WellCare Gives $7,500 in Micro-Grants to Community-Based Organizations that Support Social Service Agencies in Iowa

Nov 06, 2015, 08:30 ET from WellCare Health Plans, Inc.

DES MOINES, Iowa and TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 6, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) announced today that it has given a total of $7,500 in micro-grants to five community-based organizations across the state of Iowa. These micro-grants went to nonprofit and 501(c)(3) organizations that offer foster care, homelessness and transportation services for Iowans in need.

"WellCare of Iowa's micro-grant program is just one facet of our commitment to building partnerships with community organizations that are working to improve the health and vitality of Iowans and their communities-at-large," said Lauralie Rubel, president of WellCare in Iowa. "A healthy community is one where community-based organizations are thriving and providing vital services for seniors, and low-income children and families. Grants, regardless of size, can be exactly what a community-based organization needs to grow in reach and make a difference in someone's life."

The 2015 micro-grants were given to the following community-based organizations:

Community-Based Organization

Program Highlights

Families Helping Families of Iowa, Inc.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa


The grant will assist in offering opportunities to foster care children who have been abused or neglected, and help to support the families that care for them.

First Baptist Food Pantry

Red Oak, Iowa

The grant will help to support the purchase of food for those who need emergency food assistance.

Horizons, A Family Service Alliance

Cedar Rapids, Iowa


The grant will help to provide transportation for low-income clients attending the agency's mental health and financial counseling services.

MICAH House, Inc.

Council Bluffs, Iowa


The grant will help to provide a safe and nurturing environment with support services for families and individuals experiencing the crisis of homelessness.

Pregnancy Center of Southwest Iowa

Red Oak, Iowa


The grant will help to provide counseling, education and practical assistance for women in need.

"Pregnancy Center of Southwest Iowa is honored to be a WellCare micro-grant recipient," said Rod Goodemote, board secretary for the Center. "Women and children are our top priority and the WellCare micro-grant will be utilized to complete construction of our training room where we teach our mentors and baby wellness classes to expectant mothers. We thank WellCare for extending this life changing opportunity."

"Horizons, A Family Service Alliance is thrilled to be a recipient of WellCare's micro-grant funding," said Karl Cassell, chief executive officer and president of the Alliance. "The funding now helps to provide transportation that enables many of our mental health clients to continue weekly therapy that they would have otherwise had to stop due to transportation issues. We thank WellCare for supporting the much needed transportation service for our clients, which ensures they continue to get the help they need."

About WellCare Health Plans, Inc. Headquartered in Tampa, Fla., WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) focuses exclusively on providing government-sponsored managed care services, primarily through Medicaid, Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Plans, to families, children, seniors and individuals with complex medical needs. The Company serves approximately 3.8 million members nationwide as of Sept. 30, 2015. For more information about WellCare, please visit the Company's website at www.wellcare.com or view the company's videos at https://www.youtube.com/user/WellCareHealthPlan.

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