NORTHFIELD, Ill., Oct. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Medline today announced it has awarded 13 non-profit organizations as part of its annual Community Impact Grant Program. The organizations receiving grants support programs focused on breast cancer awareness and help vulnerable members of the population, including victims of domestic violence, at-risk youth and individuals with developmental disabilities.
"With so much uncertainty during the pandemic, the well-being of our communities is even more paramount," said Karen Frey, Medline's senior philanthropy manager. "We're providing resources to help non-profit organizations stimulate health equity and improve population health in under-resourced areas."
Medline's Community Impact Grant Program targets organizations that are addressing social determinants of health, such as access to nutritious food, training and education and transportation. Among the recipients are organizations giving elderly adults free transportation to medical appointments, training at-risk adult on new job skills and giving low-income families care kits for their newborns.
Here is how all of this year's recipients will use Medline's grants:
- Center for Enriched Living will use funds to enhance its virtual programming for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities so they can socialize in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Common Pantry will use funds to provide grocery gift cards and disposable medical masks to families with remote learners impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.
- Cradles to Crayons will use funds to deliver hygiene starter kits to low-income families with newborn babies.
- ElderCARE Lake County will give older adults free transportation to and from their medical appointments so they can live as healthy and independently as possibly.
- A Safe Place will use funds to help victims of domestic violence gain access to housing and counseling services so they can rebuild their lives.
- Curt's Cafe will use funds to continue teaching life and job skills to highly at-risk young men and women so they can find a new path in life, and provide food boxes to over 1,000 people per week.
- Northern Illinois Food Bank will use funds to provide patients with health issues and/or at risk of chronic diseases nutritious food to help them heal properly and reduce their health risks.
- CASA Lake County will use funds to recruit and train 75 new Court-Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers to address the unprecedented rise in the number of abused and neglected children entering the welfare system in Lake County, Ill.
- Feeding GA Families will use funds to support Operation E.F.F.O.R.T., a program that supports a drive-thru food pantry, door-to-door food delivery, emergency food box shipments and children/senior housing meals.
- Communities in Schools of Douglas County and Partners in Education of Douglas County will use funds to deliver COVID-19 care kits to school-age children of families struggling with unemployment and lost wages.
As October marks Breast Cancer Awareness Month, three of the organizations will leverage their grant money to raise awareness:
- Gilda's Club South Florida will use funds to expand Women of Color: Strengthened by Action, an initiative to raise awareness around breast health and encourage follow-up action among women of color.
- Rutgers University Foundation will use funds to support educational health sessions on breast cancer awareness, physical activity and nutrition within low-income communities.
- Susan G. Komen Oregon and SW Washington will use funds to collect key healthcare data among African American communities to help reduce deaths associated with a breast cancer diagnosis.
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Medline is a healthcare company: a manufacturer, distributor and solutions provider focused on improving the overall operating performance of healthcare. Medline works with both the country's largest healthcare systems and independent facilities across the continuum of care to provide the clinical and supply chain resources required for long-term financial viability in delivering high quality care. With the size of one of the country's largest companies and the agility of a family-owned business, Medline is able to invest in its customers for the long-term and rapidly respond with customized solutions. Headquartered in Northfield, Ill., Medline has 26,000+ employees worldwide, a fleet of nearly 1,000 trucks and does business in more than 90 countries. Learn more about Medline at www.medline.com.