PITTSBURGH (April 18, 2017) — For nearly 80 years, the companies which today comprise the Highmark Health organization have demonstrated a strong and continuing commitment to the community. An important component of this commitment is Highmark Health's employee volunteers who are dedicated to giving back to their local communities. In 2016, Highmark Health employees logged tens of thousands of volunteer hours throughout their communities in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Delaware.
"Our employees are our company's greatest asset. They not only give 100 percent to their jobs, but they also go above and beyond by supporting community programs," said Evan Frazier, senior vice president of community affairs, Highmark Health. "Our spirit of employee volunteerism is alive and contagious with thousands of hours committed to programs each year that assist nonprofit organizations in the communities where we do business."
Highmark Health increased its community involvement in recent years through several programs that not only promote employee ownership of volunteering, but also recognize employees for their volunteer efforts. In addition to a unique grant program which provides funds to nonprofits through employee volunteers who know first-hand the most pressing needs of the organizations, employees are also given a paid day off each year to volunteer at a service project in their community. The company also annually distinguishes and honors outstanding employee volunteers through the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, and participates in national Make a Difference Day and the United Way Day of Caring.
To further strengthen ties between its employees and community involvement, Highmark Health recently launched VolunteerMatch, a new online volunteer system that helps employees identify volunteer opportunities by location, causes, and skills. The tool also tracks volunteer hours and provides up-to-date information on volunteer projects.
"We have a long history of giving back to our communities, and what better way to support that mission than by making it easier for our employees to connect with volunteer opportunities for the causes that matter most to them," added Frazier.
Tax-exempt organizations including all charitable, civic, social, educational, governmental, and political organizations can create a free account to post their volunteer opportunities on VolunteerMatch.
Nonprofits seeking additional information or assistance should contact Maria Anderson, director of community programs for Highmark Health.
Highmark Health, a Pittsburgh, PA based enterprise that employs more than 35,000 people nationwide and serves 50 million Americans in all 50 states, is the third largest integrated health care delivery and financing system in the nation. Highmark Health is the parent company of Highmark Inc., Allegheny Health Network, and HM Health Solutions. Highmark Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates provide health insurance to 5.2 million members in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware as well as dental insurance, vision care and related health products through a national network of diversified businesses that include United Concordia Companies, HM Insurance Group, Davis Vision and Visionworks. Allegheny Health Network is the parent company of an integrated delivery network that includes eight hospitals, a community-based network of physician organizations, and a group purchasing organization, ambulatory surgery centers, and health and wellness pavilions in western Pennsylvania. HM Health Solutions focuses on meeting the information technology platform and other business needs of the Highmark Health enterprise as well as unaffiliated health insurance plans by providing proven business processes, expert knowledge and integrated cloud-based platforms. To learn more, please visit www.highmarkhealth.org.