Donation to the National Inclusion Project is part of CVS Caremark Charitable Trust’s $6.3 million in grants supporting causes including children with disabilities and those who are uninsured
The National Inclusion Project announced today that it has received a $35,000 grant from the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, the private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation.
Building on a three-year partnership, the National Inclusion Project and the National Summer Learning Association will create a distinct and powerful new force for change in the field of summer learning for all children, especially those with disabilities. The partners will expand access to high-quality inclusive summer learning opportunities for young people by developing a summer learning curriculum to help summer camps fully include youth with disabilities. Research suggests that inclusive summer learning programs can prevent summer learning loss and promote academic achievement for all children and youth, foster positive relationships between children with and without disabilities and adults, and promote improved peer relationships and acceptance of diversity. “We are excited to partner with CVS Caremark to continue leading the way in creating inclusive opportunities for children nationwide,” said Clay Aiken, co-founder of the National Inclusion Project.
“In today’s challenging economy, it’s more important than ever to support organizations that can have a positive impact on children with disabilities,” said Eileen Howard Dunn, Vice President, CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. “We’re proud to support the National Inclusion Project and the wonderful services provided by their programs and we wish them continued success in 2010.”
The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust’s grant to the National Inclusion Project is part of $6.3 million in grants given to nonprofit organizations across the country in 2009. A number of these grants align with CVS Caremark All Kids Can, the company’s signature philanthropic program focused on supporting children with disabilities by raising awareness about inclusion, creating greater opportunities for physical activity and play, and providing access to medical rehabilitation and related services.
Other CVS Caremark Charitable Trust grants provide support for medical services for the uninsured, grants to pharmacy schools, scholarships for the children of CVS Caremark colleagues and funding for community organizations for which CVS Caremark colleagues act as volunteers.
About the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust
The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, Inc. is a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation (NYSE: CVS), the largest pharmacy health care provider in the United States and the market leader in mail order pharmacy, retail pharmacy, specialty pharmacy, and retail clinics. The mission of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust is to provide funding for programs serving children with disabilities as well as nonprofits that provide health care services to the uninsured and medically at-risk populations. Learn more about the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust annual call for applications at www.cvs.com/community. General information about CVS Caremark is available through the Company’s Web site at info.cvscaremark.com.
About the National Inclusion Project
The National Inclusion Project, formerly the Bubel/Aiken Foundation, serves to bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them. By providing curriculum, training and financial assistance, the Project partners with communities and programs in creating awareness and opportunities for full inclusion where barriers break and doors open. It is their goal to create an environment for children where inclusion is embraced. To learn more about the National Inclusion Project or ways to get involved visit their Web site at www.inclusionproject.org.
About the National Summer Learning Association
The mission of the National Summer Learning Association is to connect and equip schools and community organizations to deliver quality summer learning programs to our nation's youth to help close the achievement gap. The organization serves as a network hub for thousands of summer learning program providers and stakeholders across the country, providing tools, resources, and expertise to improve program quality, generate support, and increase youth access and participation. For more information, visit www.summerlearning.org.