Helping hands: White named Volunteer of the Year

Eddy White is a doer, and that’s a good thing for his fellow Montanans.

The Senior Database Specialist brings his leadership qualities and energy to his role at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana every day, and when he’s not working, he’s usually busy using those same qualities as a community volunteer.

Eddy Whyte, Volunteer of Year

His efforts didn’t go unnoticed in 2015 as White was recently named BCBSMT’s Blue Corps Volunteer of the Year.

Many of Eddy’s volunteer activities stem from his more than 21 years of experience as a member of the Montana Army National Guard. Before he retired as a First Sergeant in 2003, he was involved in several operational situations, including being activated to fight forest fires in the year 2000, one of the worst wildfire seasons on record in Montana.

Still active in the American Legion in Helena, Eddy has served on its Board of Directors for more than 12 years. He is a member of the Lewis and Clark County Veterans Council and serves on our own Business Resource Groups: Montana Supporters of Military Veterans of HCSC and Native Americans in Progress.

“I’m a doer,” he said. “If I see something that needs to be done, even if it challenges me, I give it a try. It just wasn’t me out there volunteering my time. I was sharing it with my friends and coworkers. I share this award with them.”

BCBSMT has a 75-year history of exceptional customer service and a longstanding tradition of service to our communities through volunteerism and charitable giving.

In 2015, our employee volunteers have committed more than 5,000 hours to help community partners build a playground in six hours, assemble care packages for our troops, set the ground work for a community garden; and supported children and families throughout Montana in a variety of other ways.

Employees also invested in our communities’ needs by contributing generously to our charitable giving campaign. This year employees donated nearly $30,000 to several non-profit organizations including United Way and Montana Shares.