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The Humana Foundation Announces Recipients of Economic Response Grants

Eight Nonprofits Across the Country Awarded a Total of $300,000 in Grants


Monday, November 23, 2009 10:00 am EST



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LOUISVILLE, Ky.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--During the ongoing economic downturn that has touched the entire country, many nonprofit organizations have found their services – such as food pantries, temporary shelters and medical clinics – to be increasingly important to their communities. Complicating their ability to serve the public, a June 2009 study by the Giving USA Foundation shows that two-thirds of charities saw drops in donation levels in 2008, with expectations for a similar decline in 2009.

In response to these challenges, The Humana Foundation, philanthropic arm of health-benefits company Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM), launched an Economic Response Grant Program in August. Nonprofits were encouraged to submit project proposals between $10,000 and $50,000 focusing on safety-net services, including the provision of food, shelter and assistance to at-risk children and senior citizens. The Foundation received 161 applications from 24 states and selected eight nonprofits to receive Economic Response Grants totaling $300,000.

“In today’s economic climate, we understand that nonprofits are facing tough times,” said Virginia K. Judd, executive director of The Humana Foundation. “While resources are constrained, demand for services is on the rise. As the need becomes greater every day, we hope these Economic Response Grants will provide assistance for nonprofits to find innovative solutions to current challenges.”

The eight recipients of the Economic Response Grants include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee in Nashville, Tenn.; The Centre for Women in Tampa, Fla.; Covenant House Florida in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.; Dare to Care in Louisville, Ky.; Desert Mission in Phoenix.; HAVEN Inc. in Pontiac, Mich.; National Safe Place with locations in Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Louisville, Ky., and Ft. Myers, Fla.; and St. Vincent’s House in Galveston, Texas.

The Humana Foundation Economic Response Grant Recipients

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Middle Tennessee (BBBSMT), based in Nashville, Tenn., helps children reach their potential through one-to-one mentoring relationships. As a recipient of the Economic Response Grant, BBBSMT will supplement their recently launched Operation Mentor program, uniting more at-risk children with mentors in East Nashville. For more information, visit www.mentorakid.org.

The Centre for Women, based in Tampa, Fla., serves 3,000 members each year and provides substance-abuse treatment, employment services, family counseling, and programs for seniors and girls. To streamline operations and better serve its members, The Centre for Women will use the Economic Response Grant to update and consolidate software and databases. For more information, visit www.centreforwomen.org.

Covenant House Florida, based in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., provides residential care and services to disadvantaged, medically underserved homeless youth and their children. The More Opportunities for Mom Project, implemented through the Economic Response Grant, will help provide safety-net services to pregnant and parenting homeless teen mothers and their children. The goal is to help parents become more self-sufficient. For more information, visit www.covenanthousefl.org.

Dare to Care, based in Louisville, Ky., reaches more than 150,000 people in the Kentuckiana region through a network of 320 food pantries, emergency kitchens and shelters. In tough economic times, many nonprofits do not have the resources to operate a regular food pantry in their communities. Dare to Care will use the Economic Response Grant to help fund its 2010 Mobile Pantry program, which partners with community organizations to provide perishable and non-perishable food for immediate distribution. For more information, visit www.daretocare.org.

Desert Mission, based in Phoenix, provides care to vulnerable families in North Phoenix, with services including a food bank, community health center, children’s dental clinic, family resource center and learning center. The Economic Response Grant will be used to help supplement children’s medical costs at the health center and provide senior citizens with groceries at the food pantry. For more information, visit www.jcl.com/content/desertmission.

HAVEN Inc., based in Pontiac, Mich., strives to eliminate domestic violence and sexual assault across Oakland County and the surrounding communities. HAVEN will use the Economic Response Grant to help increase employment resources for the Residence Program for Domestic Violence Victims. Securing employment will help members live independently. For more information, visit www.haven-oakland.org.

National Safe Place provides access to immediate help and supportive resources for young people in crisis through a network of locations sustained by qualified agencies, trained volunteers and businesses. The Economic Response Grant funding will be used for additional Safe Place Agency training in Chicago, Dallas, Miami, Louisville, Ky., and Ft. Myers, Fla., cities where unemployment and homelessness rates outpace the national rate. These training programs will help agencies expand capacity and serve more youth. For more information, visit www.nationalsafeplace.org.

St. Vincent’s House, based in Galveston, Tex., provides outreach programs and social services, such as food, shelter, health care and child care, for the disadvantaged, underserved and working poor. As recipient of the Economic Response Grant, St. Vincent’s House will implement a program to provide prescription drug and vaccine assistance for its low-income population. For more information, visit www.stvhope.org.

About The Humana Foundation

The Humana Foundation was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., one of the nation’s leading health-benefits companies. The Foundation is located in Louisville, Ky., the site of Humana’s corporate headquarters. The Foundation’s mission is to support charitable activities that promote healthy lives and healthy communities. For more information, visit www.humanafoundation.org.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is one of the nation’s largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies, with approximately 10.3 million medical members and approximately 7.3 million specialty-benefit members. Humana is a full-service benefits solutions company, offering a wide array of health and supplemental 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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