Have you ever witnessed something truly remarkable and inspiring? At Hole in the Wall Gang, life-changing stories occur on a daily basis as the organization works to provide children with serious medical conditions the chance to discover the world of possibilities that camp has to offer.
Camp is not only important for child development, it's a fun life experience that fosters friendships and incites adventure and exploration. But many kids with serious illnesses miss out on the opportunity to go to camp. That's where Hole in the Wall Gang steps in. With one simple mission - that every child, no matter their illness, can experience the transformational spirit and friendships that go hand-in-hand with camp - Hole in the Wall Gang provides more than 20,000 children annually the opportunity to experience camp that otherwise may not be able to. It's because of these deserving efforts that the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust is honored to award the organization with a grant to continue impacting kids through the expansion of their Hospital Outreach Program, which brings the playful spirit of The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp to children and families in hospital settings.
This grant is part of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust's announcement that $2.6 million has been awarded to 66 nonprofit organizations across the country to help people on their path to better health. This funding celebrates the amazing work of nonprofits nationwide that are helping children of all abilities to be the best that they can be by increasing access to specialized medical and rehabilitation services, and providing inclusive opportunities for physical activity, play and social enrichment. Grants were also awarded in support of innovative approaches that increase access to health care for underserved populations, including mobile health innovations that bring health care services to locations where people need them most.
For Hole in the Wall Gang, this funding will help the organization reach even more kids with the power and positive impact of camp. But support from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust does not end there. For instance, The May Institute, another grant recipient, will use funding to help expand access to effective treatment of autism for children in military families and to improve the coordination of their care. And support for California School Health Centers Association will help open three school-based health centers which will serve thousands of students in low-income communities in the Oakland community.
We're proud to support so many innovative programs that address significant health care needs of children and are committed to making an impact in the overall health of the communities where we live and work. For information on the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, visit us here.