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employee volunteers


The organizations that are part of Highmark Health have a decades-long legacy of employee volunteering. In 2016, Highmark Health employees logged tens of thousands of volunteer hours to help strengthen their communities. In addition to participating in national Make a Difference Day and the United Way Day of Caring, Highmark Health has several programs to empower employee volunteers:

  • Volunteer Day Off gives employees an extra paid day off to volunteer during normal work hours.
  • VolunteerMatch, an online system, sorts volunteer opportunities by location, causes, and skills, tracks volunteer hours and provides up-to-date project information.
  • Volunteer Grant lets employee volunteers use their first-hand knowledge of organizations they serve to apply for Highmark Health grant money.

Jefferson Awards Champion

Highmark Health is also proud to be a Jefferson Awards Champion. One of the country's most prestigious public service organizations, the Jefferson Awards Foundation's annual awards are referred to as "the Nobel Prize of public service." Among other activities, as a Jefferson Awards Champion we annually recognize 12 employees for extraordinary volunteerism and award each a Jefferson Award for Public Service medallion along with a $1,000 donation to a nonprofit of their choice.


Empowering and recognizing employees who give back

Jefferson Award winner

Meet our 2017 Jefferson Award winners for exceptional employee volunteerism.

employee volunteering

Launched at Highmark Health in 2017, VolunteerMatch helps people find opportunities that match their interests and skills.

children at Caring Place

Join the Highmark Health employees who become trained Caring Place volunteers helping grieving children.

Cathy Battle

Cathy Battle traveled to Washington DC as our Jefferson Awards finalist for 2017 — read her story.