Humana Communities Benefit

The Natchez Democrat recently ran a story about how a Humana Foundation grant is helping residents of Adams County, Miss., with their weight and their health.

Last year, the Humana Foundation provided a $250,000 charitable grant to the City of Natchez to fund and support a new diabetes and heart disease prevention program in Natchez and Adams County, where Humana is working with the Clinton Foundation to improve the health of that community by 20 percent by 2020.

A group of residents has graduated from the program, collectively losing more than 300 pounds and learning a lot about their health in the process, the newspaper reported.

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One Humana café is on a mission – to feed the community.

The Sodexo-operated cafe, known as the Winner’s Circle in Louisville’s Humana Unity Building (HUB), is following the “Better Tomorrow Plan” aimed at helping sustainability within communities.

Recently, Sodexo partnered with the Dare to Care food bank in Louisville to donate extra and/or expiring food items, helping eliminate waste and help feed the hungry. Twice a week, Sodexo chefs package the unsold food items and/or expiring food items at the end of the day for a Dare to Care food representative who picks it up and serves it to a Dare to Care food center that evening. Any items that are not appropriate to serve are given to a local farmer for compost.

In addition to these items, Sodexo also provides coffee and hot water for Dare to Care food bank recipients waiting in line during the winter – where some recipients wait in line for hours in the cold before the food bank opens.

“We try to support sustainability as much as possible from recycling to using local products to donating local foods so nothing hits landfills, unless it’s biodegradable or we can’t give it to someone else,” said Scott Bieber, Sodexo National Client Executive Chef at Humana.

Scott said while the Winner’s Circle is the only Humana food service location donating food right now, Sodexo hopes to implement this process at other locations throughout Humana soon.

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The Times-Picayune (NOLA.com) in New Orleans ran a story this week about the CATCH Global Foundation and its efforts to help Jefferson Parish Schools increase physical activity, promote healthy eating, reduce childhood obesity and create healthy school and community environments among 4,200 kindergarten through fifth-grade students. An $80,000 charitable grant provided by the Humana Foundation earlier this year helped enable those efforts.

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Humana and the Humana Foundation have announced a relaunch of their signature Humana Communities Benefit charitable-giving program, which will now award multi-year grants totaling $350,000 to eligible nonprofits in Tampa Bay, Chicago and San Antonio.

The new structure of the program will award eligible nonprofit 501(c)(3) organizations a three-year grant, enabling the winning nonprofits to receive $200,000 the first year; $100,000 the second year; and $50,000 in the final year. Previously, the program annually awarded one-time $100,000 grants to nonprofits.

Also new to this year’s program is the launch of an online community vote. Finalists will post a 60-second video message on the Humana Communities Benefit website, describing the objectives and goals of their grant request. Community members will be able to vote for their favorite proposal.

“This new approach with Humana Communities Benefit is a natural evolution for the program as Humana and the Humana Foundation work to improve the health of the communities we serve nationwide,” said Humana President and CEO Bruce Broussard, who announced the new program at an April 28 news conference in St. Petersburg, Fla. “We have added several new features to the program, including the online vote, which provides an opportunity for each community to have a stake in deciding the organization in each region that is awarded our $350,000 grant.”

Eligible nonprofit organizations in the following counties may submit their applications at humana.com/hcb, from April 28 until June 30, 2014:

  • Humana Communities Benefit in Tampa Bay – Hillsborough, Hernando, Pasco and Pinellas counties
  • Humana Communities Benefit in Chicago – Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kankakee, Lake and McHenry counties
  • Humana Communities Benefit in San Antonio – Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina and Wilson counties

Virginia Kelly Judd, Executive Director of the Humana Foundation, said it was important to select communities where Humana has deep roots. Tampa Bay is where Humana has its largest associate population outside of the company’s corporate headquarters in Louisville, Ky. The Humana Communities Benefit grant began in Chicago in 2003. And Humana has had a significant presence for more than three decades in San Antonio. Grant recipients in all three communities will be named in September.

Nonprofits interested in applying can learn more about the application process from former winners on the HCB Mentor page (humana.com/hcbmentor), which is another new feature for 2014. Organizations focused on promoting healthy behaviors and healthy relationships will be considered. Grant recipients will use the funding to create new programs or enhance ongoing activities that have a positive, transformational impact on the organization and the community.

The Humana Foundation charitable program has awarded more than $8 million to nonprofits in 11 communities nationwide since starting in 2003. Watch the videos below to learn more about two of the previous winners and how they used grants to make a difference in their communities.

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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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