WOONSOCKET, R.I., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The CVS/pharmacy Charitable Trust, the private foundation managed by CVS Corporation, announced today that it has awarded more than $5 million in grant funds to non-profit organizations across the U.S. for programs serving children with disabilities this year.
Organizations were chosen through the CVS/pharmacy Charitable Trust's 2006 grant application process. Grants were awarded to organizations involved in children's health and education, with a particular focus on initiatives to improve the lives of children with disabilities and programs that promote awareness and inclusion of children with disabilities.
"CVS strongly believes in giving back to the communities where we live and work," said Eileen Howard Dunn, Vice President of the CVS/pharmacy Charitable Trust. "Grants from the CVS/pharmacy Charitable Trust are an effective way for us to support the extraordinary work done by community organizations to help children with disabilities and their families and to promote health, wellness and education. Through our community investments, we hope to ensure that children with disabilities have the opportunity to reach their greatest potential and succeed in life."
For the past five years, the CVS/pharmacy Charitable Trust has invited non-profit organizations to apply for grants. Since 2001, it has awarded grants totaling more than $16 million to more than 250 organizations. During that time, the Trust has also provided approximately $4 million in grants to support pharmacy schools and pharmacy scholarships around the country. In addition, it provides ongoing support to the CVS Corporate Scholarship Program for children of CVS associates and to the CVS Volunteer Challenge Grant Program, which donates funds to community organizations for which CVS associates volunteer.
Funding from the 2006 CVS/pharmacy Charitable Trust grants went to a wide variety of projects including Perkins School for the Blind (Watertown, MA) to expand its infant and toddler assessment program; Roger Williams Park Zoo (Providence, RI) to build a Treehouse for All as part of an inclusive learning environment in its multi-sensory children's zoo; SIRE, Inc. (Hockley, TX) for its therapeutic horseback riding programs for children with disabilities; and Space Coast Early Intervention Center (Melbourne, Florida) for a unique interdisciplinary program that includes young children challenged by disabilities and their typically developing peers.
"This is such an exciting time in the history of Roger Williams Park Zoo. As we move forward with a master plan that will truly change the face of our zoo, we look forward to providing unique experiences for all of our visitors," said Jack Mulvena, Director of Roger Williams Park Zoo. "This new tree house will allow hundreds of thousands of people of all ages and abilities to connect with the wonders of the natural world side by side, without barriers or limitations. The significant contribution made by CVS to this important facet of the new Roger Williams Park Zoo speaks to our shared commitment to providing access to shared experiences that everyone can enjoy together."
"The generous support from the CVS/pharmacy Charitable Trust will allow Perkins School for the Blind to serve more babies and toddlers who are blind," said Steven M. Rothstein, President, Perkins School for the Blind. "We are deeply grateful for this support. It will make a profound difference in our neighborhoods."
Grants were also awarded to Children's Hospital Boston Center for Communication Disorders (Boston, MA), March of Dimes Rhode Island (Providence, RI), Art Education for the Blind (New York, NY), Children's Institute of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA), Hole in the Wall Gang Fund, Inc. (New Haven, CT), Kids Included Together, Inc. (San Diego, CA), Youth Challenge (Cleveland, OH), Evanston Park Foundation (Evanston, IL) and Safe Kids of Georgia, Inc. (Augusta, GA).
Following is a complete list of organizations receiving CVS/pharmacy Charitable Trust grants for 2006:
Arizona Arizona Centers for Comprehensive Education and Life-Skills Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health California Goodwill Industries of Orange County Kids Included Together, Inc. Pediatric Therapy Network Speech and Language Development Center, Inc. Connecticut Connecticut Institute for the Blind Greater Hartford Association for Retarded Citizens, Inc. Hole in the Wall Gang Fund, Inc. District of Columbia St. John's Community Services Florida Access Sports America Lighthouse Central Florida, Inc. Space Coast Early Intervention Center United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay, Inc. Georgia Challenged Child and Friends, Inc. Safe Kids of Georgia - MCG Children's Medical Center Special Olympics of Georgia, Inc. Stepping Stones Educational Therapy Center, Inc. Illinois Benjamin District 25 Early Intervention Preschool Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Foundation Evanston Park Foundation-Noah's Playground for Everyone Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association Have Dreams Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago Saint Francis Medical Center (Children's Hospital of Illinois) Indiana Bloomington Hospital Foundation, Inc. Kentucky Louisville Deaf Oral School Louisiana Baton Rouge General Foundation Massachusetts Access Sports America Bay Cove Human Services, Inc. Children's Hospital Corporation (Children's Hospital Boston) Inner City Scholarships-Diocese of Boston Outdoor Exploration, Inc. Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Inc. Perkins School for the Blind The UMass Memorial Foundation (Children's Medical Center) World T.E.A.M. Sports (The Exceptional Athlete Matters) Maryland Special Olympics of Maryland, Inc. The Arc of Baltimore The William S. Baer School Partnership Board Michigan Comprehensive Therapy Center, Inc. Therapeutic Riding, Inc. Missouri Children's Center for the Visually Impaired New Jersey Foundation of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey New York Art Education for the Blind, Inc. Cerebral Palsy of Westchester, Inc. Dance in Education Fund, Inc. National Dance Institute, Inc. National Society to Prevent Blindness The Sailing Foundation of New York North Carolina Free Rein, Inc. Special Olympics of North Carolina, Inc. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-Division TEACCH Ohio Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center The Arc Hamilton County Youth Challenge Pennsylvania Center for Creative Play Children's Institute of Pittsburgh Heart of Variety Fund The Children's Home of Pittsburgh The Children's Hospital Foundation Rhode Island CVS Highlander Charter School March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation Rhode Island Zoological Society (Roger Williams Park Zoo) Turning Pointe Therapeutic Riding US Cerebral Palsy Athletic Association - National Disability Sports Alliance Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island South Carolina Meyer Center for Special Children Volunteers of America of the Carolinas Texas Dallas Services for Visually Impaired Children Seedlings Braille Books for Children SIRE, Inc. (Houston's Therapeutic Equestrian Centers)
The CVS/pharmacy Charitable Trust will be accepting applications for 2007 grants from May 1 to June 15, 2007.
For additional information, go towww.cvs.com/corpInfo/community/charitable_mission.html.