CareMore Foundation Donates to Red Cross Sandy Efforts in NY

New York - On Monday, March 4, 2013 the CareMore Foundation made a check presentation in the amount of $150,000 to the American Red Cross. The donation is in support of its ongoing relief and recovery efforts in New York following Superstorm Sandy.

The check was presented by Patty LaPenn, General Manager, CareMore New York. A resident of Brighton Beach, she had to evacuate with her neighbors ahead of the storm. When she returned, not only was her community impacted, but so was CareMore—as its Neptune Avenue Center in Coney Island was heavily damaged, affecting its ability to deliver individualized support, preventative medicine, disease management and health education.

“I saw the Red Cross trucks and volunteers in the neighborhood and the difference they made, delivering food and blankets,” said LaPenn.

Since Sandy hit, the Red Cross has delivered more than 13 million meals across impacted areas, still averaging 50,000 meals each day in New York. The nonprofit continues to work with families to help them move into longer-term housing and is partnering with other organizations to address unmet needs like mold remediation.

“Our work continues and it is possible thanks to the generosity of supporters like the CareMore Foundation,” said Josh W. Lockwood, CEO of the American Red Cross Greater NY Region. “It was especially humbling to meet Patty and hear her own story of survival and recovery.”

The CareMore Foundation is a non-profit organization established by CareMore, which serves Medicare beneficiaries, in 2010. The Foundation was created to support and strengthen local communities by bringing finances, volunteers, and recognition to those organizations primarily serving seniors.

“There are many unmet critical health needs for seniors that go unaddressed due to a lack of resources at the community level,” said Leeba Lessin, president of CareMore and the architect of the Foundation. “The Foundation’s focus will be to identify and support those charitable organizations which are dedicated to improving the quality of life for all seniors.”

CareMore is a subsidiary of WellPoint and provides innovative health care approaches to the complex problems of aging. Its model focuses on seniors who are at risk of or are developing health-draining chronic conditions, such as diabetes or heart and lung disease. The model promotes prevention and identifies conditions early in order to address them before they worsen. It also stresses the importance of prevention through a healthy lifestyle including exercise and good nutrition.

In addition to Neptune Avenue, CareMore Centers in Brooklyn are located at 2412 Church Avenue and 2265 Ralph Avenue.

For more information on the foundation, please visit www.CareMorefoundation.com. To learn more about the Red Cross response to Superstorm Sandy, visit www.redcross.org/sandy-response.

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.