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Excellus BCBS makes $100,000 in Community Health Awards available to nonprofits in upstate NY

For Immediate Release:  2018-09-05

Contact:  Karen Feigel (585) 238-4308

Nonprofit organizations in upstate New York can apply for Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Award grants that add up to a total of $100,000, which the company is offering to help fund health and wellness programs in upstate New York.

Nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organizations in Excellus BlueCross BlueShield’s 31-county upstate New York region are invited to apply for an award of up to $4,000 each. The award can be used for programs that have clear goals to improve the health or health care of a specific population. Programs that improve the health status of the community, reduce the incidence of specific diseases, promote health education and further overall wellness will be considered.

The deadline to submit an application to be considered for an Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Community Health Award is Monday, October 8. To access additional information and the online application, go to Award winners will be announced in November.

“The company’s Community Health Awards demonstrate a corporate commitment to support local organizations that share our mission as a nonprofit health plan,” said Holly Snow, director, community health engagement, Excellus BlueCross BlueShield. “These awards complement our existing grants and sponsorships with agencies that work to enhance quality of life, including health status, in upstate New York.”

Earlier this year, 13 Rochester area organizations were selected from among 36 nonprofit applicants to share in $91,200 in Community Health Awards. The awardees included Angel Care Ministry of St. Marianne Cope Parish, AutismUp, Boys and Girls Clubs of Rochester, Council on Alcoholism and Addictions of the Finger Lakes of Ontario County, DePaul Community Services, Friendship Children’s Center, Home Meal Service, Inc. of Wayne County, InterVol, Spiritus Christi Prison Outreach, Inc., St. John Fisher College, The Partnership for Ontario County, Inc., Ontario County, Volunteers of America of Western New York, Inc., and Wilson Commencement Park.

Excellus BlueCross BlueShield divides its 31-county upstate New York operating area into four regions: the Rochester region, encompassing Livingston, Monroe, Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties, the Central New York region, the Central New York Southern Tier region, and the Utica region.

The company’s corporate giving follows all applicable laws and regulations and does not support funding organizations that conflict with its corporate mission, goals, policies or products.

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Excellus BlueCross BlueShield, an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association, is a nonprofit health plan with 1.5 million upstate New York members. The company's mission is to help people live healthier and more secure lives through access to high-quality, affordable health care. Its products and services include cost-saving prescription drug discounts, wellness tracking tools and access to telemedicine. With more than 3,500 employees, the company is committed to attracting and retaining a diverse workforce to foster innovation and better serve its members. It also encourages employees to engage in their communities by providing paid volunteer time off as one of many benefits. To learn more, visit