INDIANAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Anthem and the Anthem Foundation today announced the start of their largest annual volunteer event, Anthem Volunteer Days. The 2018 campaign, which runs through November, brings together Anthem associates, their families, and friends to help charitable organizations in 22 states across the country. During the seven week campaign, volunteers will work on more than 60 service projects and donate their time sorting and packing food at local food banks, distributing meals to the homeless, building community vegetable gardens, and participating in community revitalization projects.
“Year-round, Anthem associates volunteer their time to support local non-profit organizations that share our goal of creating a healthier future for all Americans by working to address the needs of their communities,” said Gail K. Boudreaux, President and CEO, Anthem. “We are proud of the contributions our associates make on a daily basis but we also believe that we can have an even greater impact when we all work together as one company. That is why, in 2015, we launched Anthem Volunteer Days as a ‘season of service’ and a way in which we can all join together in projects that will make a significant difference to the communities where we work and live.”
In 2018, Anthem will once again partner with Lions Club International to launch Anthem Volunteer Days. As the largest service club organization in the world, Lions International teams with Anthem to identify organizations in the community that need extra assistance with vital resources.
“Lions are a global force for good, but we know that we can achieve even more through incredible partners like Anthem and the Anthem Foundation,” said Lions International President Gudrun Yngvadottir. “We’re excited to be part of this national event that will bring real help to the people who need us most.”
Through previous Anthem Volunteer Days campaigns, Anthem and Lions International have served approximately 1.2 million people nationwide, and have helped pack or serve more than 368,000 meals to the homeless, assembled 27,000 hygiene kits, built community vegetable gardens, removed more than 10,000 pounds of trash and debris to create outdoor spaces for recreation, and so much more.
In addition to the Anthem Volunteer Days service projects, Anthem associates continually give generously to support non-profit organizations throughout the country. In 2017, Anthem raised $4.6M through the company’s matching gifts program, which matches associate contributions to a list of select charities. Anthem associates also contributed over 55,000 service hours to a variety of non-profit organizations through the “Dollars for Doers” program that provides grants to eligible organizations in exchange for service hours.
Follow the Anthem Foundation on Twitter (@AnthemFDN), or the hashtag #AnthemCares, and #LionsAVD to see highlights from Anthem Volunteer Days across the country.
About Anthem, Inc.
Anthem is working to transform health care with trusted and caring solutions. Our health plan companies deliver quality products and services that give their members access to the care they need. With over 73 million people served by its affiliated companies, including more than 40 million within its family of health plans, Anthem is one of the nation’s leading health benefits companies. For more information about Anthem’s family of companies, please visit www.antheminc.com/companies.
About The Anthem Foundation
The Anthem Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc. and, through charitable contributions and programs, the Foundation promotes the inherent commitment of Anthem, Inc. to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that Anthem, Inc. and its affiliated health plans serve. The Foundation focuses its funding on strategic initiatives that address and provide innovative solutions to health care challenges, as well as promoting the Healthy Generations Program, a multi-generational initiative that targets specific disease states and medical conditions. These disease states and medical conditions include: prenatal care in the first trimester, low birth weight babies, cardiac morbidity rates, long term activities that decrease obesity and increase physical activity, diabetes prevalence in adult populations, adult pneumococcal and influenza vaccinations, and smoking cessation. The Foundation also coordinates the company’s year-round Associate Giving program that provides a 50 percent match of associates’ pledges, as well as its Volunteer Time Off and Dollars for Doers community service programs. To learn more about the Anthem Foundation, please visit http://www.anthem.foundation and its blog at http://anthemfoundation.tumblr.com.
About Lions Club International
Lions Clubs International is the largest service club organization in the world. Our 1.42 million members in more than 47,000 clubs are serving in over 200 countries and geographic areas around the globe. Since 1917, Lions have strengthened local communities through hands-on service and humanitarian projects, and we are able to extend our service impact through the generous support of our Lions Clubs International Foundation. We are focused on supporting sight, hunger, the environment, childhood cancer and our new global cause, diabetes, to help address some of the biggest challenges facing humanity. Lions have set an ambitious goal of helping 200 million people per year so we can bring even more service to more people than ever before. For more information about Lions Clubs International, visit lionsclubs.org.