PROVIDENCE – The Genesis Center recently received a $5,000 CVS Caremark Community Grant.
The Community Grants Program was created by CVS Caremark as part of its commitment to building healthier communities. The grants support programs that are focused on providing health education and awareness. The support from CVS Caremark will help The Genesis Center organize a student action team to promote health awareness, education, and wellness.
The Genesis Center, founded over thirty years ago in Providence, is a multi-service organization offering a full range of services to immigrants, refugees and low-income families. Students and families are from 38 countries and speak over dozen languages. The mission of Genesis is “to provide the highest quality education, job training and support services to people of diverse cultures so that they may achieve economic independence and participate fully in society."
Donald S. Keel, president/CEO of The Genesis Center, said, “The generous funding from CVS Caremark provides a wonderful opportunity for peer-to-peer learning. Students will create culturally and linguistically appropriate materials to spread health awareness to immigrant and low-income adults and children who have traditionally lacked access to effective health and wellness information.”
Eileen Howard Boone, senior vice president for corporate philanthropy and sustainability at CVS Caremark said the company looks forward to working with the nonprofit in fulfilling their program’s mission.
“As a pharmacy innovation company, we are committed to helping people on their path to better health and we believe that optimal community health starts with education and awareness,” said Boone.
The Genesis Center was selected to receive a grant through the CVS Caremark Community Grants 2013 application process. Grants were awarded to programs that raise awareness of important health issues, focus on chronic disease management and offer training and other tools that communities need to help them on their path to better health. The goal of the CVS Caremark Community Grants Program is to help build healthier communities.