Pictured, left to right: Brooke Townsend, BCBSOK Community Affairs director and Oklahoma Caring Foundation executive director; Jenny Koetter, BCBSOK Volunteer of the Year, and Joseph R. Cunningham, M.D., BCBSOK president.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma (BCBSOK) has named employee Jenny Koetter as the 2019 Volunteer of the Year. Koetter volunteered more than 175 hours throughout the year at several nonprofits in central Oklahoma. She is a program coordinator for the Oklahoma Caring Foundation.
“I’m proud of our employees who donate their time to serve and help others in our communities,” said BCBSOK President Joseph R. Cunningham, M.D. “Jenny is an example of the good we can do when we help others. I am honored to recognize her as BCBSOK’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year.”
Koetter began her career with BCBSOK as a Caring Van specialist with the Oklahoma Caring Foundation in June of 2009. In her current role, Koetter manages partnerships with key public health advocates and partners, coordinates with local, state, and tribal health agencies, and develops and implements social media communications.
“I am honored to be chosen as BCBSOK’s 2019 Volunteer of the Year. It’s important to me to work for an organization that recognizes their employee’s commitment to our community,” said Koetter. “I am most proud to be a Group Facilitator volunteer for Calm Waters and a lead volunteer for the Manna Pantry. Volunteering puts my life into perspective and helps me focus on serving others.”
Koetter also serves on the Central Oklahoma Immunization Coalition board and the United Way of Central Oklahoma Community Investment committee.
In honor of the award, BCBSOK donated $1,000 to her charity of choice, Manna Pantry in Yukon, OK.
“I believe it is important to be connected to the local community agencies that serve my neighbors. Through these experiences, I have become a stronger advocate for the children, families, and individuals who are struggling in our community,” Koetter said.
Outside of work and volunteering, Koetter enjoys traveling and spending time with her 14 nieces, nephews and great nieces.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma
For nearly 80 years, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma has been committed to meeting the health care financing needs of Oklahomans. As the state's oldest and largest private health insurer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma provides health care benefit plans for more than 800,000 Oklahomans. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma is a division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company, an Independent Licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
About The Oklahoma Caring Foundation
The Oklahoma Caring Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization administered as an in kind gift by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company. These companies are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. The Foundation was established in 1994 to improve the health of Oklahoma children through vaccinations and access to basic, preventive health care. For more information, visit oklahomacaringfoundation.org.