"It's good to know CareMore Foundation is there
for us and I really appreciate the work they do."

- Helen Sirrs, CareMore member since 2006

Mission Statement

The mission of the CareMore Foundation is to care for seniors and provide for those
who would otherwise be compromised due to lack of adequate support and resources.

Purpose Statement

The CareMore Foundation is a non-profit organization that has been formed to support and strengthen our local communities by bringing volunteers, finances and recognition to non-profit organizations who serve seniors.

Scope

The scope of the Foundation is comprehensive and includes fundraising activities and volunteering for non-profit organizations that have a direct or indirect influence on the quality of life experiences for seniors. This includes but is not limited to supportive care and community services required for seniors to function at optimal levels physically, emotionally, mentally, financially and socially.

Objectives

  • To care-more for the Senior community through dedicated, financial support of Senior based non-profit organizations;
  • To participate-more with Senior non-profit organizations by providing volunteers to staff and assist with their designated and specific program activities;
  • To recognize-more Senior non-profit organizations for the compassionate care they provide that results in improved quality of life experience for Seniors;
  • To provide CareMore employees and other contributors an opportunity to give- more, in a focused effort to help others who cannot help themselves.

Guiding Principles

The CareMore Foundation will actively identify, promote and support non-profit organizations whose visions and values complement the CareMore movement to provide excellent support and services to seniors, in a kind and compassionate manner.

Authority and Accountability

The Board of Directors is responsible for oversight of the Foundation including all efforts and activities designed to fulfill the objectives of the Foundation.

Structure and Function

The Board of Directors has the ultimate responsibility for performance of Foundation activities. The Board delegates the ongoing responsibility for the development and implementation of the Foundation objectives to the Foundation Advisory Committee.

The Advisory Committee is a standing committee that is charged with developing, implementing and overseeing the Foundation operations on a daily basis. The Committee will be led by a Chairman, who will report to the Foundation Board on at least a quarterly basis.
Multidisciplinary Regional Teams will be led by Regional Coaches, and responsible for identifying and selecting regional opportunities to volunteer, fundraise and recognize non-profit organizations.

Staffing and Support

The Foundation work will initially be staffed and supported by CareMore Employee Volunteers, who have expressed an interest in working with the Foundation.

Evaluation

On at least an annual basis, the Foundation activities will be formally reviewed and summarized. This evaluation will include but not be limited to a detailed summary of volunteer hours dedicated to the work of the Foundation an explicit financial summary of funds raised and contributed to non-profit organizations, a plan for the coming years activities that describes in detail the work the Foundation will complete.

"It's good to know CareMore Foundation is there
for us and I really appreciate the work they do."

- Helen Sirrs, CareMore member since 2006

Foundation Grants

CareMore Foundation selected a grant theme of FOOD SECURITY FOR SENIORS, intended for local non-profit agencies
which serve the same communities that CareMore serves. Agencies selected to receive this grant will receive a monetary
grant as well as service hours from CareMore Foundation volunteers.

Grant Making Philosophy and Criteria

The CareMore Foundation Advisory Committee reviews all requests for grants. The Advisory Committee endeavors to support soundly managed charitable organizations which have a direct or indirect influence on the quality of life experiences for seniors. The Committee does not discriminate on the basis of ethnicity, race, gender, or religion.

All funds must be used within the United States and grants cannot be made to individuals. Grants also cannot be made to political candidates or campaigns, lobbying projects or programs to directly influence legislation. A recipient organization must be exempt from income taxation under Federal law and where applicable, California law.

Recognizing that it cannot meet all the demands upon its resources, the Advisory Committee, in allocating CareMore Foundation funds, gives priority to organizations that provide supportive care and community services required for seniors to function at optimal levels physically, emotionally, mentally, financially, and socially.

The Advisory Committee prefers to make contributions to organizations that use the funds directly in the furtherance of their charitable and public purposes rather than to redistributive agencies.

