Company Representatives Elate and Excite on Doorsteps Around the Country
WOONSOCKET, R.I., Feb. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Today representatives of the CVS Health Foundation, a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), kicked off a "Day of Giving" by surprising several deserving non-profits, with the grant funding they had requested.
The emotional visits, hosted by several of the company's executives, were timed to coincide with the announcement that $4.3 million has been awarded in grants to 98 non-profit organizations across the country in 2011, which includes multi-year grants from previous years.
"What a pleasant surprise to see CVS Caremark colleagues at our doorstep with a large check for the amount of funding we had requested," said Betty Vohr M.D., Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island. "We want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the CVS Health Foundation for recognizing the positive impact non-profit organizations nationwide make in their local communities."
The new grant recipients were chosen through the CVS Health Foundation's annual grant cycle in which awards range from $10,000 to $50,000 for one-year support. These grants align with the CVS Health Foundation's efforts to improve the quality of health and well-being of underserved populations and also align with CVS Caremark All Kids Can, a signature program of the CVS Health Foundation and CVS Caremark that is committed to supporting children with disabilities.
"We are so excited to help these non-profit organizations start 2012 in a positive way with much-needed funding," said Eileen Howard Boone, Vice President, CVS Health Foundation. "All of the non-profit organizations we support share our commitment to providing greater access to health care and medical services and improving the lives of children with disabilities. The CVS Health Foundation is honored to work with all of its non-profit partners to help people on their path to better health."
Non-profits that received a surprise visit and grant check during today's Day of Giving include:
- Keogh Health Connection (Phoenix, AZ)
- University of Miami (Miami, FL)
- Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition (Chicago, IL)
- Health Care Centers in Schools, Inc. (Baton Rouge, LA)
- Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center (Worcester, MA)
- Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron(Akron, OH)
- Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island (Providence, RI)
Funding from the CVS Health Foundation supported the following key areas:
Children with Disabilities
More than $3 million in funding was awarded in new and multi-year grants to organizations that support programs designed to help improve the quality of life for children with disabilities. The grants will support services and programs such as screenings, testing, early intervention, tracking developmental milestones, promoting inclusion, communication devices, recreation and fitness, legal advocacy, innovation, and parental education.
Uninsured and Underserved
Programs which provide communities greater access to health care and medical services and underserved populations were another focus area of funding. New grants totaling approximately $1.3 million will finance a wide range of initiatives and programs, including purchasing new information technology systems, focusing on improved patient care, disease control and management, mobile health clinics, and school-based clinics.
The complete list of new non-profit organizations awarded CVS Health Foundation grants as part of today's Day of Giving include:
- The Arc of Shelby County, Inc.
- Banner Health Foundation
- Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Scottsdale
- Keogh Health Connection
- Central Valley Children's Services Network
- Direct Relief International
- Family Health Centers of San Diego, Inc.
- Public Counsel
- Vista Community Clinic
- Warmline Family Resource Center
- Education Connection
- Project Access of New Haven, Inc.
District of Columbia
- Girl Scout Council of The Nation's Capital
- SOME, Inc.
- American Diabetes Association Inc., Tampa-Orlando Area
- Broward Children's Center, Inc.
- Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida, Inc.
- Health Council of South Florida, Inc.
- University of Miami
- Auditory-Verbal Center, Inc.
- Visiting Nurse Health System, Inc.
- El Valor Corporation
- Family Health Partnership Clinic
- Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition
- Waikiki Health Center
- Turnstone Center for Disabled Children and Adults, Inc.
- Arc of Sedgwick County, Inc.
- Families Together, Inc.
- Children's Hospital Foundation
- Health Care Centers in Schools, Inc.
- Cerebral Palsy Council of Greater New Bedford, Inc.
- CLASS, Inc.
- Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
- Lowell Community Health Center, Inc.
- Mattapan Community Health Center, Inc.
- Partners Healthcare System Inc. (Mass General Hospital)
- Reach Out and Read, Inc.
- Tufts Medical Center Parent, Inc.
- UMASS Memorial Health Care, Inc. Children's Medical Center
- Women of Means, Inc.
- The Benedictine School for Exceptional Children, Inc.
- University of Maryland, Baltimore Foundation, Inc.
- Oakland School Education Foundation
- Fremont Community Health Services
- Gillette Children's Specialty Health Care
- Portico Healthnet
- Ozarks Medical Center
- St. Louis Children's Hospital Foundation
- May Institute, Inc.
- Voices Together
- ARC of New Jersey, Inc.
- Homefront Inc.
- Trinitas Health Foundation
- Communities in Schools of Nevada
- Goodwill Industries of Southern Nevada, Inc.
- Families First of The Greater Seacoast
- Autism360 Inc.
- Brooklyn Public Library
- Harlem United: Community Aids Center, Inc.
- March of Dimes Foundation
- Children's Hospital Medical Center of Akron
- Community Care Behavioral Health Organization
- Misericordia University
- Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation
- Universidad Central Del Caribe, Inc.
- Children's Friend and Service
- The Highlander Charter School
- Local Initiatives Support Corporation
- Ocean Community YMCA
- Rhode Island Philharmonic Orchestra & Music School
- Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island
- Camp Good Times, Inc.
- Medical University Hospital Authority
- East Tennessee Technology Access Center, Inc.
- Brighton School, Inc.
- Houston Ear Research Foundation
- Peoples Community Clinic, Inc.
- National Alliance on Mental Illness
- Madison Community Health Center, Inc.
- Milwaukee Center For Independence
- Children's Therapy Clinic
To follow Day of Giving activities, search for #CVSTrustGivingDay on Twitter. For more information on the CVS Health Foundation please visit http://www.cvshealth.com/social-responsibility/cvs-health-foundation.
About the CVS Health Foundation
The CVS Health Foundation, Inc. is a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS). CVS Caremark is the largest pharmacy health care provider 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 http://www.cvs.com/pressroom.
SOURCE CVS Health Foundation