Our “Volunteerism at Work” series explores the volunteer culture at Highmark, which is a longstanding component of the company’s mission, vision and values and social mission. The series will cover how Highmark supports employee volunteerism, profile employees who volunteer, and report on events in our communities where Highmark employees pitched in to make a difference.
For some of us, Saturday mornings mean pancakes, PJs and coffee. For others, it means kids’ soccer, little league or swim team. But for many Highmark employees and their families, Saturday Oct. 25 meant taking time to give back, as they joined millions of volunteers across the country taking part in national Make a Difference Day.
Volunteerism is nothing new to Highmark employees. Last year, our employees across Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia logged more than 39,000 hours of volunteer service. But this year was the first time that Highmark as an organization participated in Make a Difference Day, a national day of volunteerism created more than 20 years ago by USA Weekend that has evolved into the country’s largest day of community service.
“It was a great opportunity for our employees to give back on a much larger scale,” said Judi Windom, Highmark senior community affairs analyst. “To collectively be a part of something this large, on a national level, was important.”
All across the regions that Highmark serves, approximately 300 employees and their family members planted trees, pitched in at animal shelters and helped kids find new winter jackets, to name just a few of the organizations and causes helped that day. We volunteered with 25 different organizations, giving our time and in some cases, a little sweat and elbow grease.
In Delaware, I was part of the team that gathered to repaint a house for NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI manages houses like the one our group painted all over the state, as a way to provide permanent, affordable housing for individuals with chronic mental illness.
Here’s a look at some of the other volunteer efforts Highmark employees took part in:
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