After learning about the drop in funding at the Children's Home/Chambliss Shelter, Blue Cross BlueShield of Tennessee donated $10,000 to help the shelter.
Over the past two years, funding levels have dropped from about $400,000 to less than $200,000, making it difficult to maintain the wide variety of activities and amenities offered to the children.
Because of this, in addition to the monetary donation, more than 100 BlueCross employees volunteered to spend five days and a collective 436 hours to improving the shelter's campuses in June.
The volunteers helped paint classrooms and clean and landscape the area in an effort to boost the shelter's look and help to further cut its costs.
“The Children's Home/Chambliss Shelter is a wonderful facility that provides opportunities many kids wouldn't otherwise have,” Kathy Bingham, manager of the BlueCross Community Trust, said. “We are focusing on the power of Team Blue to give the children served by this organization a big lift with our efforts.”
In total, the community trust contributed $60,000 to children's shelters across Tennessee. Additionally, 54 team volunteers from across the state pitched in and contributed 195 volunteer hours to the shelters.