Through service, honoring the legacy of Dr. King

January 17, 2022
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By Regence

Each year on the third Monday of January, the nation remembers the life and legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In 2022, King’s dream for a racially just world rings just as true as it did when he delivered his famous speech in 1963. Protests about police brutality and racial reckoning have continued to drive public conversation the past few years.

They’ve also been defined by COVID-19. Currently, case numbers of the Omicron variant are skyrocketing—leaving the U.S. hospital system understaffed and overwhelmed. This is why MLK Day this year may look a little different, with fewer public gatherings or in-person service opportunities. At Regence, we recognize the importance to maintain health and safety measures while we still honor King’s legacy.

MLK Day in 2022: A time to serve, learn and give

King once said: “The time is always right to do what is right.” And there are many ways to “do what is right” – through serving, learning and giving. The spirit of service is deeply embedded within Regence, and it’s reflected through our employees’ volunteer work in their communities.

Service opportunities

Many of our employees will participate in volunteer opportunities to honor MLK’s legacy. This includes helping local nonprofits across our four-state footprint, including the Idaho Foodbank, Oregon Food Bank, Utah Food Bank as well as Food Lifeline (Washington) and Second Harvest Inland Northwest (in Spokane, Wash., and North Idaho). 

Regence employees volunteering at a local foodbank
Regence employees volunteering at the Idaho Foodbank

Giving opportunities

Join us in supporting organizations working in our communities to promote racial justice and contribute to a more just, inclusive world. Our Black Organization for Leadership Development (BOLD) Employee Resource Group put together a list of 20 organizations advancing important work—many of which we’ve contributed to the past year and will continue to do so:

Regence is committed to advancing conversations around health disparities and addressing the inequities that exist within the health care system, and we’re proud to do our part to give back to the communities that we serve. Together, we can build healthy, vibrant communities and create lasting change.

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