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The Jefferson Awards Foundation Recognizes Highmark Health as the Country’s First Certified Outstanding Employee Volunteer Organization

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As a Jefferson Awards Foundation Certified Champion Company, Highmark Health is recognized as adhering to the highest standards and best practices in employee volunteerism

The Jefferson Awards Foundation, America’s most prestigious and long-standing organization dedicated to activating and celebrating public service, announced today that it has certified its Champion organization, Highmark Health, as an Outstanding Employee Volunteer Organization. Champions are organizations who, in partnership with the Jefferson Awards Foundation, are dedicated to building a culture of service in their communities. For nearly a decade, Highmark Health has recognized employees who volunteer in the community and has made volunteering a part of its corporate culture by actively promoting and supporting these activities. Highmark Health is the first company nationwide, and only health care company in Pennsylvania with the honor of recognizing employees in partnership with the Jefferson Awards Foundation — making the Certified Outstanding Employee Volunteer Organization recognition truly unique.

“The Jefferson Awards Foundation partners with companies nationwide that are dedicated to making public service part of their culture, workplace and communities,” said Hillary Schafer, Executive Director of the Jefferson Awards Foundation. “Highmark Health is unique in its large-scale employee recognition. We are excited to honor the organization with this very first certification.”

A core value at Highmark Health is a commitment to the community. Highmark Health companies are leaders in the health care community and have asked their employees to be leaders in their local communities. The effects of service to communities by employee volunteers are felt in the markets Highmark Health companies serve throughout the country. As a Jefferson Awards Foundation Certified Champion Company, Highmark Health is recognized as adhering to the highest standards and best practices in employee volunteerism, including:

  • Communicating the purpose of community service through volunteer programs and connecting employees to the company's social responsibility mission.
  • Dedicating the resources needed to execute an effective community service and volunteer program.
  • Maintaining a feedback loop with volunteers, organizations and communities to optimize employee engagement and maximize the impact of events.
  • Supporting employee participation in public service and volunteerism.
  • Providing a recognition system whereby outstanding employee volunteers are recognized and their participation in public service is encouraged and celebrated.

“For many of our employees, volunteerism is a way of life,” said Dan Onorato, Executive Vice President, Highmark Health. “They demonstrate their community commitment with thousands of hours spent in support of causes that make life better for their friends and neighbors. Their co-workers take note of their remarkable example in nominating them for recognition with a Jefferson Award.”

A ceremony recognizing the outstanding achievement of Highmark Health’s employees was held on April 27, 2015.

About the Jefferson Awards Foundation
The Jefferson Awards Foundation is the country’s longest standing and most prestigious organization dedicated to activating and celebrating public service. Through our programs JAF trains and empowers individuals to serve and lead in their communities, amplifying their impact through our vast network of media partners, mentors and volunteers. To learn more about the Jefferson Awards Foundation, visit: or engage with our community on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

About Highmark Health
Highmark Health, a Pittsburgh, PA based enterprise that employs more than 35,000 people nationwide and serves 40 million Americans in all 50 states, is the third largest integrated health care delivery and financing network in the nation. Highmark Health is the parent company of Highmark Inc., Allegheny Health Network, and HM Health Solutions. Highmark Inc. and its subsidiaries and affiliates provide health insurance to 5.2 million members in Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Delaware as well as dental insurance, vision care and related health products through a national network of diversified businesses that include United Concordia Companies, HM Insurance Group, Davis Vision and Visionworks. Allegheny Health Network is the parent company of an integrated delivery network that includes eight hospitals, a community-based network of physician organizations, and a group purchasing organization, ambulatory surgery centers, and health and wellness pavilions in western Pennsylvania. HM Health Solutions focuses on meeting the information technology platform and other business needs of the Highmark health plans as well as unaffiliated health insurance plans by providing proven business processes, expert knowledge and integrated cloud-based platforms. To learn more, please visit

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