CVS Caremark Charitable Trust Awards $4.2 Million in Grants Benefiting Children With Disabilities, Uninsured
WOONSOCKET, R.I., April 30, 2009 — CVS Caremark announced today that $4.2 million in grants have been awarded to organizations supporting children with disabilities and those who are under-insured or uninsured. Ninety-two organizations from around the country have received the grants awarded through its private foundation, the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, and the CVS Caremark All Kids Can program.
"In today's economic climate it's more important than ever to support organizations that can have a positive impact on children with disabilities and their families," said Eileen Howard Dunn, Vice President of CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. "The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust selected these grant recipients because they align with our mission to promote inclusion, increase access to medical therapies and improve academic performance of children with disabilities."
For the past three years, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust grants have centered on children with disabilities aligning with the company's All Kids Can program. CVS Caremark All Kids Can is a five-year $25 million pledge to support children with disabilities by raising awareness in schools and in local communities about the importance of inclusion, creating greater opportunities for physical activity and play, and providing access to medical rehabilitation and related services.
Children with special needs face a broad array of physical, mental and societal challenges each day. According to recent analysis, it is estimated that All Kids Can has had a positive direct impact on nearly 250,000 children with disabilities.
"All Kids Can not only touches children with disabilities, it positively influences peers, family members and teachers, making the impact even more significant," said Esther Canty-Barnes, clinical professor and director, special education clinic, Rutgers School of Law and member of the CVS Caremark All Kids Can Advisory Council.
Among the organizations to receive grants from CVS Caremark are nonprofits that support children with autism, such as The Autism Clinic of Texas in San Antonio that provides applied behavior analysis, occupational therapy and speech-language therapy services for families; programs that offer early intervention such as Bay Cove Human Services in Boston, Mass; transitional care for children in the NICU at Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island; and nonprofits that offer sports and physical activity programs for children with disability including Junior Blind of America of Los Angeles, for its program that promotes physical activity among children who are blind, visually impaired or multi-disabled.