CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — In Tennessee, more than 100 children are reported abused or neglected each day, according to the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services. Due to this overwhelming number, children’s homes and shelters across the state are always in need of financial and in-kind support. That’s why BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee’s employee volunteer initiative, known as Team Blue, has focused on helping out these facilities.

More than 160 Team Blue volunteers in Chattanooga, Jackson, Johnson City, Knoxville, Memphis and Nashville pitched in and contributed more than 631 hours of their time to six shelters across the state. Employees cleaned, painted, assembled playground equipment and landscaped.

“There are many agencies across Tennessee that help children and this year we focused the power of Team Blue toward youth homes,” said Kathy Bingham, manager of the BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Community Trust. “Together we can give the children served by these organizations a big lift with our efforts.”

Additionally, the BlueCross Community Trust contributed $10,000 to each of the shelters, totaling $60,000.

About BlueCross

BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee's mission is to provide its customers and communities with peace of mind through affordable solutions for health and healing, life and living. Founded in 1945, the Chattanooga-based company is focused on reinventing the health plan for its 3 million members in Tennessee and across the country. Through its integrated health management approach, BlueCross provides patient-centric products and services that drive health improvement and positively impact health care quality and value. BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee Inc. is an independent licensee of the BlueCross BlueShield Association. For more information, visit the company's website at www.bcbst.com.