CVS Caremark Charitable Trust Awards $4.2 Million in Grants Benefiting Children with Disabilities, Uninsured

Thursday, April 30, 2009

WOONSOCKET, R.I., April 30 /PRNewswire/ -- CVS Caremark announced today that $4.2 million in grants have been awarded to organizations supporting children with disabilities and those who are under-insured or uninsured. Ninety-two organizations from around the country have received the grants awarded through its private foundation, the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, and the CVS Caremark All Kids Can program.

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"In today's economic climate it's more important than ever to support organizations that can have a positive impact on children with disabilities and their families," said Eileen Howard Dunn, Vice President of CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. "The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust selected these grant recipients because they align with our mission to promote inclusion, increase access to medical therapies and improve academic performance of children with disabilities."

For the past three years, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust grants have centered on children with disabilities aligning with the company's All Kids Can program. CVS Caremark All Kids Can is a five-year $25 million pledge to support children with disabilities by raising awareness in schools and in local communities about the importance of inclusion, creating greater opportunities for physical activity and play, and providing access to medical rehabilitation and related services.

Children with special needs face a broad array of physical, mental and societal challenges each day. According to recent analysis, it is estimated that All Kids Can has had a positive direct impact on nearly 250,000 children with disabilities.

"All Kids Can not only touches children with disabilities, it positively influences peers, family members and teachers, making the impact even more significant," said Esther Canty-Barnes, clinical professor and director, special education clinic, Rutgers School of Law and member of the CVS Caremark All Kids Can Advisory Council.

Among the organizations to receive grants from CVS Caremark are nonprofits that support children with autism, such as The Autism Clinic of Texas in San Antonio that provides applied behavior analysis, occupational therapy and speech-language therapy services for families; programs that offer early intervention such as Bay Cove Human Services in Boston, Mass; transitional care for children in the NICU at Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island; and nonprofits that offer sports and physical activity programs for children with disability including Junior Blind of America of Los Angeles, for its program that promotes physical activity among children who are blind, visually impaired or multi-disabled.

Grant recipients also include existing CVS Caremark All Kids Can partners Boundless Playgrounds, Easter Seals, and VSA Arts, as well as a newly funded group of organizations that provide healthcare services to uninsured or underinsured individuals.

The complete list of grant recipients by state follows. The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust will be accepting applications for 2009 grants from May 1 to June 15, 2009. For additional information, visit http://www.cvscaremark.com/community/our-impact/charitable-trust/how-apply.

Alabama
Mitchells Place, Birmingham

Arizona
Advocates for the Disabled, Phoenix
Civitan Foundation, Phoenix
Southwest Autism Research and Resource Center, Phoenix
Scottsdale Healthcare Foundation, Scottsdale

California
Child Development Institute, Woodland Hills
Goodwill Industries of Orange County California, Santa Ana
House Ear Institute, Los Angeles
Junior Blind of America, Los Angeles
Latino Center for Prevention & Action in Health & Welfare, Santa Ana
Mychal's Learning Place, Hawthorne
Special Olympics Southern California, Long Beach
Speech and Language Development Center, Buena Park
United Cerebral Palsy Association of San Diego County, San Diego
Villa Esperanza Services, Pasadena

Connecticut
American School for the Deaf, West Hartford
The Connecticut Institute for the Blind, Hartford
Greater Hartford ARC, Hartford
Mercy Housing & Shelter Corporation, Hartford

Florida
Caridad Center, Boynton Beach
Community Haven for Adults and Children with Disabilities, Sarasota
Space Coast Early Intervention Center, Melbourne

Georgia
Bobby Dodd Institute, Atlanta

Illinois
Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, Chicago
Children's Memorial Hospital, Chicago
Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association, Lake Forest
La Rabida Children's Hospital, Chicago
Local Initiatives Support Corporation
Northeast DuPage Special Recreation Association, Addison
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, Chicago
Special Gifts Theatre, Northbrook

Massachusetts
The Arc of Northern Bristol County, Attleboro
Bay Cove Human Services, Boston
Bridge Over Troubled Waters, Boston
Boston Medical Center, Boston
Cape Cod Child Development Program, Hyannis
Courageous Sailing Center of Boston, Charlestown
Genesis Fund, Waltham
Hockomock Area YMCA, North Attleboro
Kennedy-Donovan Center, Foxboro
Outdoor Explorations, Medford
Seven Hills Foundation, Worcester

Maryland
Disabled Sports USA, Rockville

Minnesota
PACER Center, Minneapolis
St. David's Child Development and Family Services, Minnetonka

Missouri
Children's Center for the Visually Impaired, Kansas City

North Carolina
Children's Home Society of North Carolina, Greensboro
Extraordinary Ventures, Chapel Hill

North Dakota
Dakota West Arts Council, Bismark

New Jersey
Seeing Eye, Morristown
Services for Children with Hidden Intelligence (SCHI), Lakewood
Summit Speech School, New Providence

New York
Adaptive Design Association, New York
Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired - Goodwill Industry,
Rochester
Canine Companions for Independence - Northeast Regional, Medford
Cooke Center for Learning and Development, New York
Foundation for Educating Children with Autism, Mt. Kisko
Heritage Christian Services, East Rochester
ICD - International Center for the Disabled, New York
Jowonio School, Syracuse
Marquis Studios, Brooklyn

Ohio
Erie-Huron Community Action Commission, Sandusky
United Cerebral palsy Association of Greater Cleveland, Cleveland
YMCA Camp Campbell Gard, Overpeck

Pennsylvania
The Children's Home of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh
The Children's Hospital Foundation, Philadelphia
Heart of Variety Fund, Philadelphia
KenCrest Centers, Plymouth Meeting
Tides Center, Pittsburgh
Western Pennsylvania School for the Deaf, Pittsburgh

Rhode Island
The Bradford L. Dunn Institute, Providence
Families First, Providence
Highlander Charter School, Providence
The Providence Center, Providence
Rhode Island School of Design, Providence
Rhode Island Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Providence
Special Olympics Rhode Island, Warwick
Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, Providence

South Carolina
Disability Action Center, Columbia

Tennessee
Mountain States Health Alliance, Johnson City
Shangri La Therapeutic Academy of Riding, Lenoir City
Vanderbilt University, Nashville

Texas
The Autism Clinic of Texas, San Antonio
Camp for All Foundation, Houston
Rehabilitation, Education, and Advocacy for Citizens with Handicaps,
Dallas
United Cerebral Palsy of Greater Houston, Bellaire
Women Involved in Nurturing, Giving, Sharing, San Antonio
YMCA of Metropolitan Dallas, Dallas

Virginia
Child Development Resources, Williamsburg
Miracle League of Richmond Virginia, Mechanicsville

Washington, D.C.
Rebuilding Together of Washington, D.C., Washington, D.C.
Saint Coletta of Greater Washington, Washington, D.C.

About the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust

The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, Inc. is a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS). CVS Caremark is the largest provider of prescriptions and related health care services in the nation. The Trust's mission is to provide funding for health care, education and community involvement initiatives in CVS Caremark communities. General information about CVS Caremark is available through the Investor Relations portion of the Company's Web site at http://investor.cvs.com, or through the Web site's press room at www.cvs.com/pressroom.