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Humana Awards $100,000 Chicago Benefits Grant To The Anti-Cruelty Society

Nonprofit organization improves health of Chicago’s animals, as well as their owners


Monday, August 31, 2009 10:36 am EDT



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CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--More than half of all households in the United States have a pet, and with good reason: owning or interacting regularly with animals helps people live longer and lead healthier lives, both physically and mentally. In fact, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pets can help lower blood pressure, cholesterol and triglyceride levels; decrease feelings of loneliness and stress; and increase opportunities for exercise, outdoor activities and socialization. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to be a good pet owner - the U.S. media reported more than 1,600 cases of animal abuse last year alone, and The Anti-Cruelty Society acknowledges there are thousands more cases that do not reach the media.

Recognizing that preventing animal cruelty creates healthier, happier communities, The Anti-Cruelty Society, Chicago’s comprehensive, open-admission, unlimited stay humane society, has received a $100,000 grant in the seventh annual Chicago Benefits program funded by Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), one of Chicago’s largest providers of health benefits. www.chicagobenefits.org

“The Anti-Cruelty Society is extremely grateful to Humana for these funds, which will go toward improving the lives of both people and animals,” said Dr. Robyn Barbiers, president of The Anti-Cruelty Society. “Specifically, the $100,000 grant will improve our technologies to track and identify animal abuse trends and target outreach efforts in the Chicago neighborhoods most in need of education on responsible pet ownership.”

Considering the link between animal violence and domestic violence – The Humane Society of the United States reports that 71 percent of domestic violence victims report that their abuser also targeted their animal – The Anti-Cruelty Society will also implement an after-school anti-violence ambassador program for Chicago teens focusing on the connection between human violence and cruelty to animals. http://www.anticruelty.org

“On behalf of Humana’s Chicago Benefits program, I want to extend my congratulations to The Anti-Cruelty Society, which, for more than 100 years, has helped Chicago animals and their owners to live more peacefully,” said Michael Kasper, president of Humana’s Illinois market and Chicago Benefits co-chair. “It is an honor to be able to provide the funds that will help improve the health and well being of Chicago communities.”

A panel of local judges comprised of community leaders, public officials and business representatives, worked with Humana to select The Anti-Cruelty Society as the recipient of the $100,000 Chicago Benefits grant, awarded at a celebratory event on August 27, 2009, at the River East Arts Center.

Two other Chicago Benefits finalists also received funding. HealthReach Incorporated, a not-for-profit health care safety net provider dedicated to improving and maintaining the health and well being of medically underserved individuals and families of Lake County, was awarded $15,000 as first runner-up. The organization will use the funds in creating a comprehensive free eye care center. http://www.healthreachcares.org

Second runner-up, The Posse Foundation, a youth leadership development program that identifies, recruits and trains promising students from disadvantaged urban backgrounds and sends them in “posses,” which are multicultural, supportive cohorts, to top colleges and universities with four-year, full-tuition merit scholarships, was granted $5,000. The grant will help the foundation add technological enhancements and create best practice manuals. http://www.possefoundation.org

“In 2003, the Chicago Benefits charitable program was developed to benefit the people and communities of the Chicago metropolitan area,” explained Deborah Gracey, president of Humana’s Medicare organization in the company’s Great Lakes region. “And, over the past seven years, the program has made a significant impact, awarding more than $800,000 in grants to local nonprofits doing their part to ensure Chicago-area communities remain happy and healthy.”

About Chicago Benefits

Chicago Benefits is designed to give local, nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organizations the opportunity to receive a one-time grant to create new programs or enhance ongoing activities. Chicago Benefits supports nonprofit organizations located in the Chicago metropolitan area that address one of three areas:

  • Mind: Projects or institutions that seek to improve the educational landscape, resulting in higher levels of achievement
  • Body: Projects or human service agencies engaged in the promotion of healthy bodies and lifestyles
  • Spirit: Projects or civic and cultural development organizations that seek to inspire communities and enliven the human spirit

In 2008, the Chicago Benefits charitable awards program awarded grants to three area charities. Misericordia, a community of care in Chicago for more than 550 children and adults with developmental disabilities, won the signature $100,000 award, enabling the organization to provide members with developmental learning opportunities through the addition of a Technology Enabled Learning Center. Finalists Lifelink and Pro Se Services were also honored.

Chicago Benefits is celebrating its seventh anniversary in 2009, with a legacy of more than $800,000 awarded since its inception. Chicago Benefits is the flagship program of Our Communities Benefit, Humana’s community giving program, currently active in nine areas: Atlanta, Arizona, Greater Cincinnati, Houston, Kansas City, Louisiana, Tampa Bay and Utah.

Visit www.chicagobenefits.org for more information.

About Humana Inc.

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky, is one of the nation’s largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies, with approximately 10.3 million medical members. Humana is a full-service benefits solutions company, offering a wide array of health and supplementary benefit plans for employer groups, government programs and individuals.

Over its 48-year history, Humana has consistently seized opportunities to meet changing customer needs. Today, the company is a leader in consumer engagement, providing guidance that leads to lower costs and a better health plan experience throughout its diversified customer portfolio.

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