CHICAGO, July 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) recently gave $960,000 in grants to 83 501(c)3 organizations in Illinois. In line with its mission, “to promote the health and wellness of our members and communities through accessible, cost-effective, quality health care,” BCBSIL’s giving focused mostly on community-based organizations that provide hands-on health services to the uninsured. BCBSIL also funded programs that provide human services and education to underserved communities in the state, as well as arts organizations. This was the first of two grant cycles that BCBSIL holds annually.
In addition, BCBSIL donated $90,000 in credits toward IBM Certified Used Equipment to 28 local nonprofits in collaboration with IBM. The non-profits used this “credit” to obtain needed laptops, desktops and monitors.
“Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois is proud to support health and other much-needed services for those who may not have access otherwise,” said Clarita Santos, director of Community Health Initiatives at BCBSIL. “We have targeted many public health organizations that are making a real difference in communities, and we also are supporting programs that promote child health and wellness.”
For more information about BCBSIL’s charitable giving programs, contact Jennifer Tani at (312) 653-7159 or e-mail her at [email protected] Visit http://www.bcbsil.com/about_us/involvement.htm to apply online for a grant. Applications for the second grant cycle are due September 30, 2008.
The latest grantees are: 1. A Safe Place 2. Access Community Health Network 3. AGAPE Youth Network 4. Alexian Brothers AIDS Ministry 5. Alivio Medical Center 6. Alliance for Community Peace 7. American Indian Center (AIC) 8. American Lung Association of Illinois- Greater Chicago 9. Apna Ghar 10. Arab-American Family Services 11. Asian Health Coalition of Illinois 12. Association House of Chicago 13. Avenues to Independence 14. Between Friends 15. Blue Cap 16. Boys Town 17. BUILD 18. Care For Real 19. CASA of Williamson County 20. Cathedral Counseling Center 21. Centro San Bonifacio 22. Chicago Area Project 23. Chicago Christian Industrial League 24. Chicago Coalition for the Homeless 25. Chicago Family Health Center 26. Chicago Freedom School 27. Chicago House and Social Service Agency 28. Chicagoland Bicycle Federation 29. Childcare Network of Evanston 30. Children's Home + Aid 31. Christian Outreach of Lutherans 32. Christopher House 33. CoACH Care Center 34. Community Health Care Clinic 35. CommunityHealth 36. Connections for Abused Women and their Children 37. Deborah's Place 38. Developmental Services Center (DSC) 39. Edwards County Council on Aging 40. Family Health Partnership Clinic 41. Family House 42. Free People's Clinic 43. Global Girls 44. Goldie's Place 45. Hands of Hope Family Clinic 46. Holy Family Ministries 47. Housing Opportunities for Women 48. Howard Area Community Center 49. Infant Welfare Clinic 50. Inspiration Corporation 51. Japanese American Service Committee (JASC) 52. Korean American Community Services 53. Latinos Progresando 54. Lawrence Hall Youth Services 55. Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago 56. Lifelink Charities 57. Mattoon Area Family YMCA 58. Music Institute of Chicago 59. Music Theatre Workshop 60. People's Resource Center 61. Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation 62. REST 63. Sarah's Circle 64. SisterHouse 65. SOS Children's Villages Illinois 66. Southwest Chicago PADS 67. Southwest Community Services 68. Special Olympics Illinois 69. Sudden Infant Death Services of Illinois 70. Teen Parent Connection 71. The ARK 72. The Bridge Youth & Family Services 73. The Center for Independence through Conductive Education 74. The Chicago Public Education Fund 75. The Infant Welfare Society of Chicago 76. The Monroe Foundation 77. The Youth Job Center of Evanston 78. Tri City Health Partnership 79. True Star Foundation 80. Umoja Student Development Corporation 81. White Crane Wellness Center 82. Will County Children's Advocacy Center 83. YOU CAN MAKE IT About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
With more than 7 million members, BCBSIL (http://www.bcbsil.com/) is the largest health insurance company in Illinois. Started in 1936, BCBSIL is committed to promoting the health and wellness of its members and its communities through accessible, cost-effective, quality health care. BCBSIL is a Division of Health Care Service Corporation, a Mutual Legal Reserve Company (HCSC). HCSC is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
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