In times of need, our employees give generously
When Hurricanes Harvey and Irma hit Texas and wildfires spread devastation across Montana, HCSC employees stepped in to help their co-workers who live in the affected areas.
Lending a hand was easy with donations to the Blue Bear Employee Relief FundSM, a program that has offered short-term assistance to our employees since 2012.
The Blue Bear Employee Relief Fund received $363,890 in donations throughout 2017.
Last year, the Blue Bear Employee Relief Fund assisted almost 300 HCSC employees experiencing significant financial need due to unexpected and unavoidable emergencies. Almost 50 percent of aid went to help those affected by home catastrophes and natural disasters. The maximum grant amount was raised so those affected by natural disasters could receive up to $10,000 in assistance.
Since the inception of the fund, contributions have totaled over $1.43 million.
I was able to get back to work and help our members who were facing greater issues than me. – Julie Hepburn, Texas employee
Our employees’ generosity extends beyond employee assistance. Employees across the company, both active and retired, make contributions through an annual giving campaign and various fundraising events. They donated over $712,000 through our annual giving campaigns in 2017, including $408,978 to the United Way.
Employees also led 133 donation drives around the company for items such as food, clothes and school supplies to be donated to our nonprofit partners.
“Our employee giving is a real source of pride for me,” says HCSC President and CEO Paula Steiner. “I believe it’s important for our company to donate to the communities where we do business. But it means so much more when I see so many employees be the hands, feet and hearts of our company through giving in meaningful ways during these times of need.”