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Red Cross: Corporate Partners Help Prepare for Hurricane Season

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WellPoint Foundation is a proud member of the American Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program — a group of companies that give to the Red Cross in advance of emergencies so the organization may quickly respond when needed.

The following is a copy of an American Red Cross press release describing how the ADGP is helping the organization prepare for the upcoming hurricane season.   

Corporate Partners Help Red Cross Prepare for Hurricane Season

WASHINGTON, June 5, 2014 — As the 2014 Hurricane season begins, the American Red Cross is ready to help people when disasters strike, thanks to the help of more than 95 leading corporations that give through the organization’s Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) and Disaster Responder Program.

Members of both programs pledge donations in advance of major disasters, which provide the Red Cross with a reliable funding base to immediately respond during and after a disaster. Funding from members supports Red Cross disaster relief activities, including sheltering, feeding, purchasing and distributing relief supplies, storing equipment, providing health and emotional support and reconnecting individuals separated during disasters.

“Every day throughout the year, the Red Cross is on the front lines helping people who have been affected by home fires, natural disasters and countless other devastating emergencies, and we are so grateful for our Annual Disaster Giving Program and Disaster Responder partners,” said Gail McGovern, president and CEO at the American Red Cross. “Their commitment to our mission allows the Red Cross to have vital resources in place before a disaster strikes so we can respond immediately with relief and support to communities in need nationwide.”

The 2014 hurricane season outlook of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Climate Prediction Center is for a 50 percent chance of a below-normal hurricane season, a 40 percent chance of a near-normal season and only a 10 percent chance of an above-normal season. However, it only takes one major storm to devastate a community. It is imperative for communities to prepare now for the unexpected.

People who live in a hurricane-prone area can prepare before a hurricane strikes by developing a family emergency and evacuation plan and building a disaster kit with basic supplies—water, first aid kit, flashlight, non-perishable food items and a battery-powered or hand-crank radio. Individuals should also download the free Red Cross Hurricane App for more information to keep their family safe before, during and after a storm.

The generous investments from ADGP and Disaster Responder members enable the Red Cross to prepare communities for disasters big and small, respond whenever and wherever disasters occur and help families during the recovery process.

The 2014 members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program are: 3M; Altria Group; American Express; Anheuser-Busch Foundation; Aon; AT&T; Bank of America; BNY Mellon; Caterpillar Inc.; CHS Foundation; Cisco Foundation; Citi Foundation; Community Safety Foundation, funded by CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer; ConAgra Foods Foundation; Costco Wholesale Corporation; Darden Restaurants Foundation; Dell Inc.; Discover; Disney; Dr Pepper Snapple Group; eBay Inc.; Edison International; FedEx Corporation; GE Foundation; Grainger; H-E-B; Hewlett-Packard Company Foundation; The Home Depot; Humble Bundle; John Deere Foundation; Johnson Controls; Kimberly-Clark Corporation; Kraft Foods Group Foundation; Lowe’s Companies, Inc.; Mazda North American Operations; Medtronic; Meijer; Merck & Co., Inc.; Mondelēz International Foundation; National Grid; Nationwide Insurance Foundation; Northrop Grumman Corporation; PepsiCo Foundation; Samsung; Southwest Airlines; Sprint; State Farm; Target; TD Ameritrade; The Pew Charitable Trusts; The TJX Companies, Inc.; United Airlines; United Technologies Corporation; University of Phoenix; UPS; US Airways; VSP Vision Care; Walmart; Wawa; WellPoint Foundation; and Wells Fargo.

The 2014 members of the Red Cross Disaster Responder Program are: Alcoa; ArcelorMittal; AstraZeneca; AXA Foundation; Ball Corporation; Carlson Rezidor Hotels; The Clorox Company; Delta Air Lines; Farmers Insurance; Ford Motor Company; General Motors Foundation; H&M; H&R Block; Ingersoll Rand Foundation; Land O’Lakes, Inc.; Marsh & McLennan Companies; MetLife Foundation; Morgan Stanley; New Balance Foundation; Northwestern Mutual and the Northwestern Mutual Foundation; Procter & Gamble Company; PuroClean; Residence Inn by Marriott; Ryder Charitable Foundation; Starbucks Coffee Company and Starbucks Foundation; Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide Foundation, Inc.; State Street; Sunoco; Texas Instruments; T O Y O T A; UBS Americas; US Bank; and Western Union Foundation.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCross.


