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Humana Invites Charities to Apply for $100,000 Grant

Goal of Program is to Make Transformational Impact on Houston Nonprofit Organization


Wednesday, April 28, 2010 10:30 am EDT



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"This is the sixth year Humana has sponsored this charitable-awards program in Houston and I am continually amazed at the positive and transformational impact the grants have made in our community"

HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Local charities are being invited to apply for a $100,000 grant in the Humana Communities Benefit – Houston charitable award program sponsored by health-benefits company Humana Inc. (NYSE: HUM).

The program is open to 501(c)(3) organizations located in the Houston area focused on improving health experiences or building healthy communities in the areas of:

● Childhood health and education – Projects or initiatives that seek to improve health and academic achievement of children through the educational landscape

● Family wellness and active lifestyles – Projects or initiatives that strengthen the health of families through physical, social, mental, emotional or environmental support

● Health literacy for diverse populations and seniors – Projects or initiatives dedicated to improving people’s ability to access, understand and use health information, especially low-income populations, and senior citizens

“This is the sixth year Humana has sponsored this charitable-awards program in Houston and I am continually amazed at the positive and transformational impact the grants have made in our community,” said Pattie Dale Tye, president of Humana’s commercial operations in Houston. “Through our commitment to these nonprofit organizations, Humana hopes to inspire others – individual donors and corporations – to lend a hand to the organizations that make a difference in promoting healthy lives and a healthy community.”

Applications from eligible nonprofit organizations are being accepted now through Friday, June 11. A panel of local judges, comprised of community leaders, public officials and business representatives will work with Humana to select the $100,000 grant winner. Finalists will make a formal presentation before the panel of community-leader judges. The winner will be announced at a celebratory dinner Thursday, September 23.

Houston-based nonprofit organizations are encouraged to visit www.Humana.com/HCB to download a copy of this year’s application and review program guidelines. Questions can also be directed to Humana by calling 713-513-4929 or by e-mail to HoustonBenefits@humana.com.

Since 2005, Humana Communities Benefit has awarded a one-time, $100,000 grant to a different Houston-based 501(c)(3) organization to benefit the metropolitan area. Past recipients of the grant include:

  • In 2009, Star of Hope Mission, a homeless shelter and recovery program, used the grant to expand their existing Teen Program. Funding purchased passenger vans, audio-visual equipment, and computers and furniture for the program, all designed to nurture, inspire and enliven the spirit of homeless teenagers.
  • In 2008, the Houston Food Bank used the grant to support its Mobile Pantry Program including the purchase of new refrigerated trucks.
  • In 2007, Texas Center for the Missing, an organization that provides support for families, law enforcement and volunteers searching for missing children, used the grant to purchase a Mobile Search and Education Lab.
  • In 2006, SIRE, Houston’s Therapeutic Equestrian Center, an organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with disabilities using horseback riding, used the grant to fund an outdoor riding arena in Spring, Texas.
  • In 2005, El Centro de Corazon, a women’s health and pediatric care clinic located in East Houston, used the grant to furnish a women’s clinic for obstetrics services.

About Humana

Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is one of the nation’s largest publicly traded health and supplemental benefits companies, with approximately 10.4 million medical members and approximately 7.2 million specialty-benefit 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 49-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.

More information regarding Humana is available to investors via the Investor Relations page of the company’s web site at http://www.humana.com, including copies of:

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Humana Corporate Communications
Ross McLerran, 210-617-1771