Charleston, S.C. – The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation presented a check for $50,000 to Charleston Promise Neighborhood and honored its work at a lunch event today in Charleston attended by community and business leaders and elected officials.
The nonprofit organization will use the funds to establish and support health clinics and other wellness initiatives at four elementary schools, targeting approximately 1,700 students.
This was the first of several events that the Foundation is hosting in the next several months around the state to present its latest round of grants and honor the recipients in front of community leaders, business leaders and other dignitaries. Since the Foundation was established in 2003, it has allocated more than $37.8 million to address issues such as childhood health, community health, mental health, obesity, diabetes, nursing and health research, and the increasing need for free medical clinics.
The Charleston Promise Neighborhood was incorporated May 12, 2010, and aims to break the cycle of poverty by focusing on neighborhood revitalization, parenting support, access to health care and wellness resources, innovative school improvement strategies, affordable housing, and employment opportunities. Through collaborative, multi-year funding support from the cities of Charleston, North Charleston, Charleston County, the Charleston County School District, and philanthropic investors, they have formed the first comprehensive public/private partnership focused on improving parenting, education, employment, housing, health care and community revitalization in the 5.6 square mile area of Charleston County, South Carolina, that straddles portions of the cities of Charleston and North Charleston.
Headquartered in Columbia, S.C., the BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation (www.bcbsscfoundation.org) is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Its mission is to promote the health of South Carolinians and to expand access to health care in South Carolina for the economically disadvantaged by supporting integrated research, education and community service.