Florida Blue has partnered with The Arc Jacksonville for more than 20 years, providing financial support to programs and services, opportunities for employment, and connections through volunteering. In addition to annual support, in 2018 Florida Blue funded a two-year grant to promote employment, work readiness, and community inclusion initiatives. This generous funding opened up new opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental differences in their community.

Florida Blue is committed to offering employment opportunities for individuals of all abilities. In 2017, they hired Ali through The Arc Jacksonville. Ali continues to thrive in her work and is now a Facilities Services Attendant. Employees regularly engage with The Arc Jacksonville Village residents by hosting volunteer events and decorating their cars for themed parades to boost the residents’ morale.

During the pandemic, Florida Blue’s Darnell Smith and John Trevathan honored their commitment to chair the annual Dinner with Bill & Friends, even though an event was not possible. Through their leadership, $226,000 was raised to directly support The Arc Jacksonville’s mission. Darnell and John are chairing the event again this year and Florida Blue is a presenting sponsor!