KSDK-TV (St. Louis): American Red Cross gets new emergency vehicle

A new American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle was dedicated on Wednesday, April 23 in St. Louis. The vehicle was supported by the contributions of WellPoint associates and the WellPoint Foundation.

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American Red Cross Emergency Response Vehicle Dedicated in St. Louis

A small ceremony was held April 23 in St. Louis to dedicate an American Red Cross emergency response vehicle (ERV). The vehicle is one of five ERVs funded by the ongoing support of WellPoint, its associates and WellPoint Foundation of the American Red Cross.

WellPoint is a proud member of the Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program at the $1 million level of support. The contributions to the Red Cross made through WellPoint’s Charitable Giving Program receive a 50 percent match from the WellPoint Foundation.

“Our company understands the importance of pre-investing in the necessary resources, supplies and volunteers to be prepared to respond to our clients when they need us, and our Annual Disaster Giving Program builds a reliable funding base for those disaster relief services,” said Steve Martenet, president of WellPoint’s health plan in Missouri.

Jill Myers, regional chief development officer, American Red Cross Greater St. Louis Region, said that the goal of the Red Cross is to respond immediately to the needs of individuals and families impacted by disaster anywhere, regardless of cost.

The ERVs are a vital resource that aides the American Red Cross in response efforts.  From meals being served, volunteers being deployed and cleaning supplies being shipped to impacted areas, the ERV’s will get resources to the people in need, Martenet said. 

Other speakers included Dennis Jenkerson, chief of the St. Louis Fire Department;  Mike Caruso, major in the St. Louis Police Department; and Bill Siedhoff, director of the St. Louis City Department of Human Services.

Herkimer Telegram (N.Y.): Individuals who are blind participate in National Fitness Challenge

WellPoint Foundation and its affiliates are proud to support the USABA's National Fitness Challenge. 

This article from the Herkimer Telegram highlights the effort:

Fifteen people, most of whom are blind or visually impaired, are participating in the United States Association of Blind Athletes National Fitness Challenge in conjunction with Amerigroup Foundation.

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National Volunteer Week: Boys & Girls Clubs of America

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, our thanks to the Boys & Girls Clubs’ donors, volunteers, parents and staff combining to produce healthy futures for the next generation.

WellPoint Foundation is a proud supporter of Triple Play, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s youth wellness program which teaches the mind, body and soul elements of good health.

To learn more about Boys & Girls Clubs and Triple Play, please visit www.bgca.org.

National Volunteer Week: USABA & DSUSA

Some take sports for granted. Others don’t have many opportunities to take part in sports.

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, the WellPoint Foundation  thanks to the United States Association of Blind Athletes, Disabled Sports USA and the many other volunteers and organizations working to provide athletic opportunities to athletes who might have otherwise been left out of the game.

Disabled Sports USA



United States Association of Blind Athletes

National Volunteer Week: American Heart Association Hands-Only CPR

A three-year, $4.5 million WellPoint Foundation grant is supporting the American Heart Association’s Hands-Only CPR mobile tour and awareness campaign. At each tour stop, participants receive an inflatable training torso and are trained in two simple steps of Hands-Only CPR:

  1. If a teen or adult suddenly collapses, call 911; and
  2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the Bee Gees’ song, “Stayin’ Alive” until help arrives (The song has more than 100 beats per minute, which is the rate in which chest compressions should be given during Hands-Only CPR).

In recognition of National Volunteer Week, we thank all those who have not only taken Hands-Only CPR training, but also extended the message of each tour stop by training their friends and family in the lifesaving Hands-Only CPR method.

To learn more about Hands-Only CPR, please visit www.heart.org/handsonlycpr.

National Volunteer Week: OASIS Institute

WellPoint Foundation is a proud supporter of the OASIS Institute and thanks all the volunteers who help bring the CATCH Healthy Habits wellness program to life.

The OASIS Institute’s CATCH Healthy Habits pairs kids with adult volunteers to teach the importance of healthy eating and physical activity.

Survey results show the program is working, with improvements in physical activity and nutrition demonstrated by both the adult volunteer-facilitators and child participants.

As a result, in March 2013, WellPoint Foundation announced an additional $3.2 million grant to further expand and strengthen CATCH Healthy Habits, bringing it to a total of more than 150 locations in 19 cities across 15 states with the addition of sites in Tucson Ariz. and Sacramento, Calif.

