Although she discovered volunteering just a few years ago, Rhonda Skelton has had a big impact in her community, while inspiring dozens of Blue Shield of California colleagues to do the same. She was recently nominated and recognized for Blue Shield’s 2021 Mission & Values ​​in Action award, which recognizes employees who exemplify our core values ​​of people, honesty and courage.

Rhonda Skelton

Rhonda has a special gift for engaging her colleagues. Leading by example, she helped grow volunteer participation and donations in her work group from 28% in 2019 to over 80% in 2021.

“Rhonda has integrated community service and volunteerism into her work and has supported and encouraged entire work groups to do the same,” said Joe Foley, director of Rhonda, who nominated her for the award. “For her, it’s not about reaching a percentage, but about service. It’s about seeing a need and working tirelessly to fill it.

Rhonda has worked in our Federal Employee Program Customer Service Office in Redding for 25 years. Over the past year, she has led the following volunteer efforts:

When we asked Rhonda how to motivate people to volunteer, she was full of ideas: “Have fun, get your family involved. Ask your children to make cards for the elderly or for children with cancer. Go shopping together for the food you donate. When you walk around, pick up litter. It’s something we can all do – every time you walk outside, you should be picking up recyclables.

Congratulations Rhonda! Thank you for your efforts to spread the joy that comes with volunteering.

In 2021, Blue Shield of California employees set all-time records with its Shield Cares Giving campaign, donating $1.58 million (including company matching) and giving more than 40 000 volunteer hours.