Meet Rhonda Skelton, a Blue Shield of California Mission & Values in Action Award Nominee

Although she discovered volunteering just a few years ago, Rhonda Skelton has made a big impact in her community – all while inspiring dozens of Blue Shield of California colleagues to do the same. She was recently nominated and recognized for Blue Shield’s 2021 Mission & Values in Action Award, which recognizes employees who exemplify our core values of human, honest, and courageous.

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Rhonda Skelton

Rhonda has a special gift for engaging colleagues. Leading by example, she helped boost volunteer participation and giving in her workgroup from 28% in 2019 to more than 80% in 2021.

“Rhonda has embedded community service and volunteerism into her work and has supported and encouraged entire workgroups to do the same,” said Joe Foley, Rhonda’s manager, who nominated her for the award. “For her, it’s not about hitting a percentage, but about service. It’s about seeing a need and working tirelessly to fill it.”

Rhonda is a 25-year employee in our Federal Employee Program customer service office in Redding. During the last year, she led the following volunteer efforts:

When we asked Rhonda how to motivate people to volunteer, she was full of ideas: “Make it fun, get your family involved. Have your kids make cards for the seniors, or for children with cancer. Go shopping together for the food you’re donating. When you’re on a walk, pick up trash. This is something we can all do - anytime you’re walking around outside, you should pick up recyclables.”

Congratulations, Rhonda! Thank you for your efforts in spreading the joy that comes with volunteering.

In 2021, Blue Shield of California employees set all-time records with its Shield Cares Giving Campaign, donating $1.58 million (including company match) and volunteering more than 40,000 hours.