In the video above, OASIS volunteer, Evelyn Gillespie, discusses why she volunteers with CATCH Healthy Habits and the value of this intergenerational program.

You can join Evelyn and help make a difference in the fight against childhood obesity by volunteering at one of the OASIS Institute’s locations and partner agencies across the country. Click here to learn more and sign up.

National Volunteer Week: American Cancer Society

WellPoint Foundation is proud to support the American Cancer Society and we thank its volunteers across the country who are improving the quality of life for cancer patients.

In February, WellPoint Foundation announced a new, $1.5 million grant to help reduce cancer screening disparities.

WellPoint associates also give personally and financially to the American Cancer Society. Donations made to the American Cancer Society through the company’s Associate Giving program receive a 50 percent match from the WellPoint Foundation, and the Foundation’s Dollars for Doers program contributes additional financial support based on volunteer hours logged by company associates.

WellPoint Foundation supports Washington mudslide relief efforts via Red Cross

The mudslide that recently struck Oso, Wash. devastated land and homes — killing at least 20 people, with 30 more still missing.  

As the disaster’s impact continues, the WellPoint Foundation announced it will make a $5,000 donation to the local chapter of the American Red Cross (Snohomish Co.) to assist with relief efforts.

"This is a painful time for all of us as we continue to witness the devastation of the mudslide on our community," said Daryl Edmonds, president of WellPoint’s Medicaid health plan in Washington.

The donation is part of WellPoint’s ongoing, national relationship with the American Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program, which helps ensure the organization is prepared before disaster strikes. This support enables the Red Cross to respond immediately, meeting the needs of individuals and families affected by disaster anywhere in the United States.

Since last week, the Red Cross has mobilized four response vehicles and nearly 100 trained workers to provide support for this situation. These workers have served 5,000 meals and snacks, and handed out dozens of comfort kits. Because of the difficult nature of this event, they have local mental health volunteers caring for families who have lost loved ones and are waiting for word on the missing. The Red Cross continues to work in close coordination with officials to determine how to best help the community and support emergency workers over the coming days.

To learn more and support the relief effort, please visit redcross.org.

Inside Philanthropy: WellPoint Targets Childhood Obesity With It's Biggest Grant Ever

From Inside Philanthropy:

Two weeks ago, the WellPoint Foundation announced a $10 million gift headed towards the Boys & Girls Club of America, to support their Triple Play initiative, which has childhood obesity directly in its crosshairs.

…“This grant – the largest in the history of our foundation—is being made because we’ve seen the success of the Triple Play program first-hand and we know it’s critical to the future health of our country,” says Lance Chrisman, WellPoint Foundation executive director. “We’re proud to work with Boys & Girls Clubs of America to encourage kids to have fun while eating healthier foods, becoming more physically active and feeling better about themselves.”

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Click here to learn more about the USABA National Fitness Challenge and the WellPoint Foundation grant supporting these athletes.

USA Stock Report: WellPoint Plays The Role of Good Samaritan

From USA Stock Report:

WellPoint Foundation a philanthropic arm of WellPoint, Inc (NYSE:WLP) has become Great Futures signature partner of BGCA’s healthy lifestyles platform and dedicated $10 million for this project. BGCA is trying to create awareness among our youth to fight with child obesity. It is running a program called Triple Play which is holistic approach to health and wellness.

…The $10 million assistance which will be provided for 5 years will be used by BGCA to create nationwide awareness through various medium and by exercise programming.

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Cleveland Plain Dealer: Boys & Girls Clubs of America receives $10 million grant to combat obesity

From the Cleveland Plain Dealer / Cleveland.com:

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America, which is working to combat childhood obesity, is the recipient of a five-year, $10 million grant from the WellPoint Foundation in support of the youth organization’s efforts.

…About three years ago, the WellPoint Foundation announced a $5 million commitment in support of Boys & Girls Club’s Triple Play: A Game Plan for the Mind, Body, and Soul. The program teaches young people about the importance of physical activity and proper nutrition. With the new grant from the foundation, the organization will expand its nutrition and exercise programming, which includes competitive and non-competitive games and physical activities, to communities and clubs across the country.

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Philanthrophy News Digest: Boys & Girls Clubs of America Receives $10 Million to Combat Obesity

From Philanthropy News Digest:

Boys & Girls Clubs of America has announced a five-year, $10 million grant from the WellPoint Foundation in support of the youth organization’s efforts to promote the importance of a healthy lifestyle.

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