Tempe, Ariz. – Dec. 17, 2012 – Junior Achievement of Arizona (JAAZ) announced today that it has received a $1,500 CVS Caremark Community Grant. CVS Caremark All Kids Can, the company’s signature philanthropic program, is committed to helping all children on their path to better health which is closely aligned with JAAZ’s mission.
JAAZ was selected to receive a grant through the CVS Caremark Community Grants 2011 grant application process. Grants were awarded to organizations that share a common vision with CVS Caremark’s All Kids Can program, which strives to empower children with and without disabilities to reach their full potential. The goals of the All Kids Can program are to increase access to early-intervention programs that help children develop strong foundations early in life, reduce barriers to medical rehabilitation and health care services, and create greater opportunities for physical activity and creativity.
“We are committed to making a positive impact in the communities where we live and work and the CVS Caremark Community grants program does just that by supporting organizations that truly make a difference in the lives of children and families,” Dennis Palmer, senior vice president of CVS/pharmacy West Division Operations, said. “We are proud to support the work that Junior Achievement does in the community and we look forward to working with them in the year ahead.”
The grant from CVS Caremark will help JAAZ offer its economic programs to assist youth in the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC) program learn life skills that will carry them through their adult life.
“CVS has been a valued Junior Achievement of Arizona financial supporter for two years. Their funding has allowed us to provide our financial literacy and work readiness classroom programs to very deserving high school students from the Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC),” Colleen A. Tomes, JAAZ vice president of programs, said. “We appreciate their generosity which has allowed us to form such a wonderful partnership,”
“Our clients at SARRC have really benefited from the curriculum with Junior Achievement. It provides an ‘ah-ha’ moment on what it takes to live in the ‘real world’ of independence,” Jennifer Soley M,Ed. CommunityWorks facilitator at SARRC's Vocational and Life Skills Academy, added. “In addition, our clients can have some foresight of the direction they would like to take when they graduate from high school. We are very grateful for our partnership with Junior Achievement.”
About Junior Achievement of Arizona
Junior Achievement is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization which believes that every child deserves an education in economics and finances in order to inspire and prepare them for success in a global economy. Serving Arizona’s youth since 1957, JA prepares young people for the real world by showing them how to become self-sufficient, how to create jobs which make their communities robust, and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Junior Achievement of Arizona reached over 92,000 students during the 2011-2012 school year and plans to reach 95,000 students in 2012-2013. For more information on Junior Achievement or ways to get involved, please call 480-377-8500 or visit www.jaaz.org.
About CVS Caremark All Kids Can
CVS Caremark All Kids Can, a program of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and CVS Caremark, is committed to support children with disabilities. The goals of All Kids Can are to support children with disabilities by raising awareness in schools and in local communities about the importance of inclusion, creating greater opportunities for physical activity and play, and providing access to medical rehabilitation. CVS Caremark and its more than 200,000 employees plan to help children with disabilities learn, play, and succeed through partnerships with leading local and national nonprofit organizations such as VSA and many others across the country. www.cvscaremarkallkidscan.com.