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Highmark Employee Volunteers Receive $7,000 in Grants to Support Local Nonprofits
Date:2/17/2009

Grants are awarded to community programs with which employees volunteer

PITTSBURGH, Feb. 17 /PRNewswire/ -- Highmark Inc. recently awarded $7,000 in grants to 14 nonprofit organizations across Pennsylvania to help fund volunteer programs supported by its employees. Grants were awarded to programs that provide physical activity opportunities for children, promote leadership values among youth, offer care for animals, assist individuals with illnesses and provide safety services in the community.

Highmark recognizes that its employee volunteers know best the most pressing needs of the organizations where they volunteer their time. In 2008, Highmark's employee volunteers reported donating a total of more than 92,000 hours to volunteer service to community programs.

Through the Employee Volunteer Grant Program, Highmark awards $500 grants to employees in support of the organization they commit their time and energy to. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis and are generally given to organizations that do not already receive significant contributions through Highmark's corporate giving program.

The following organizations received grants through Highmark's Employee Volunteer Grant Program during the fourth quarter of 2008.

    Organization      Volunteer and Activity                      County

    The Salvation     Timothy Yee, systems programmer II, is a    Allegheny
    Army              music instruction volunteer who conducts a
                      band, teaches music theory and gives
                      private instrument lessons to children who
                      participate in the Salvation Army's Music
                      Conservatory program at Camp Allegheny.
                      The grant will be used to provide
                      scholarships to enable students to attend
                      camp and participate in the music program.
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