Related: American Red Cross Mobile Apps Offer Valuable Tools & Information

Be Prepared: Red Cross Mobile Apps Offer Valuable Tools & Information

Spring and summer months bring with them hurricane and tornado season, and the American Red Cross has powerful mobile apps to help you be prepared for natural disasters and first aid situations.

WellPoint Foundation is a proud member of the American Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program, and we want you to be prepared. Stay safe this season — and every season — by downloading all of the Red Cross’ apps to your favorite device today.

App images and summaries via redcross.org:


Hurricane App

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Be ready for severe weather with Hurricane by American Red Cross - A hurricane tracker app available for iPhone and Android. Monitor conditions in your area or throughout the storm track, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an area where a hurricane may strike or has loved ones who do.

To download: text ‘GETCANE’ to 90999 or search ‘Red Cross Hurricane’ in the Apple App Store or Google Play.


Tornado App

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Get your family and home ready for a tornado with the official Tornado App from the American Red Cross. The tornado warning app puts everything you need to know to prepare for a tornado – and all that comes with it – in the palm of your hand. With interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to be ready.

To download: text ‘GETNADO’ to 90999 or search ‘Red Cross Tornado’ in the Apple App Store or Google Play.


Earthquake Notification App

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Be ready for an earthquake with Earthquake by American Red Cross. Receive alerts and notifications when an earthquake occurs, prepare your family and home, find help and let others know you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an earthquake-prone area or has loved ones who do.


Flood App

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The American Red Cross Flood app is the complete solution you need to understand and prepare for flooding and all that comes with it. Download it directly from the iTunes and Google Play app stores.


Wildfire App

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Be ready for wildfire with Wildfire by the American Red Cross. Get the latest state-by-state Wildfire news and updates, prepare your family, home and pets, let loved ones know that you are safe even if the power is out – a must have for anyone who lives in an area that is susceptible to wildfires or has loved ones that do.

To download: search ‘Red Cross Wildfire’ in the Apple App Store or Google Play.


Shelter Finder

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When disaster strikes know when and where shelters have been opened to provide assistance…The Shelter Finder displays open Red Cross shelters and their current population on an easy to use map interface.

…the application maps locations and shelter details across the United States. Zoom in to the local area. View shelter details: the agency managing the shelter, capacity of the shelter and current population, the associated disaster event and the specific shelter address and location.


Team Red Cross: Volunteer App

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Team Red Cross wants you! Join Team Red Cross to help provide the care and comfort needed to communities when the unthinkable occurs.

Each year, more than one million Americans work with the Red Cross as volunteers serving local community needs. Every day, these volunteers provide care and comfort helping victims of fires, floods, storms, and other disasters. The more severe the disaster, the more volunteers we need, sometimes at a moment’s notice.

Team Red Cross wants people with various backgrounds, talents, and skill levels. Everyone has something special to offer…including you. Make a difference and join Team Red Cross!


Pet First Aid App

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Take care of your furry family member. The American Red Cross Pet First Aid app puts veterinary advice for everyday emergencies in the palm of your hand. Get the app and be prepared to act when called upon. With videos, interactive quizzes and simple step-by-step advice it’s never been easier to know Pet First Aid.


Swim App

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Get the most out of Red Cross swim lessons with the Swim App. Created as a companion to the newly-updated Learn-to-Swim program (including Preschool Aquatics), this app will help you keep your swimmer motivated, while providing you the latest in water safety guidance to help ensure your family stays safe in, on and around the water. Download it directly from the iTunes, Google Play or Amazon Marketplace app stores.

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.

Red Cross: Providing Comfort after Midwest Tornadoes

From the American Red Cross:

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The American Red Cross is responding across five states to help people affected by Sunday’s devastating tornado outbreak and severe weather in the Midwest, providing food, shelter and comfort to families and individuals in need.

