WellCare Community Foundation Donates $75,000 To Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts
TAMPA, Fla.- WellCare Health Plans, Inc. (NYSE: WCG) today announced that the WellCare Community Foundation has donated $75,000 to the American Red Cross to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut. WellCare will also match employee contributions to the American Red Cross.
In addition, WellCare is working with other agencies to provide resources and coordinate local volunteer efforts, fundraisers, and blood drives. It will also establish a relief fund for employees impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
«Our members, employees, families and friends have all been affected by Hurricane Sandy,» said Alec Cunningham, WellCare’s CEO. «We are committed to supporting first responders, like the American Red Cross, that can mobilize quickly and get our communities what they need most.»
The American Red Cross is helping people across 13 states with safe shelter, food and comfort as part of a huge disaster response to Sandy. Since Saturday night, more than 60,000 people spent the night in nearly 200 Red Cross shelters, and workers have served more than 215,174 meals and snacks. The organization has deployed more than 3,882 disaster workers from all over the country. Nearly 244 response vehicles have also been deployed and are circulating through communities distributing meals, water and snacks.
«We are so grateful for the assistance of our partner, WellCare, who quickly offered financial support for the massive relief operation to help communities affected by Sandy,» said Linda Jorge Carbone, Regional Chapter CEO. «All Red Cross disaster assistance is free – that is only possible because of the generosity of the American people and companies like WellCare.»
About The WellCare Community Foundation
The WellCare Community Foundation was established in 2010 and is a non-profit, private foundation. Its mission is to foster and promote the health, well-being and quality of life for the poor, distressed and other medically under-served populations – including, those who are elderly, young and indigent – and the communities in which they live. The WellCare Community Foundation carries out this mission by supporting work that helps people live healthy, safe and productive lives, and by assisting groups with serious and neglected health needs. Underscoring this mission is The WellCare Community Foundation’s goal to serve as a national resource that fosters an environment where there is a continuum of education, access and quality health care, all of which improve the overall health, well-being and quality of life of targeted beneficiaries.
About WellCare Health Plans, Inc.
WellCare Health Plans, Inc. provides managed care services targeted to government-sponsored health care programs, focusing on Medicaid and Medicare. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, WellCare offers a variety of health plans for families, children, and the aged, blind, and disabled, as well as prescription drug plans. The company serves approximately 2.6 million members nationwide as of September 30, 2012. For more information about WellCare, please visit the company’s website at www.wellcare.com.
About the American Red Cross
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or join our blog at http://blog.redcross.org/.