare to help individuals and families manage or prevent chronic health conditions through nutritional cooking classes and affordable access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
- $15,000 to Abrazos Family Support Services for a community-based health and wellness program that helped support children with developmental delays and disabilities to improve physical, social, emotional and communication skills.