…Twelve Red Cross shelters were open in the hardest hit states of Illinois, Indiana and Ohio Sunday night. Meanwhile, Red Cross workers also are helping people in Kentucky and Michigan whose homes were damaged from storms. As roads reopen, Red Cross emergency vehicles will hand out meals, snacks and relief supplies in affected communities. Emergency aid stations are also open in some areas where people can get food and snacks, mental health and health care services, and information about what help is available.

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The WellPoint Foundation is proud to be a member of the American Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program and thanks the organization for all it is doing to provide needed services throughout our communities.

Photo above: American Red Cross

Red Cross Shelter Finder App Available for iPhone

Technology is making finding help a little easier. The American Red Cross’ Shelter View app for iPhone allows users to pinpoint current shelter locations on a map. The locations are regularly updated, putting accurate information just a few taps away.

Shelter View is available in the iTunes Store. To learn more, click here.

The WellPoint Foundation is proud to be a member of the Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program and thanks the organization for all it’s doing to help persons affected by recent storms at home and abroad.

The WellPoint Foundation and WellPoint associates across the country are proud supporters of the American Red Cross. Our ongoing thanks to all those who provide relief when it is needed the most.

American Red Cross Responding to Colorado Wildfires
Additional $25,000 Directed to Relief EffortOur hearts go out to all those affected by the wildfires in Colorado.As of Friday, June 14, 2013, the American Red Cross reports that fires have forced thousands of people have from their homes, and caused hundreds of people to overnight at Red Cross shelters.At this time, the Red Cross is recommending individuals communicate if they are safe and sound to their loved ones by updating their social media accounts and/or registering their “safe” status on the American Red Cross Safe and Well website: www.redcross.org/safeandwell. According to the Red Cross, wildfires often begin unnoticed and spread quickly, so it’s vital that people know what to do to help protect themselves, their loved ones and their property. To that end, smartphone users are encouraged to download the free Red Cross Wildfire app for iPhone and Android for instant access to information on what to do before, during and after wildfires – even without mobile connectivity. WellPoint Foundation, WellPoint and its associates are ongoing supporters of the Red Cross, and we’re honored to be is one of only 10 $1 million donors to the Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program. By supporting the Red Cross before disaster strikes, the men and women of WellPoint are helping to make sure the organization has the resources it needs to be prepared and take action when needed.Charitable pledges made through the company’s annual Associate Giving Campaign receive a 50 percent match from the WellPoint Foundation.In the most recent campaign, WellPoint associates in Colorado and the WellPoint Foundation combined to pledge $40,000  to support the Red Cross’ work.Today, the WellPoint Foundation today asked the Red Cross to allocate another $25,000 of our charitable pledges to Colorado to support the wildfire relief efforts.Our sincere thanks to the Red Cross, local health professionals, first responders and government officials for their ongoing work.For more information and to contribute to the relief effort in Colorado, please visit www.redcross.org.

American Red Cross Responding to Colorado Wildfires

Additional $25,000 Directed to Relief Effort

Our hearts go out to all those affected by the wildfires in Colorado.

As of Friday, June 14, 2013, the American Red Cross reports that fires have forced thousands of people have from their homes, and caused hundreds of people to overnight at Red Cross shelters.

At this time, the Red Cross is recommending individuals communicate if they are safe and sound to their loved ones by updating their social media accounts and/or registering their “safe” status on the American Red Cross Safe and Well website: www.redcross.org/safeandwell.

According to the Red Cross, wildfires often begin unnoticed and spread quickly, so it’s vital that people know what to do to help protect themselves, their loved ones and their property. To that end, smartphone users are encouraged to download the free Red Cross Wildfire app for iPhone and Android for instant access to information on what to do before, during and after wildfires – even without mobile connectivity.

WellPoint Foundation, WellPoint and its associates are ongoing supporters of the Red Cross, and we’re honored to be is one of only 10 $1 million donors to the Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program. By supporting the Red Cross before disaster strikes, the men and women of WellPoint are helping to make sure the organization has the resources it needs to be prepared and take action when needed.

