Since its inception in 2012, the Penn Medicine CAREs program has awarded nearly $200,000 in grants to support the volunteer efforts of UPHS physicians, employees and students from the Perelman School of Medicine who go out of their way to help others less fortunate. All told, 160 projects have received this funding.
At the annual luncheon celebrating their outreach efforts, CEO Ralph Muller told grant recipients, “Your contributions make such a difference.”
Some of the recent ways that CAREs grants have helped our local communities include:
- Hosting cooking demonstrations and nutrition talks for seniors
- Providing food for those fighting hunger.
- Screening African Americans for glaucoma.
- Offering medications to low-income patients to prevent admission while directing the way to preventative health care
- Addressing literacy needs of disadvantaged children in West Philadelphia neighborhoods
Penn Medicine awards grants on a quarterly basis for expenses (not including salary support) directly related to community outreach activities. The grant funding can be used for projects big and small and for new or existing community outreach efforts.
If you volunteer your time and expertise to a community organization, you may be eligible to receive a Penn Medicine CAREs grant.