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Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana Honors Shannon Hall as Its 2014 Volunteer of the Year

Nov. 14, 2014

Helena, MT — Shannon Hall exemplifies Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana's emphasis on giving back to its communities and was recently named its 2014 Volunteer of the Year in recognition of the selfless work she's done and continues to do for others in the Helena community.

Hall, a project leader in the Quality Assurance department who has logged more than 100 volunteer hours since September, was nominated not only for the amazing work she is doing currently in the community, but also for representing Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana in a positive, uplifting way and inspiring others to do the same. She's been actively volunteering for more than 20 years.

"I think we would all agree she exemplifies everything we would like to see in our Volunteer of the Year," said Blue Cross President Mike Frank, who, with several other coworkers on Thursday surprised Hall with the award.

Along with the recognition, Hall will receive a $500 bonus and Blue Cross will donate $1,000 to her charity of choice, the United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area.

"I really do enjoy doing something good for others," Hall said. "Volunteering is such an easy way to make a difference. I have had some amazing experiences volunteering. I have learned new skills and knowledge, formed a wonderful network of friends and know so much more about my community. I have a sense of pride for doing something good and paying it forward. I encourage everyone to get involved in their community and workplace volunteering because it is so rewarding."

Hall is a dedicated volunteer for the United Way, serving as a board member for 12 of the 20 years that she has been volunteering with the local nonprofit. Additionally, Hall also volunteers at the Helena Chamber of Commerce, where she was also previously named Volunteer of the Year, and serves as a board member for the Helena Lions Swim team. She has also served as a volunteer for the Governor's Cup for more than 20 years, the Blue Cross Employee Committee for seven years, the United Way workplace campaign for more than 15 years, the Blue Cross Relay for Life Team, the Caring Classic (volunteer and fundraiser), the Big Brothers Big Sisters fundraising team, the Blue Cross Blood Donation program (donating for more than 20 years), and the Florence Crittenton "Paint the Town Pink" event.

"Ever since I have known Shannon, she always has a very positive outlook, is highly engaged, and encourages others, primarily through her actions, to be positive and engaged as well," said Bryan Flynn, a coworker for more than 20 years at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana. "In other words, Shannon just doesn't come to work to put in her time; she makes work and all the activities that surround it an upbeat and affirmative experience.

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