Charitable pledges made through the company’s annual Associate Giving Campaign receive a 50 percent match from the WellPoint Foundation.In the most recent campaign, WellPoint associates in Colorado and the WellPoint Foundation combined to pledge $40,000  to support the Red Cross’ work.

Today, the WellPoint Foundation today asked the Red Cross to allocate another $25,000 of our charitable pledges to Colorado to support the wildfire relief efforts.

Our sincere thanks to the Red Cross, local health professionals, first responders and government officials for their ongoing work.

For more information and to contribute to the relief effort in Colorado, please visit www.redcross.org.

Download American Red Cross Wildfire App for iOS and Android
American Red Cross:

Be ready for wildfires with the official Red Cross wildfire app. “Blaze Warnings” let you see where NOAA has issued wildfire warnings, “Blaze Alerts” notify you when a new wildfire occurs and the “Blaze Path Tracker” gives you a current view of the wildfire’s track and perimeter. You can also let loved ones know that you are safe even if the power is out and learn what steps you should take to prepare your family, home and pets – all from the palm of your hand.
From your mobile phone, call **REDCROSS (**73327677) and we will send you a link to download the iPhone / Android app or visit iTunes or Google Play app stores.

Download American Red Cross Wildfire App for iOS and Android

American Red Cross:

Be ready for wildfires with the official Red Cross wildfire app. “Blaze Warnings” let you see where NOAA has issued wildfire warnings, “Blaze Alerts” notify you when a new wildfire occurs and the “Blaze Path Tracker” gives you a current view of the wildfire’s track and perimeter. You can also let loved ones know that you are safe even if the power is out and learn what steps you should take to prepare your family, home and pets – all from the palm of your hand.

From your mobile phone, call **REDCROSS (**73327677) and we will send you a link to download the iPhone / Android app or visit iTunes or Google Play app stores.

American Red Cross Safe and Well Website Connecting Family, FriendsDo you live near the wildfires in Colorado or know someone who does? Encourage your friends, family and loved ones to use the American Red Cross Safe and Well website. Individuals can use the site to register their “safe” status, and friends and family members from around the globe can use the site to look-up loved ones who have checked in.In addition to the website, the American Red Cross encourages individuals to update their social media accounts to let friends and family know when they are safe.

American Red Cross Safe and Well Website Connecting Family, Friends

Do you live near the wildfires in Colorado or know someone who does? Encourage your friends, family and loved ones to use the American Red Cross Safe and Well website.

Individuals can use the site to register their “safe” status, and friends and family members from around the globe can use the site to look-up loved ones who have checked in.

In addition to the website, the American Red Cross encourages individuals to update their social media accounts to let friends and family know when they are safe.

Wildfire safety tips from the American Red Cross

  • Be ready to leave at a moment’s notice. Visit www.redcross.org to find a shelter.
  • Listen to local media for updated emergency information.
  • Always back your car into the garage or park it in an open space facing the direction of escape.
  • Confine pets to one room so you can find them if you need to evacuate quickly.
  • Arrange for temporary housing at a friend or relative’s home outside the threatened area.
  • Listen and watch for air quality reports and health warnings about smoke.
  • Keep indoor air clean by closing windows and doors to prevent outside smoke from getting in.
  • Use the recycle or re-circulate mode on the air conditioner in your home or car. If you do not have air conditioning and it is too hot to stay inside with closed windows, seek shelter elsewhere.
  • When smoke levels are high, do not use anything that burns and adds to indoor air pollution, such as candles, fireplaces and gas stoves. Do not vacuum because it stirs up particles that are already inside your home.
  • If you have asthma or another lung disease, follow your health care provider’s advice and seek medical care if your symptoms worsen.


Please click on the headline link above for additional information about the Colorado wildfire and to view resources available from the American Red Cross.

Red Cross Ad Highlights Corporate Giving

The new issue of Fortune magazine includes an advertisement from the American Red Cross describing the role ongoing support from corporations and corporate foundations plays in the organization’s ability to carryout its mission. The WellPoint Foundation is honored to be a member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program and to be included in the magazine advertisement.