Operational Guidelines

The Advisory Committee accepts, reviews, and votes on applications for grants on a semi-annual basis. Consideration is given to planning, operational review, and decisions regarding categories for major allocations from time to time as needed. At least once each year, the CareMore Foundation Board of Directors receives and reviews reports and projections regarding the financial status of the Foundation.

Since the processing of a proposal by the Advisory Committee entails considerable study and because a large number of proposals await review, an applicant should allow a considerable period of time for a decision.

A summary grant proposal on the form included herewith should be submitted. The applicant will be contacted if further information is required.

Responsibilities of the Grantee

After a grant has been approved, funds are forwarded to the grantee institution for expenditures in accordance with the conditions of the request and any other conditions which the Advisory Committee may articulate. Subsequent significant changes in the approved purpose of the expenditure may be made only upon written authorization of the Advisory Committee. Funds not expended or required to complete the program or project or to achieve the approved objective must be returned to the Advisory Committee.

The award of a grant does not imply any obligation or commitment by the Advisory Committee concerning future support.

The Advisory Committee requests that its permission be obtained before the name of the Foundation or the names of any members on the Board of Directors or Advisory Committee are used in publicity regarding a grant and its results.

All requests for grants and other correspondence should be mailed to the following address:

CareMore Foundation Advisory Committee
12900 Park Plaza Drive, Suite 150, MS-7120
Cerritos, CA 90703

Winners of the Second CareMore Foundation Grant

Supporting Senior Services in our Community

The CareMore Foundation is pleased to award $10,000 each to eight non-profit agencies in appreciation for
the valuable social services they offer to seniors. We encourage CareMore employees to find opportunities
to volunteer at these organizations as well as others serving seniors in our communities.

2-1-1 Arizona, Community Information and Referral Services
Phoenix, AZ

This toll-free 24/7 bilingual telephone service provides integrated information and referrals to social services programs in Arizona. Senior services include transportation programs, supportive housing assistance, home visit programs, discount utility services, counseling, senior centers and nutrition/food service.


2-1-1 California
South Pasadena, CA

A toll-free 24/7 telephone service, this joint effort of the United Ways of California AND the California Alliance of Information and Referral Services provides food and housing resources, mental health and crisis support, help for seniors and disabled, and emergency and disaster response.


Nevada 2-1-1, HELP of Southern Nevada
Las Vegas, NV

HELP of Southern Nevada serves as the southern Nevada 2-1-1 information and referral center, providing toll-free telephone referrals to senior-focused services include assistance with food, clothing, housing, and utilities; physical and mental health resources; meal service, homemaker and respite care, and transportation as well as community crisis and disaster recovery.


Asian American Senior Citizens Service Center
Santa Ana, CA

The Asian American Senior Citizens Service Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the awareness of the needs of the Asian American elderly, assisting their access to essential health care and social services, and promoting a dignified living in the community.

Asian Americans for Community Involvement
San Jose, CA

AACI Senior Program is requesting a grant to expand their case management services to more lower income seniors; case management services include senior center appointments and home visits for developing a care plan, coordinating transportation, meals, and vital appointments, translation and enrollment in AACI ESL courses, and acting as the individual's advocate as needed.


Pathways Home Health and Hospice
Sunnyvale, CA

This community-based, non-profit organization provides health care services at home, including palliative care and hospice. The CareMore Foundation grant is designated for the Pathways bereavement support program.


Stanislaus Senior Foundation
Modesto, CA

This foundation raises and prudently distributes funds to low-income seniors with emergent financial needs that fall outside of the range of the Area Agency on Aging. Examples include utility bill assistance when the local assistance programs are out of funds, providing working microwaves to warm up Meals on Wheels food, minor home repairs and safety modifications such as utility ramps and grab bars, pest control, and temporary housing in special circumstances.


