December, 2010The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust announced today that $3.3 million in grants have been awarded to 72 nonprofit organizations across the country. About half of these grants align with CVS Caremark All Kids Can, a signature program focused on making life easier for children with disabilities and their families. The other half of the grants will provide much-needed support for medical services for the under and uninsured – a population that continues to grow in the downward economy. While the grants fund a wide range of programs, the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust found that approximately 65 percent of the 2010 grant recipients will use the support to address four key areas, including autism and early intervention services; informational and technology tools; life and workforce skills; and access to health care and medical services.
"The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust is pleased to recognize organizations that are truly making an impact in their communities by offering support for children with disabilities and providing access to health care for the uninsured. This year we are seeing a high demand for support in specific areas including, assistive technology and life skills training programs," said Eileen Howard Dunn, Vice President, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. "In today's challenging economic climate, the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust is proud to support these organizations in addressing key initiatives that truly make a difference in the lives of children and families in the communities we serve."
Of the $3.3 million awarded, more than $550,000 will support programs designed to help improve the quality of life for children with autism. Approximately one out of 150 children today are diagnosed with autism and having access to the right support at the earliest stage of life helps provide these children with the skills they need to be successful. Advocates for Children of New York, Inc., is one grant recipient that provides early intervention programs which help improve access to early intervention services for low-income children with disabilities in the New York City area.
Life Skills Training
Programs that provide independent living and life skills are also among the majority of the 2010 grant recipients, totaling approximately $230,000 of the grants awarded. United Cerebral Palsy of Southeastern Wisconsin Inc. was awarded a grant for its training and support program designed to help youth with disabilities, ages 14 to 21, successfully transition into adulthood.
As a result of more parents and educators turning to technology as a resource, the Trust has seen an increase in the demand for assistive technologies as well as online resource development to for parents & caregivers. A number of the 2010 grants will enable nonprofits to provide their communities with innovative technology solutions such as The Assistive Technology Loan Program in North Carolina which provides sensory integration equipment for children with a developmental disability.
Access to Health Care for the Uninsured
Programs which provide communities greater access to health care and medical services were another focus area in need of funding among the 2010 grant recipients. Grants totaling approximately $1.1 million will fund a wide range of services from routine exams to dental and transportation services. The Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA) in Texas is among the grant recipients that will use the support to fund their Women's Health program which provides uninsured or underinsured women free mammograms.
The complete list of nonprofit organizations awarded CVS Caremark Charitable Trust grants include:
District of Columbia
For additional information about the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust or for grant application guidelines & deadlines, visit: http://info.cvscaremark.com/community.
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 http://www.cvs.com/pressroom.