Members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program pledge donations on an ongoing basis, in advance of major disasters, to help the Red Cross ensure an immediate response to meet the needs of those affected by disasters of all sizes, at no cost and regardless of income. WellPoint’s support for the American Red Cross comes primarily from the company’s annual Associate Giving Campaign. Employee contributions to the Red Cross made through the annual charitable pledge drive receive a 50 percent match from the WellPoint Foundation.

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WellPoint Joins $1 Million Donors to the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program

Assistance Critical to Enabling Red Cross to Respond to Disasters in the U.S.

The American Red Cross today recognized WellPoint Inc. and the WellPoint Foundation for its commitments of $1M in 2012 and in 2013 in support of Red Cross disaster response work through the Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP).

Members of the Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program pledge donations on an ongoing basis, in advance of major disasters, to help the Red Cross ensure an immediate response to meet the needs of those affected by disasters of all sizes, at no cost and regardless of income.

“The generous support of WellPoint and its associates will help the Red Cross immediately respond to the needs of people impacted by disaster throughout the United States,” said American Red Cross President and CEO Gail McGovern. “As a member at the $1 million level, WellPoint is helping to create a reliable funding base for disaster relief services, providing food, shelter, emotional support and other essential assistance to disaster victims.”

One of the nation’s largest health benefits companies, WellPoint joined the Red Cross ADGP in 2012 as part of its commitment to improve the lives of the people it serves and the health of American communities. The men and women of WellPoint give to the Red Cross through the company’s annual Associate Giving Campaign, and all campaign pledges receive a 50 percent match from the WellPoint Foundation. This year, its more than 36,000 associates elected to increase their commitment to help the Red Cross help communities in need.

“We are honored to be a part of the Annual Disaster Giving Program and thank the Red Cross for all they do,” said Lance Chrisman, executive director of the WellPoint Foundation. “We believe a proactive approach is the best approach when it comes to storm and disaster relief. By donating before disaster strikes we’re working to make sure the Red Cross has the tools and resources it needs to be able to quickly provide assistance and support.”

People can join the Annual Disaster Giving Program members in supporting Red Cross Disaster Relief and help provide food, shelter, emotional support and other assistance to the victims of thousands of disasters across the country each year. Visit redcross.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) to make a donation.

Source: Red Cross press release, click here to read complete text.

Red Cross:

Corporate Donations Help Red Cross Respond after SandyWASHINGTON, Friday, November 9, 2012 — In response to Superstorm Sandy, companies large and small, representing industries across the United States, are supporting people in need by donating to the American Red Cross.
…Throughout the year, corporate members of the Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) allow the Red Cross to prepare for and respond to the needs of people affected by disaster across the United States, regardless of cost. Before Sandy made landfall, ADGP funds were helping the Red Cross open shelters, pre-position supplies and move disaster workers. Beyond their annual commitment, many of these members have made further financial gifts to the Red Cross in support of the ongoing Sandy relief operation.

The WellPoint Foundation is proud to support the American Red Cross and we thank them for the work they are doing to help the East Coast recover from Superstorm Sandy. 
WellPoint employee contributions made to the Red Cross through the company’s annual Associate Giving Campaign receive a 50 percent match from the WellPoint Foundation. In recognition of this support, WellPoint Foundation has been named a member of the Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program. 
By supporting the Red Cross before disaster strikes, WellPoint Foundation is helping to make sure the organization has the resources it needs to be prepared and take action when needed.
You can better prepare yourself for changing weather, first aid situations and unforeseen events by downloading the Red Cross’ mobile apps.
Note: the infographic above was created by the American Red Cross and is available at redcross.org.

Red Cross:

Corporate Donations Help Red Cross Respond after Sandy

WASHINGTON, Friday, November 9, 2012 — In response to Superstorm Sandy, companies large and small, representing industries across the United States, are supporting people in need by donating to the American Red Cross.

…Throughout the year, corporate members of the Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP) allow the Red Cross to prepare for and respond to the needs of people affected by disaster across the United States, regardless of cost. Before Sandy made landfall, ADGP funds were helping the Red Cross open shelters, pre-position supplies and move disaster workers. Beyond their annual commitment, many of these members have made further financial gifts to the Red Cross in support of the ongoing Sandy relief operation.

