Why I give back: Regence volunteer voices

By Regence
March 15, 2019
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Regence believes that every partnership we cultivate, every dollar we pledge and every hour we volunteer make the communities in which we live, work and play healthier.

Today, we kick off a new blog series featuring the voices of our employee volunteers who have dedicated themselves to be champions of change within their communities. Six employees across our four-state footprint explain why they dedicate themselves to service and what it means to have Regence by their side.

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Left: Idaho Foodbank volunteers from Regence form an effective assembly line
Right: Regence volunteers in Washington give back at Vision House


“I am so thankful that I work for an organization like Regence that not only talks the talk but walks the walk. I am fully supported to be part of a board and to help others. There is no question that I am proud to say I work at Regence, and Regence cares!”

– Jackie Heaven-Ahhi, Regence BlueShield of Idaho, YWCA board member and volunteer

“Volunteering…allows me the opportunity to support causes and to meet new people. I really appreciate that Regence not only encourages us to volunteer but also supports our community organizations.”

- Sue Harris, Regence BlueShield of Idaho, YWCA volunteer

“It’s so, so important to give back to your community in any way that you can. Just giving a little bit of yourself can mean so much to someone. The quote ‘Be somebody who makes everyone feel like a somebody’ is what I try to live by. My life is so much richer now.”

– Stephanie Lambert-Hisle, Regence BlueShield, volunteer and advocate for Battlefield Addiction

“There is no better feeling than helping others and seeing the smiles on their faces. It gives you a new appreciation.”

- Elisabeth Brown, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah, Utah Food Bank volunteer


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Left: Regence volunteers assist with the Utah Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry
Right: A team of volunteers in Idaho support the YWCA SOUPport our Shelter event last month


“I choose to serve as a volunteer in the community, because I enjoy giving back. I think it is very important to take care of our communities and help people in need.”

 – Heather Gunter, Regence BlueShield of Idaho, volunteer at YWCA

“So much of a person’s life is determined by the world they’re born into and the resources available while growing up. Nobody chooses to be chronically homeless. It’s important to me to give back, especially to vulnerable youth who find themselves on the street and struggling.”

- Ben Furr, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, New Avenues for Youth Ambassador Board member

Regence is proud to support employee volunteers as well as the communities where they live, work and play. Click here to read how we address critical community needs, both locally and statewide, with volunteering, resources and partnerships.