Highlights from programs and initiatives supporting community organizations.
Nearly $14K donated to support student success
Being prepared for school each fall is essential for academic success. Yet not all students have access to the same supplies. To help close the gap, Point32Health colleagues donated more than $14,000 in school supplies, including backpacks, pencils, pens, glue sticks, highlighters, notebooks, calculators during our annual back-to-school drive. These supplies are distributed through: Boys and Girls Club of Hartford, Penobscot Bay YMCA, Canton Alliance for Public Education (CAPE), Friendly House, Girls Inc. of New Hampshire , Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education (RISE) and Boys and Girls Club of Fox Valley.
Point32Health's annual Volunteer Week
More than 1,400 Point32Health colleagues came #TogetherInCommunity to support nonprofit organizations across the five states we serve. Colleagues participated in 70 projects—in person and remotely—with 64 different organizations. Projects included sorting donated food and toiletries; building structures like beds, picnic tables, gardens and compost bins for local organizations; preparing medically tailored meals; and writing notes of cheer and inspiration for older adults—all with the purpose of advancing healthier lives for everyone.
Taking steps to support mental health awareness
Point32Health colleagues, friends and family members teamed up to build awareness and raise funds for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) during Mental Health Awareness Month. The Point32Health team, along with a match from the Foundation, raised more than $5,800 to support NAMI. Colleagues walked in person at Artesani Park on May 20 and also participated in their own way virtually. If you or someone you know is in need of mental health support, visit NAMI’s resource library or call the NAMI HelpLine, 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).
Donations to food drive top $15K
Colleagues supported organizations addressing food insecurity in New England during our food drive by donating more than $15,697 in food, diapers, toiletries and other essentials – nearly double the amount raised in 2022. These items will be distributed to people experiencing food insecurity by Connecticut Foodshare, Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program in Maine, Canton Food Pantry, Worcester County Food Bank, New Hampshire Food Bank, St. Joseph Food Program in Wisconsin and Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
Nearly $15K donated through essential needs drive
Colleagues supported people in the Northeast experiencing homelessness during our annual essential needs drive by donating nearly $15,000 in cold weather gear, personal care items and other essentials. Donations will be distributed in Conn., Maine, Mass., N.H. and R.I. by DOVE, Inc., Families in Transition, Family Services of Rhode Island, Preble Street, South Park Inn, and Women’s Lunch Place.
2022 community initiatives
In 2022, Point32Health colleagues demonstrated our community of care by giving their time and money to advance healthier, more equitable communities.
With colleague donations and a double match from the Foundation on #GivingTuesday, a total of more than $800,000 was distributed to community organizations, supporting important causes ranging from food justice and health equity to youth development and housing security. Colleagues also participated in four volunteer activities: packing 198 hygiene kits and writing 200+ well-wish notes for Heading Home and Services for the Elderly of Farmington; crafting 18 fleece blankets with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley to support people experiencing homelessness; painting murals with Foundation for Hospital Art; and creating cards for children served by Cradles to Crayons.
Point32Health’s wish drive helped spread holiday cheer to people experiencing economic uncertainty in New England. During the two-week virtual drive, Point32Health colleagues donated more than $12,000 in gifts and essentials, such as toys and cold-weather clothing. Donations will be distributed to community by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Connecticut, Boys and Girls Clubs of Southern Maine, CASA Project in Worcester, Mass., New England Center and Home for Veterans in Boston, Mass., Webster House in Manchester, N.H., and the YMCA of Pawtucket, R.I.
Walk To End Alzheimer’s
More than 430 colleagues, friends and family members exceeded our engagement and fundraising goals as part of Point32Health’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s team. With a match from the Foundation, this year’s total contribution to support critical Alzheimer’s Association’s programs, advocacy and research tops $200,000. Since 2012, our teams have raised more than $1.6 million to support the Alzheimer’s Association’s work. Every dollar raised and every champion of the cause provides hope and takes us one step closer toward a world without the disease. Together, we can end Alzheimer’s.