The WellPoint Foundation is proud to support the American Red Cross and we thank them for the work they are doing to help the East Coast recover from Superstorm Sandy. 

WellPoint employee contributions made to the Red Cross through the company’s annual Associate Giving Campaign receive a 50 percent match from the WellPoint Foundation. In recognition of this support, WellPoint Foundation has been named a member of the Red Cross’ Annual Disaster Giving Program

By supporting the Red Cross before disaster strikes, WellPoint Foundation is helping to make sure the organization has the resources it needs to be prepared and take action when needed.

You can better prepare yourself for changing weather, first aid situations and unforeseen events by downloading the Red Cross’ mobile apps.

Note: the infographic above was created by the American Red Cross and is available at redcross.org.

WellPoint Foundation Wins Gold Stevie Award for Corporate Social Responsibility

The WellPoint Foundation has won a Gold Stevie Award in recognition of its work to improve health and strengthen communities. One of the country’s premier business awards, the Stevie recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of individuals and organizations. The WellPoint Foundation was named a winner in the “Corporate Social Responsibility Program of the Year - More Than 2,500 Employees” category for its efforts throughout 2011.

Major grants provided by the WellPoint Foundation in 2011 include:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America – Triple Play: A three-year, $5 million grant to address the growing threat of childhood obesity by supporting and expanding the nonprofit’s Triple Play wellness program;
  • OASIS Institute – CATCH Healthy Habits: A two-year, $2.7 million grant to expand an intergenerational wellness program to 18 locations in 14 states;
  • March of Dimes: A $1 million grant to support group-based prenatal care for at-risk mothers, a preterm birth toolkit and a public awareness campaign;
  • American Cancer Society – Patient Navigator Program:  A two-year, $1.5 million grant to help newly-diagnosed patients, families and caregivers navigate the many systems encountered during the cancer journey; and
  • AmeriCares and the American Red Cross: Contributions to tsunami relief efforts in Japan through AmeriCares, and tornado relief in Georgia, Missouri and Virginia through the American Red Cross.

The WellPoint Foundation promotes WellPoint’s inherent commitment to enhance the health and well-being of individuals and families in communities that WellPoint serves.  The WellPoint Foundation underwrites the company’s annual Community Service Day and provides a 50 percent match of pledges made through the company’s annual Associate Giving Campaign. In 2011, more than 160 sites throughout 24 states and the District of Columbia benefitted from Community Service Day projects, and – with the WellPoint Foundation match – more than $6.8 million was pledged to six health charities.

WellPoint Contributing to Storm Relief Efforts

$50,000 grant for American Red Cross Spring Storms fund

To help communities across the Midwest recover from severe storms and tornados, WellPoint today announced that its corporate foundation has granted $50,000 to the American Red Cross 2012 Spring Storms fund.  The Red Cross is using the funds to provide food, shelter and other relief to impacted individuals and families in states such as Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Missouri and Ohio. 

“The men and women of WellPoint are committed to improving the lives of the people we serve and the health of our communities,” said Lance Chrisman, executive director of the WellPoint Foundation. “Our hearts go out to those affected by the recent severe weather, and we thank the Red Cross for all they are doing to provide comfort and support when it is needed the most.”

WellPoint, its foundation and associates are longstanding supporters of the Red Cross, and the organization is one of six charities included in the company’s Associate Giving Campaign.  In 2011, pledges from WellPoint associates, combined with a 50 percent match from the WellPoint Foundation, resulted in Red Cross chapters receiving more than $500,000 through the annual campaign.  Also last year, the WellPoint Foundation made a $100,000 donation to the Red Cross for storm relief efforts in Georgia, Virginia and Missouri.  In recognition of this ongoing support, the Red Cross has named the WellPoint Foundation a member of its Annual Disaster Giving Program. 

Additional information about WellPoint, its community work and disaster relief efforts can be found at www.wellpointcorporateresponsibility.com.