Blue Cross and Blue Shield partners with American Red Cross

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas announced a partnership with the American Red Cross designed to assist Kansans during times of great need. A new Disaster Response Team, comprised entirely of BCBSKS employees, will respond when disaster strikes.

“Volunteerism is one of the great traditions of our company,” said Andrew C. Corbin, BCBSKS president/CEO. “The Disaster Response Team is a continuation of this tradition and allows our skilled employees to apply their time and talents to helping those affected by tragedy.”

This 29-member team will be called upon to respond to large scale disasters, such as flooding and tornados, in the BCBSKS service area. Team members must meet certain eligibility requirements, including a willingness to make a two-year commitment and complete an American Red Cross background check. The Red Cross provided basic training for the team and will offer additional training when needed.

“We can develop Red Cross teams that are true collaborative partnerships and that provide a corps of community-based volunteers ready for when a disaster strikes,” explained Jim Allan, Red Cross board chairman. “Partnerships also help educate the community and spread the message of prevention before tragedy strikes."

The announcement also included a $25,000 grant from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas Foundation to the American Red Cross to assist with its mission of helping people during times of crisis.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and is the state’s largest insurer, serving all Kansas counties except Johnson and Wyandotte.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas incorporated the Foundation in 2005 as a way to further deepen its commitment to helping all Kansans lead healthier lives. It funds programs and activities that promote health improvement, health care access, health education, healthy behaviors and prevention initiatives.

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New workshops at the Workforce Centers of South-Central KS

WICHITA — The Workforce Centers of South-Central Kansas have announced several new workshop offerings that are available at no cost to job seekers.

The first of the new offerings includes "Advanced Job Search: Social Media and Networking." This workshop discusses how utilizing different social media sites can enhance your job search and enable you to network. During this workshop, participants look at different social media sites and learn to create their own LinkedIn profile.

Workshops have also been added that include "Generations in the Workplace" and "Soft Skills Excellence – The Power to Be the Best." "Generations in the Workplace" discusses how different generations think, learn and work, giving the job seeker insight into bridging the generation gap. The "Soft Skills Excellence" workshop helps job seekers identify the tools needed to build and develop the soft skills needed to be successful in the workplace.

Additional information about these new offerings and a complete list of the free workshops offered at the Workforce Centers can be found by visiting Interested jobs seekers can register online by visiting the website or inquire by calling their local Workforce Center.

The Workforce Centers are designed as a one-stop center for access to multiple employment and training services in south-central Kansas. The Workforce Centers connect job seekers with the resources to assist them in finding a job and keeping a job. For additional information on the Workforce Centers, visit