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

    Mitchells Place, Birmingham

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

    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

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

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

    Bobby Dodd Institute, Atlanta

    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

    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

    Disabled Sports USA, Rockville

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

    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,
    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

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

    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

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

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

    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, or through the Web site's press room at