Organizations receive grants to improve access to mammogram screenings
The Southeast Wisconsin Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure recently awarded $753,000 in community health grants to local organizations.
“We conducted a needs assessment of our service area and discovered a need for increased access to breast cancer screenings like mammograms and follow-up diagnostic care for women in Milwaukee, Racine and Waukesha Counties,” said Steph Montgomery-Loder, mission manager. “We are confident that through our community health grants program, more women in these communities will be able to access these life-saving tests.”
Organizations receiving the 2011 community health grants include: Columbia St. Mary’s Hospital, Milwaukee Health Services, Milwaukee Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Community Center: ProHealth Care Oconomowoc and Waukesha Memorial Hospitals, Greater Racine Mammogram Coalition, Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare – St. Francis Su Salud program, Wheaton Franciscan – St. Joseph and the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation. All grants will be used to further or expand educational outreach and mammogram screenings for Milwaukee women in the Milwaukee-area community.
“Studies show that early detection saves lives. Through our community health grants, Komen is committed to ensuring that un- and underinsured women in Southeast Wisconsin have full access to routine breast health services,” said Dr. Dawn Regner, board mission chair. “When breast cancer is detected early in a localized stage, a majority of women go on to live long and healthy lives.”
UnitedHealthcare to accept grant applications for child medical expenses
The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation has announced it is now accepting grant applications from families in need of financial assistance to help pay for their child’s health care treatments, services or equipment not covered, or only partially covered, by their commercial health insurance plans.
Qualifying families can receive up to $5,000 to help pay for medical services and equipment such as physical, occupational and speech therapy, counseling services, surgeries, prescriptions, wheelchairs, orthotics, eyeglasses and hearing aids.
“The UnitedHealthcare Children’s Foundation is committed to facilitating greater access to medical-related services that can help improve a child’s health and quality of life,” said Matt Peterson, president of the Foundation. “Eligible families in need who have a commercial health insurance plan are encouraged to apply for a medical grant today and use this valuable resource.”
In 2010, the foundation awarded nearly 800 grants to families across the United States for treatments associated with medical conditions such as speech and developmental delays, hearing loss, autism, cystic fibrosis, Down syndrome, ADHD, ADD and cerebral palsy.
To be eligible for a grant, children must be 16 years of age or younger. Families must meet economic guidelines, reside in the United States, and have a commercial health insurance plan. Grants are available for medical expenses families have incurred 60 days prior to the date of application as well as for ongoing and future medical needs. Parents or legal guardians may apply for grants at www.uhccf.org.
PRSA offers pro-bono support to local nonprofits
The Public Relations Society of America Southeastern Wisconsin Chapter’s Community Outreach Committee has provided pro-bono PR and marketing services for the Milwaukee Youth Theatre and the Pregnancy Support Connection as part of its outreach efforts.
The Milwaukee Youth Theatre engages children in all aspects of theater including acting, playwriting and stagecraft, and received PRSA support for the promotion of “Little Women” which was held earlier this month. Pregnancy Support Connection, a Waukesha-based nonprofit that provides counseling and resources to young women in crisis pregnancy situations, received promotion of a fundraiser fashion show in February, including TV, radio and online interviews, calendar placements and the creation and posting of a preview video highlighting the fashions at the show as well as overall social media strategy and content, and planning for a gala fundraiser on May 5.
The outreach committee is looking to add one or two additional nonprofit organizations during 2011 and is now actively seeking additional committee members.
Participants have the opportunity to serve clients whose story would otherwise go untold. Not only are committee members doing good work, they are expanding their experience base through work in client service, media relations, marketing and advertising, and more.
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WaterStone Bank celebrates 90 years by giving back
WaterStone Bank of Wauwatosa will celebrate 90 years of service to the community by giving away $90,000 to five local charities throughout the month of April.
“As good corporate citizens, it is our responsibility to better our communities in any way that we are able,” said Doug Gordon, president and chief executive officer of WaterStone Bank. “It’s an honor to celebrate our 90th Anniversary by giving back.”
The winning charities will be decided by votes from the public, Gordon said. The charity with the most votes at the end of April will receive $30,000; the next four highest charities will receive $15,000 each.
Votes can be submitted at www.wsbonline.com. Currently there are 26 nonprofit organizations or schools on the list and Yeshiva Elementary School is in the lead with just over 300 votes. To have your nonprofit added to the list of potential recipients, nonprofit directors or school officials are encouraged to send an email to email@example.com. There is no limit to the number of votes an individual may place once a charity is added to the list.