Mini-golf supports Alzheimer’s Association
More than 200 colleagues “teed off” during Point32Health’s mini-golf tournament in our Canton office, a new event organized to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Association’s programs, services and research. Donations from colleagues supported Point32Health’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s team. Colleagues competed in teams of up to five, attempting to complete the 10-hole course in as few strokes as possible. Prizes were awarded for lowest average score and best team spirit.
Being prepared for school is essential for academic success. Yet not all those heading to school have access to the same supplies. Last summer, Point32Health colleagues participated in our annual Back-to-School Drive, donating $15,700+ in school supplies, including backpacks, pencils, pens, glue sticks, highlighters, notebooks, calculators and more. These supplies are distributed in each of the five state we serve through nonprofit organizations serving diverse communities: Boys and Girls Club of Hartford, Bangor Region YMCA, Canton Alliance for Public Education (CAPE), Friendly House, Girls at Work and Rhode Islanders Sponsoring Education (RISE).
Point32Health’s second annual Volunteer Week
1,250 Point32Health colleagues came #TogetherInCommunity to support nonprofit organizations that have stepped up in extraordinary ways over the past two years. Colleagues participated in 57 projects with 49 different organizations across the five states we serve. Projects included preparing medically tailored meals for Boston residents; cleaning up hiking trails in Portland, Maine; beautifying the Providence, R.I. coastline; sorting and packaging food kits for families in Conn.; and building raised garden beds in Manchester, N.H., all with the purpose of advancing healthier lives for everyone.
NAMIWalks Your Way Massachusetts
More than 60 Point32Health colleagues, friends and family members teamed up to build awareness and raise funds for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) during Mental Health Awareness Month. The Point32Health team, along with a match from the Foundation, raised more than $14,000 to support NAMI. Colleagues walked in-person at Artesani Park on May 21 and also participated in their own way virtually. If you or someone you know is in need of mental health support, visit NAMI’s resource library or call the NAMI HelpLine, 1-800-950-NAMI (6264).
Virtual food drive
Colleagues supported organizations addressing food insecurity in New England during our virtual food drive by donating more than $8,000 in food, diapers, toiletries and other essentials. These items will be distributed to people experiencing food insecurity by Connecticut Foodshare, Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program in Maine, Canton Food Pantry, Worcester County Food Bank, New Hampshire Food Bank and Rhode Island Community Food Bank.
More than 200 Point32Health colleagues donated more than $36,000 to organizations offering support to the people of Ukraine. Donations made to eligible organizations qualified for a Foundation match, doubling their impact. With the Foundation match, more than $72,000 will go to nonprofits responding to the crisis in Ukraine.
More than 40 colleagues delivered a boost of joy to children experiencing homelessness or an extended hospital stay through the Message of Hope Foundation’s Hope Reads program. Point32Health volunteers recorded themselves reading their favorite children’s books. The Message of Hope Foundation posted the recordings to their virtual library, that is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year free of charge.
Recognizing Black History and Black voices
Corporate Citizenship Manager Henocson “Henny” Mulatre had his own unique way of celebrating Black History Month: each day he wore a different sweatshirt to raise awareness and stimulate conversation. “This represents the appreciation and acknowledgment of Blackness and how it infuses all aspects of society,” said Henny. “With the outward exhibited forms of affection and love during the month of February, it has been a pleasure to reflect on why I’m so proud to be Black.”
Spinning for HomeStart
Point32Health’s ICycle Team raised awareness and contributed more than $6,000 to support HomeStart, a nonprofit committed to ending and preventing homelessness in Greater Boston. Riders gathered at International Place in Boston on February 17 for this outdoor spin event.
Essential needs drive
Colleagues donated nearly $10,000 in household essentials to people served by Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, DOVE Inc. (Domestic Violence Ended) in Mass., Families in Transition in N.H., Hearth in Mass., ImmaCare in Conn. and Penobscot Community Health Care: Hope House Health and Living Center in Maine.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recognition and Service Day
This celebration of Dr. King’s legacy featured an intergenerational conversation with Embrace Boston Executive Director Imari Paris Jeffries and Courtney Newton, a youth activist and freshman at Cathedral High School, as well as artist and poet Regie Gibson. Five nonprofit organizations and three middle school students were honored.