Eleven nonprofits were named winners of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s December 2017 Community Health Awards.
Each nonprofit earned up to $3,500 of the $28,000 allocated by Excellus BCBS for health and wellness programs in the six-county Finger Lakes region.
Daystar for Medically Fragile Children in Brighton received $2,000 to help its pediatric nursing program enroll 40 children and ensure that its nursing staff has the materials and supplies needed to support each individual’s special needs.
“Excellus BCBS’s support will provide critical medical supplies and equipment to help our babies thrive as they are all struggling with complex medical healthcare needs” said Kim Condon, Daystar’s executive director.
Rochester Hearing & Speech Center received $3,500 for diagnostic devices and clinical supplies needed to help more low-income people get the care they need throughout its Outbound Community-based Audiology Services program.
Heritage Christian Services received $2,500 to fund scholarships and equipment for its therapeutic horseback riding program at Heritage Christian Stables in Webster.
Louis S. Wolk JCC of Greater Rochester in Brighton received $2,000 for a Stretching the Limits class that helps people with Parkinson’s disease improve flexibility, strength, posture and balance.
Pittsford Youth Services received $3,000 for its youth bereavement therapy program, which includes support of Camp Heartstrings, a summer camp for children, and therapeutic counseling for families who’ve experienced the loss of a loved one.
“Thanks to the support of community partners such as Excellus BCBS, Pittsford Youth Services will be able to fill the void in bereavement therapy services for children and will have an immeasurable impact on a grieving child, and their family, at a critical time in their lives,” said Jill Lennox, executive director, Pittsford Youth Services.
Refugees Helping Refugees in Rochester received $2,000 for A Voice for Women program that focuses on women’s health issues, such as family planning, female genital cutting and childbirth.
Other winners include nonprofits in Livingston and Ontario counties, including the Catholic Charities of Livingston County, $3,000; Livingston CARES, $3,000; Thrive to Survive in Ontario County, $3,000; Friends of Ganondagan in Ontario County, $2,000; and Ionia Volunteer Fire Co., $2,000, in Ontario County.
Overall, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield in the spring and winter of 2017 allocated about $175,000 in Community Health Awards to about 60 nonprofits in its 31-county upstate New York service area.
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