Phoenix

Lions Vision Center, Inc. has been awarded a $100,000 grant as the winner of this year’s Humana Communities Benefit program in Arizona. The grant was funded by the Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc.

Lions Vision Center strives to provide free or low-cost services and new eyeglasses to needy children and adults, and detect treatable eye diseases that affect their quality of life. More than 40,000 children in Maricopa County and seniors in nearly 800 nursing homes are tested annually.

The Humana Communities Benefit grant will allow Lions Vision Center to acquire 10 spot vision refractors for pre-school, elementary and high-school children that will enable Lions ophthalmologists to expedite and improve the accuracy of vision testing and detection of eye diseases. The testers may also be used for screening elderly patients who are unable to use an eye chart. The remainder of the funding will be used to purchase eye glasses for students.

“Our organization is grateful to receive this grant from the Humana Foundation and look forward to putting the funds to good use with improved, more efficient vision testing for school children,” said Jeannette Russell, Executive Director of Lions Vision Center, Inc. “We’re encouraged that, due to this grant, we will soon be able to expand our services to more people throughout Arizona in need of vision care.”

“Vision care is a critical element to one’s health and well-being, but is often overlooked,” said Curt Howell, Humana’s Arizona Employer Group President and co-chairman of the awards program. “As a company dedicated to providing people with good eye care, we are pleased to support Lions Vision Center’s mission to provide all individuals with quality eye care, regardless of opportunity or income.”

Humana associates selected three finalists among numerous applicants, then a panel of local judges comprised of community leaders, public officials and business representatives selected Lions Vision Center, Inc. The annual grant was awarded at a celebratory dinner on Oct. 8 at the Heard Museum. The other two finalists, Adelante Healthcare and Special Olympics Arizona, each received donations.

In its seventh year in Arizona, the Humana Communities Benefit program, funded by the Humana Foundation, gives 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Maricopa County the opportunity to receive a one-time grant of $100,000 to create new programs or enhance ongoing activities that have a positive transformational impact on the organization and the community. Proposals align with the Foundation’s funding priorities of childhood health, intergenerational health, and active lifestyles.

For more information about the Humana Communities Benefit program, visit www.humana.com/hcb.

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