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Highmark Delaware commits $200K to Delaware COVID-19 initiative

Delaware News Desk
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Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware announced April 3 a $200,000 BluePrints for the Community contribution to the Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative, to meet the needs of the individuals, families and organizations experiencing hardship due to the COVID-19 crisis.

“Now more than ever, it is crucial that organizations positioned to help our community do so in a collaborative and meaningful way,” said Nick Moriello, president of Highmark Blue Cross Shield Delaware. “This initiative aims to identify and address immediate needs around safety, health and wellness, and food and housing insecurity, as well building the path we need to move forward and out of this challenging time.”

The Delaware COVID-19 Emergency Response Initiative is being coordinated by Delaware Alliance for Nonprofit Advancement, Delaware Community Foundation, Philanthropy Delaware and the United Way of Delaware, and consists of two funds: the Delaware Does More COVID-19 Rapid Response Fund, which will focus on alleviating the near-term impact of COVID-19 by working to supplement and support efforts related to children in low-income households, the working poor and seniors; amd the Delaware COVID-19 Strategic Response Fund, which will target emerging and evolving needs of the state’s most-impacted communities, for the longer term needs of the community.

Highmark Delaware’s contribution from its donor-advised fund, BluePrints for the Community, will be divided evenly between the two funds at $100,000 each.

“We look forward to joining our business and community partners in serving those who need it most and commend the efforts of all involved,” said Moriello.

As an enterprise, Highmark Inc. announced a total of $2 million in grants from Highmark’s community giving program, Highmark Foundation in Pennsylvania and West Virginia, including Highmark Delaware’s commitment.

For more, visit delcf.org/coronavirus.