TAMPA, Fla., June 21, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) (WellCare) has received the prestigious 2017 "The Civic 50" award from the national non-profit, Points of Light for being a "Sector Leader" in the health care industry and engaging in outstanding community service. Every year, "The Civic 50" program recognizes 50 companies in the U.S. that go above and beyond to serve the community. This year, WellCare's recognition was announced by Points of Light during the Conference on Volunteering and Service in Seattle, Washington, on June 20.
Points of Light commended WellCare for demonstrating a strong dedication to investing time, talent and resources to better the communities where they do business. WellCare's core values include volunteerism and establishing effective partnerships in order to improve the quality of life and health outcomes of their members and the community as a whole. That's why, WellCare created volunteer and community engagement opportunities for their associates through the "WellCare Associate Volunteer Efforts" (WAVE) and "Day of Service" initiatives, which aid vulnerable, underserved, disabled and senior populations.
In 2016, WellCare's volunteer efforts were coordinated by more than 200 department team captains, engaging nearly 4,000 associates and contributing over $250,000 of volunteer time in the community. It's evident through these efforts that WellCare has succeeded in building a culture of "giving back" to those they serve.
"Our members are at the center of everything we do," said Rhonda Mims, senior vice president, chief public affairs officer at WellCare. "As a result of that, we continually strive to help our members lead better and healthier lives and strengthen the communities in which they live through our WAVE and Day of Service programs."
"In the fifth year of honoring the most community-minded companies in the nation, 'The Civic 50' truly highlights the commitment to community and civic engagement of America's leading brands," said Jennifer Lawson, president of networks at Points of Light. "By elevating critical stakeholder voices from employees, customers and communities into their mission statements, 'The Civic 50' companies are putting themselves at the center of change to create more enduring and sustainable business."
Points of Light is a nonprofit organization that supports millions of volunteers and their causes around the world as they strive to make a difference. Through "The Civic 50" program, Points of Light is able to highlight companies that effectively turn community service into solid business practices in an effort to spread nationwide goodwill.
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 4.1 million members nationwide as of March 31, 2017. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company's website at www.wellcare.com or view the company's videos at www.youtube.com/user/WellCareHealthPlan.
About Points of Light
Points of Light is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that encourages individuals, companies, foundations, government agencies and nonprofit organizations to make a lasting and positive change in the world. They contribute to over 250,000 service projects each year in 30 different countries with more than 30 million hours of volunteer service.
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