Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) continues its 75th anniversary statewide outreach campaign, “Arizonans First. Always.” in Graham and Greenlee Counties with essential program funding to Mount Graham Safe House and Greenlee County Library System.

Mount Graham Safe House is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing 24-hour emergency and ongoing services for domestic violence and sexual assault victims. Since 2008, the emergency crisis shelter has lacked necessary funding, causing them to be understaffed and unable to help as many victims as previous years. The BCBSAZ funding will allow the shelter to provide crucial services, aiding victims with a quicker recovery and offering a safe haven to even more people in need.

“We are dedicated to the prevention of domestic violence in the communities that we serve,” said Jeanette Aston, Mount Graham Safe House executive director. “We work diligently in promoting awareness and education in schools and communities.”

BCBSAZ also is providing a donation to the Greenlee County Library System. The main goals of the library system are to provide a place for patrons to meet and interact in a common environment, to be an educational support center for students and to preserve the historical relevance of Greenlee County. The BCBSAZ donation will be used to help expand the community-centered Blue Library, as well as promote the Duncan Pride Society Museum and develop a website, both of which will be used to preserve important historical artifacts. These endeavors will assist the County Library System in advancing its mission of preserving Greenlee County and encouraging people to visit and experience the towns located there.

“The Greenlee County Library System is pleased to receive this donation from BCBSAZ,” said Karen Soohy, Greenlee County librarian. “The BCBSAZ donation could not have come at a better time to help us continue to improve the communities within Greenlee County.”

“Our statewide outreach campaign is a wonderful way to pay tribute to the array of organizations that serve families and individuals in need throughout our state,” said Rich Boals, president and CEO of BCBSAZ. “It is an honor to support two organizations as remarkable as the Mount Graham Safe House of Graham County and Greenlee County Library System, both of which are striving to make a difference in the communities they serve.”

The BCBSAZ statewide corporate outreach campaign has already visited Pima, Maricopa, Santa Cruz and Cochise Counties. Following Graham and Greenlee are Navajo and Apache. To learn more about BCBSAZ and its 75 years in Arizona, visit