This year’s Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Award winners include three nonprofit organizations serving residents in Ontario and Wayne counties.
Overall, 13 nonprofits in the Finger Lakes region each earned up to $4,000 allocated by the company for health and wellness programs in its 31-county upstate New York service area. The health plan is donating $91,200 to 33 nonprofits across upstate New York.
“The company’s grants demonstrate a corporate commitment to supporting local organizations that share our mission as a nonprofit health plan,” said Holly Snow, director of community health engagement, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield.
The winning programs include Council on Alcoholism and Addictions of the Finger Lakes, Home Meal Service Inc. and The Partnership for Ontario County Inc.
Council on Alcoholism and Addictions of the Finger Lakes in Ontario County received funding for its Hidden in Plain Sight, Telling Their Secrets program that helps parents, teachers and others identify signs of substance abuse. The program helps adults look for clues placed in a replica of a teen’s bedroom that may suggest the young adult is experimenting with or using drugs/alcohol. Its goal is to help increase awareness in order to intervene and possibly save lives.
Home Meal Service in Wayne County received new Meals on Wheels delivery equipment. Specialized delivery equipment must be used to meet state requirements for food safety. Funding will be used to purchase new food delivery carriers to provide an additional 500 hot, nutritious meals to Wayne County residents.
The Partnership for Ontario County received funding for its Community Support Center wellness programs. The center provides free services to residents of Ontario and surrounding counties, blending individual therapy, group counseling and wellness programs to support physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health and well-being.
Funding also went to 10 nonprofits in Monroe County: Angel Ministry of St. Marianne Cope Parish, AutismUp, Boys and Girls Club of Rochester, DePaul Community Services, Friendship Children’s Center, InterVol, Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach Inc., St. John Fisher College Wegmans School of Nursing, Volunteers of America of Western New York and Wilson Commencement Park.
“A big part of our mission as a nonprofit health plan is to help improve the health of the communities we serve,” Snow said. “We can’t accomplish this goal alone, which is why we rely upon our partnerships with Community Health Award winners to help residents live healthier and more secure lives.”
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