TOPEKA – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas employees, retirees and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation donated a total of $300,614.96 to United Way campaigns in Topeka, Salina, Wichita and Hutchinson this fall. “Our campaign celebrates the impact we can have as a company when Blue Cross employees invest in our community by volunteering their time with United Way-funded partners, serving on boards, impact councils, review panels and, of course, by donating their dollars,” said Andrew C. Corbin, president/CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation. “Our campaign resulted in not only a generous monetary donation to United Way organizations across the state, but also provided meals to 4,392 individuals,” he said. Employees assembled sack lunches during their United Way meetings. In addition, as part of the company's 75th anniversary, the company will fund United Way-related special projects in Salina, Topeka and Wichita. In Salina, the company will fund the Raising Active, Wild Readers (RAWR) summer reading program for 2018, giving employees the opportunity to read to children. In Topeka, the company will fund and build a new Born Learning Trail in a yet to be determined neighborhood. The trail will provide a healthy and educational activity for families. In Wichita, the company will fund the purchase of essential household items for the United Way of the Plains' Give Items of Value Distribution Center. Employee volunteers will help sort, organize and distribute the items in the community. In Topeka, where 1,512 employees work, Corbin presented the United Way of Greater Topeka with a check in the amount of $269,367.12. The amount includes an employee and retiree contribution of $219,367.12, as well as a $50,000 donation from the BCBSKS Foundation. In Hutchinson, seven employees and the BCBSKS Foundation raised $7,732.32 for the United Way of Reno County. In Salina, home to 41 employees, donations totaling $6,849.08 have been made to the Salina Area United Way by employees and the BCBSKS Foundation. In Wichita, where the company has 28 people, $16,666.44 has been donated by employees and the BCBSKS Foundation in support of the United Way of the Plains’ annual campaign drive. About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas For 75 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas has built a reputation of trust with its members and contracting providers by providing outstanding customer service while quickly and accurately processing claims; fairly administering benefit plans and contracts; offering programs, services and tools to help members improve or maintain their health; and operating under the highest ethical standards while being good stewards of premium dollars. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and is the state’s largest insurer, serving all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte. For more information, visit bcbsks.com. About the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation promotes the good health of Kansans who live in the Foundation’s 103-county service area. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas, the largest health insurer in the state, incorporated the Foundation in 2005 as a way to further deepen its commitment to helping all Kansans lead healthier lives, an effort which both entities believe is an essential factor in keeping health care affordable. Through its giving, the Foundation focuses on key health issues that can impact the lives of many Kansans. It funds programs and activities that are, at their core, health-related and in particular, promote health improvement, health care access, health education, healthy behaviors and prevention initiatives. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas are independent licensees of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. Both entities serve all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte. For more information on the Foundation, visit bcbsks.com/foundation.