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
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.
— Tampa Lighthouse (@TpaLighthouse)March 26, 2014
Click here to learn more about the USABA National Fitness Challenge and the WellPoint Foundation grant supporting these athletes.