Kali Wicks said her parents raised her with a strong background in public service, so it’s no wonder why Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana’s 2020 Volunteer of the Year is deeply involved in her community.
“Both of my parents were very, very committed to that, and I learned very early that your community is only as good as the people in it,” Wicks said after being surprised with the honor Monday. “Because of that, if you want a strong community, whether that be your workplace or your city or town, we all have to contribute to make that happen.
“… One thing I have always felt is true about volunteering is that you’re always going to feel better coming out of it than you are going into it. It is going to give you that sense of purpose and fulfillment we all need as people.”
Wicks contributed more than 100 hours of service to a variety of nonprofits and educational organizations in the Helena community. She continually inspires her colleagues through her diverse volunteer efforts and tireless efforts in her role as BCBSMT’s government relations manager.
“I love volunteering, I love being a part of things, I love helping organizations,” she added. “I think this year with COVID, it’s been extremely important for lots of nonprofits to change up their style, be very nimble and work on different mechanisms for fundraising. It’s been really challenging, but I do feel that volunteering and all the hours I have put into this has really helped some of these nonprofits continue to thrive and survive through the pandemic.”
Wicks works closely with Divisional Vice President of External Affairs John Doran and a variety of teams, including communications, community relations, sales, marketing and provider relations.
“Kali is one of the most hard-working, dedicated people I know,” Doran said. “Not only is she committed to representing our business interests at the Capitol, she is also committed to serving her community. She truly embodies the ‘service above self’ character that defines our purpose.”
"I do feel that volunteering ... has really helped some of these nonprofits continue to thrive and survive through the pandemic."
When she’s not at work, Wicks is busy raising her 1-year-old son with her husband, Andrew, and contributing to her community in a variety of ways through advocacy and volunteerism. Especially close to her heart is her contribution as president of the Women’s Foundation of Montana.