GIVING BACK — Blue Shield employees teamed up with Hands4Hope volunteers to distribute items to Sacramento's homeless population. Courtesy photo

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Blue Shield lends a hand with Hands4Hope

By From page A3 | August 20, 2014

Blue Shield of California team members from the El Dorado Hills and San Francisco offices joined a recent Hands4Hope Sacramento Homeless Outreach event, during which 23 Blue Shield team members and three Hands4Hope youth volunteers provided sack lunches, toiletries and clothing to more than 150 people in need.

The team members and youth volunteers met at Hands4Hope’s Youth Center in El Dorado Hills to make the sack lunches as well as get the supplies ready to distribute and caravanned to Sacramento.

“As a group we went to Sacramento and set up tables on the sidewalk and distributed the lunches, water, toiletries, sneakers and socks. It was a great experience to have the opportunity to partner with Hands4Hope and give back to the community and help over 150 people! It was a great day for our team and we feel like we made a difference” said Blue Shield’s Charles Sharp, director of Finance/Customer Quality.

The three Hands4Hope youth volunteers, with several years experience of the homeless outreach, led the Blue Shield of California group through their first outreach.

“The Hands4Hope youth were great to work with, they knew exactly what to do and they made everyone feel comfortable,” Sharp added.

Hands4Hope is a nonprofit youth driven outreach organization whose mission is to empower youth to make a difference in the world around them through exploration, action and leadership. Hands4Hope’s Sacramento Homeless Outreach is an ongoing outreach that occurs once a month. For more information visit

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