Helping Hands of Vegas Valley
Las Vegas, NV

Established in 2000, Helping Hands of Vegas Valley is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization with the mission to provide free, assistive services to senior citizens in Southern Nevada, allowing them to maintain their dignity and independence while improving health and daily living. Services include transportation, food pantry, and respite care. We are so proud that the HHOVV volunteer team includes some very special CareMore members!


2011 Grant Recipients

CareMore Foundation is pleased to announce our first grant award winners. The Foundation selected a theme of
FOOD SECURITY FOR SENIORS intended for non-profit agencies serving the same neighborhoods as CareMore.
We commend the following organizations on their ongoing dedication to provide nourishment and care for the
older members of our communities.

CALIFORNIA

Los Angeles and Orange Counties

Human Services Association (HSA), Bell Gardens
Awarded $3,000

The HSA organization serves approximately 1,700 meals every day to seniors in 10 southeast Los Angeles cities. They will use their grant to continue providing congregate meals at 16 senior centers, plus 11 home delivered meal routes to benefit frail, homebound seniors.

Christian Outreach in Action (COA), Long Beach
Awarded $3,000

The COA group offers hot breakfasts and dinners to low-income seniors and plans to use the CareMore Foundation grant to initiate a monthly "Senior Care Day", to include lunch and giveaways of fresh groceries, household supplies, and clothes.

Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, Los Angeles
Awarded $3,000

The Brown Bag Senior Nutrition Program distributes food to more than 3,000 low-income seniors each month throughout Los Angeles County at various Brown Bag sites or via home delivery by volunteers.

Meals on Wheels (MOW), Long Beach
Awarded $3,000

On weekdays, "Friendly Visitor Volunteers" from Meals On Wheels of Long Beach deliver prepared meals to an average of 250 clients. This non-profit organization has been in operation for over 30 years and relies heavily on volunteers to prepare and deliver meals.

Meet Each Need with Dignity (MEND)
Awarded $3,000

MEND serves seniors in the northeast San Fernando Valley with food boxes available at three locations for pick up, or delivery if needed. Of special interest, this organization creates food boxes specifically tailored to the needs of seniors with diabetes.

St Francis Center, Los Angeles
Awarded $3,000

The St Francis Center Senior Pantry program provides fresh groceries once a week to low-income seniors and offers weekly Senior Meal and social event. Additionally, the center's Homeless Food Service program provides meals Monday through Saturday.

Union Rescue Mission, Los Angeles
Awarded $3,000

Seniors account for 21% of the population served at Union Rescue Mission, which offers three hot meals each day to homeless individuals in Los Angeles and designated mealtime schedules for seniors. URM considers seniors, especially senior women, a priority population for support.

Community Action Partnership of Orange County, Garden Grove
Awarded $5,000

The CAPOC agency plans to use the CareMore Foundation grant to provide fresh fruits and vegetables as well as staple foods to low-income seniors via the Orange County Food Bank Farm 2 Seniors program and Commodity Supplemental Food Programs.

Crossroads Community Church, La Habra
Awarded $5,000

Crossroads Community Church offers seniors a weekly food pantry, handyman assistance, and rides to doctors' appointments. They will use their grant for the purchase of Treasure Box Quick & Healthy Meal Boxes, nutritionally balanced prepared meals for seniors.

San Bernardino County

Community Health Action Network (CHAN), Victorville
Awarded $5,000

The CareMore Foundation grant will allow the CHAN organization to offer a Treasure Box Quick & Healthy Meals package, consisting of 10 nutritionally balanced prepared meals, as an emergency food source for High Desert seniors in need.

Santa Clara County

Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI), San Jose
Awarded $3,000

Ninety-five percent of AACI's senior clients are extremely low-income, and this grant will be used to continue the Senior Nutrition Program, a nutritious congregate lunch service available on weekdays.

Portuguese Organization for Social Services & Opportunities, San Jose
Awarded $3,000

The multi-purpose senior center operated by POSSO serves low-income seniors in downtown and east San Jose. Their Senior Nutrition and Food Distribution program provides 12,000 hot meals, 2,500 brown bags of groceries, and 300 bags of food commodities every year.

