Recipients across 22 states given grants for programs serving children with
WOONSOCKET, R.I., Dec. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The CVS/pharmacy Charitable
Trust, the private foundation managed by CVS Corporation, announced today that
it has awarded more than $5 million in grant funds to non-profit organizations
across the U.S. for programs serving children with disabilities this year.
Organizations were chosen through the CVS/pharmacy Charitable Trust's 2006
grant application process. Grants were awarded to organizations involved in
children's health and education, with a particular focus on initiatives to
improve the lives of children with disabilities and programs that promote
awareness and inclusion of children with disabilities.
"CVS strongly believes in giving back to the communities where we live and
work," said Eileen Howard Dunn, Vice President of the CVS/pharmacy Charitable
Trust. "Grants from the CVS/pharmacy Charitable Trust are an effective way
for us to support the extraordinary work done by community organizations to
help children with disabilities and their families and to promote health,
wellness and education. Through our community investments, we hope to ensure
that children with disabilities have the opportunity to reach their greatest
potential and succeed in life."
For the past five years, the CVS/pharmacy Charitable Trust has invited
non-profit organizations to apply for grants. Since 2001, it has awarded
grants totaling more than $16 million to more than 250 organizations. During
that time, the Trust has also provided approximately $4 million in grants to
support pharmacy schools and pharmacy scholarships around the country. In
addition, it provides ongoing support to the CVS Corporate Scholarship Program
for children of CVS associates and to the CVS Volunteer Challenge Grant
Program, which donates funds to community organizations for which CVS
Funding from the 2006 CVS/pharmacy Charitable Trust grants went to a wide
variety of projects including Perkins School for the Blind (Watertown, MA) to
expand its infant and toddler assessment program; Roger Williams Park Zoo
(Providence, RI) to build a Treehouse for All as part of an inclusive learning
environment in its multi-sensory children's zoo; SIRE, Inc. (Hockley, TX) for
its therapeutic horseback riding programs for children with disabilities; and
Space Coast Early Intervention Center (Melbourne, Florida) for a unique
interdisciplinary program that includes young children challenged by
disabilities and their typically developing peers.
"This is such an exciting time in the history of Roger Williams Park Zoo.
As we move forward with a master plan that will truly change the face of our
zoo, we look forward to providing unique experiences for all of our visitors,"
said Jack Mulvena, Director of Roger Williams Park Zoo. "This new tree house
will allow hundreds of thousands of people of all ages and abilities to
connect with the wonders of the natural world side by side, without barriers
or limitations. The significant contribution made by CVS to this important
facet of the new Roger Williams Park Zoo speaks to our shared commitment to
providing access to shared experiences that everyone can enjoy together."
"The generous support from the CVS/pharmacy Charitable Trust will allow
Perkins School for the Blind to serve more babies and toddlers who are blind,"
said Steven M. Rothstein, President, Perkins School for the Blind. "We are
deeply grateful for this support. It will make a profound difference in our
Grants were also awarded to Children's Hospital Boston Center for
Communication Disorders (Boston, MA), March of Dimes Rhode Island (Providence,
RI), Art Education for the Blind (New York, NY), Children's Institute of
Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA), Hole in the Wall Gang Fund, Inc. (New Haven, CT),
Kids Included Together, Inc. (San Diego, CA), Youth Challenge (Cleveland, OH),
Evanston Park Foundation (Evanston, IL) and Safe Kids of Georgia, Inc.
Following is a complete list of organizations receiving CVS/pharmacy
Charitable Trust grants for 2006:
Arizona Centers for Comprehensive Education and Life-Skills
Arizona School of Dentistry and Oral Health
Goodwill Industries of Orange County
Kids Included Together, Inc.
Pediatric Therapy Network
Speech and Language Development Center, Inc.
Connecticut Institute for the Blind
Greater Hartford Association for Retarded Citizens, Inc.
Hole in the Wall Gang Fund, Inc.
District of Columbia
St. John's Community Services
Access Sports America
Lighthouse Central Florida, Inc.
Space Coast Early Intervention Center
United Cerebral Palsy of Tampa Bay, Inc.
Challenged Child and Friends, Inc.
Safe Kids of Georgia - MCG Children's Medical Center
Special Olympics of Georgia, Inc.
Stepping Stones Educational Therapy Center, Inc.
Benjamin District 25 Early Intervention Preschool
Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Foundation
Evanston Park Foundation-Noah's Playground for Everyone
Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association
Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago
Saint Francis Medical Center (Children's Hospital of Illinois)
Bloomington Hospital Foundation, Inc.
Louisville Deaf Oral School
Baton Rouge General Foundation
Access Sports America
Bay Cove Human Services, Inc.
Children's Hospital Corporation (Children's Hospital Boston)
Inner City Scholarships-Diocese of Boston
Outdoor Exploration, Inc.
Partners for Youth with Disabilities, Inc.
Perkins School for the Blind
The UMass Memorial Foundation (Children's Medical Center)
World T.E.A.M. Sports (The Exceptional Athlete Matters)
Special Olympics of Maryland, Inc.
The Arc of Baltimore
The William S. Baer School Partnership Board
Comprehensive Therapy Center, Inc.
Therapeutic Riding, Inc.
Children's Center for the Visually Impaired
Foundation of the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey
Art Education for the Blind, Inc.
Cerebral Palsy of Westchester, Inc.
Dance in Education Fund, Inc.
National Dance Institute, Inc.
National Society to Prevent Blindness
The Sailing Foundation of New York
Free Rein, Inc.
Special Olympics of North Carolina, Inc.
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill-Division TEACCH
Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center
The Arc Hamilton County
Center for Creative Play
Children's Institute of Pittsburgh
Heart of Variety Fund
The Children's Home of Pittsburgh
The Children's Hospital Foundation
CVS Highlander Charter School
March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation
Rhode Island Zoological Society (Roger Williams Park Zoo)
Turning Pointe Therapeutic Riding
US Cerebral Palsy Athletic Association - National Disability
Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island
Meyer Center for Special Children
Volunteers of America of the Carolinas
Dallas Services for Visually Impaired Children
Seedlings Braille Books for Children
SIRE, Inc. (Houston's Therapeutic Equestrian Centers)
The CVS/pharmacy Charitable Trust will be accepting applications for 2007
grants from May 1 to June 15, 2007.
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About the CVS/pharmacy Charitable Trust
The CVS/pharmacy Charitable Trust, Inc. is a private foundation managed by
CVS Corporation, which operates approximately 6,200 retail and specialty
pharmacy stores in 43 states and the District of Columbia in addition to its
online pharmacy, CVS.com; its retail-based health clinic subsidiary,
MinuteClinic; and its pharmacy benefit management, mail order and specialty
pharmacy subsidiary, PharmaCare. The Trust's mission is to provide funding
for health care, education and community involvement initiatives targeting
children with disabilities in communities where CVS/pharmacy stores are
located. General information about CVS is available through the Investor
Relations portion of the Company's Web site at http://investor.cvs.com, or
through the press room portion of the Company's website, at
CVS/pharmacy Charitable Trust
Carolyn Castel of CVS Corporation, +1-401-770-5717, or