The Health Trust, Campbell
Awarded $3,000

As the sole provider of Meals on Wheels in Santa Clara County, The Health Trust will use this grant award to continue meal delivery to 375 frail, elderly and homebound individuals.

Yu-Ai Kai Senior Center (YAK), San Jose
Awarded $3,000

The Yu-Ai Kai's Senior Nutrition Program provides senior congregate lunches on weekdays as well as home delivered meals. The YAK senior meals meet federal RDA requirements, and the program consistently receives high ratings for the preparation and quality of meals cooked on-site.

Stanislaus County

Howard Training Center (HTC), Modesto
Awarded $2,500

The HTC will use its grant funds to continue the Senior Meals Program, offering hot lunches at 12 congregate sites throughout Stanislaus County and volunteer-driver delivery routes to bring meals to homebound seniors. All meals are created and approved by a registered dietician.

Interfaith Ministries, Modesto
Awarded $2,500

The Interfaith Ministries Food Pantry serves over 1100 Modesto seniors each year with packages of groceries. They intend to use the CareMore Foundation grant to expand a new home grocery delivery program, bringing Food Pantry packages to frail seniors who lack transportation.

St Vincent de Paul, Riverbank
Awarded $2,500

This all-volunteer group, operating with no overhead expenses or paid employees, prepares food bags twice a week for needy persons and seniors. This grant will fund their Special Senior Food Supplement, with 100% of the grant used to purchase meat and fruit.

United Samaritans Foundation, Turlock
Awarded $2,500

Over 1,100 low-income seniors in Stanislaus County receive food from United Samaritans. This grant will go toward the Emergency Food Box program, a twice-weekly food distribution program that provides over 7,100 boxes of food every year.

ARIZONA

Maricopa County

East Valley Adult Resources (EVAR), Scottsdale
Awarded $5,000

The EVAR Meals on Wheels program delivers meals via 24 delivery routes to over 400 homebound older adults every day in addition to serving senior congregate meals in three Active Adult Centers.

Tempe Community Action Agency (TCAA), Tempe
Awarded $5,000

TCAA delivered over 54,000 hot, nutritious meals to frail, elderly, or disabled individuals in the Tempe and Scottsdale in a year. During the delivery visit, volunteers also complete a "daily wellness check", assessing the senior's safety and well-being and providing social interaction.

Pima County

Community Food Bank (CFB), Tucson
Awarded $3,000

The CFB administers the USDA Food Plus program in southern Arizona, and the agency will use CareMore Foundation grant funds to deliver Food Plus supplement packages of dry milk, cheese, and non-perishable meat to low-income seniors.

Lutheran Social Services of the Southwest (LSS-SW), Tucson
Awarded $3,000

The CareMore grant award will help LSS-SW's Senior Nutrition Program to deliver bottled water and boxes of easy to open, shelf-stable food to seniors who would benefit from ready-to-eat food due to restricted ability to obtain and prepare appropriate meals.

Pima Council on Aging, Tucson
Awarded $3,000

The Pima Council on Aging offers home delivered meals via 16 routes and congregate meals and social activities at 12 sites throughout Pima County. In the last fiscal year, 269,000 delivered meals and 95,140 congregate meals were served to seniors.

"It's good to know CareMore Foundation is there
for us and I really appreciate the work they do."

- Helen Sirrs, CareMore member since 2006

Contact Us

"Because CareMore focuses on the care of seniors, many of whom are chronically ill or frail, we have a lot of programs that
require our doctors and nurses to go into the patients' homes. And when this happened in the past, our staff was constantly
seeing the needs that were outside our abilities to meet them." - CareMore President Leeba Lessin

How to Reach Us

CareMore Foundation Advisory Committee
12900 Park Plaza Drive, Suite 150, MS-7120
Cerritos, CA 90703
Phone 562.622.2968
Fax 562.622.2818
jeffrey.tipton@caremore.com

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