Baton Rouge Area Foundation Receives $250,000 Grant from UnitedHealthcare to Help with Relief and Recovery Efforts from the Floods in Southeast Louisiana

  • Grant supports Southeast Louisiana’s long-term, sustainable
    recovery to help rebuild businesses and improve the lives of people
    affected by the recent floods
  • Grant to be shared among five organizations that are helping
    people live healthier lives

BATON ROUGE, La.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–UnitedHealthcare has donated $250,000 to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation
to support five organizations that are helping with Southeast
Louisiana’s long-term, sustainable recovery after the devastating floods
of 2016.

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation – in response to the devastation caused
by torrential rains that damaged more than 100,000 homes and displaced
thousands of families – established the Louisiana Flood Relief Fund to
help support the immediate needs of people and businesses affected by
the floods and aid in the long-term recovery of Southeast Louisiana.

The foundation will use the grant to support five organizations already
working to help people affected by the floods: SBP (formerly St. Bernard
Project), Mid City Redevelopment Alliance, the Louisiana First
Foundation, Southern University Law Center and Woman’s Hospital
Mammography Coach. The grant is part of UnitedHealthcare’s ongoing
effort to identify and support organizations in Louisiana that help
people live healthier lives.

“We are grateful for the support of UnitedHealthcare, as this grant
comes at a critical time in our efforts to get people back into their
homes and help re-open businesses,” said John Davies, president and CEO
the Baton Rouge Area Foundation. “There is still much work to be done,
and these recipient organizations are making a positive impact in our

The $250,000 grant announcement was made in Baton Rouge at the Mid City
Redevelopment Alliance, where First Lady Donna Edwards and
UnitedHealthcare employees joined community volunteers to help load a
truck filled with construction materials to repair damaged storefronts
in the area. Attendees at the event also included representatives from
each organization receiving a grant, UnitedHealthcare executives and
employees, and community volunteers.

“It is wonderful to see the great work that can be achieved when private
and public organizations work together,” said Louisiana First Lady Donna
Edwards. “I am pleased to be here today with UnitedHealthcare, Baton
Rouge Area Foundation and their partners in helping our community
rebuild its businesses, its homes and its infrastructure after these
devastating floods.”

City Redevelopment Alliance
will receive $100,000 to help launch its
“Welcome Home” program focused on rebuilding and restoring homes and
businesses in the Baton Rouge area through education, and façade- and
neighborhood-improvement grants.

SBP will receive $100,000 to assist in rebuilding homes. Through its
local hub, SBP trains organizations on how to rebuild homes more
effectively and efficiently. SBP provides direct gutting and rebuilding
services, technical support, capacity building and best practices to
other recovery organizations.

“The grant from UnitedHealthcare will make a direct impact on how
quickly business owners can re-open their doors and homeowners can move
back into their homes,” said Zack Rosenburg, co-founder and CEO, SBP.
“Our goal is to eliminate the unnecessary suffering associated with a
prolonged recovery. The best way to do that is to ensure that it is
prompt and efficient, but that does not happen without help and people
working together to expedite recovery efforts.”

The Louisiana First Foundation will receive $25,000 to continue
coordinating resources for state and local governments, private
nonprofit groups and Louisiana residents. The Southern
University Law Center
will receive $15,000 to continue its work with
the Disaster Recovery Law Clinic to provide legal help to people
suffering in the aftermath of the flooding.

Also, the Woman’s
Hospital Mammography Coach
will receive $10,000 to support its
mobile coach that makes mammography
more accessible. The vehicle travels to 15 parishes in Louisiana
visiting churches, schools and community centers to provide women with
breast-imaging services.

“These organizations are doing tremendous work in helping rebuild our
community after these devastating floods and are making a positive
impact in the lives of so many people,” said Allison Young, CEO,
UnitedHealthcare Community Plan of Louisiana. “We are grateful for the
opportunity to work with these organizations to help build a stronger,
more resilient Louisiana.”

UnitedHealthcare serves more than 880,000 Louisianans enrolled in
employer-sponsored, individual and Medicare health plans with a network
of 164 hospitals and more than 17,000 physicians and other care
providers statewide.

About UnitedHealthcare:

UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live
healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting
consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships
with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health
benefit programs for individuals, employers, military service members,
retirees and their families, and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries,
and contracts directly with more than 1 million physicians and care
professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide.
UnitedHealthcare is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE:
UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company. For more
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About the Baton Rouge Area Foundation:

The Baton Rouge Area Foundation is among the largest community
foundations in the country. We work in two ways to improve the lives of
people across South Louisiana. One, we serve philanthropists; helping
them pursue the causes they care about. Two, we take on projects for
civic good. The Foundation and its fund donors have granted more than
$400 million to nonprofits over more than five decades. Our projects
include rebuilding inner city neighborhoods, reviving downtown Baton
Rouge, improving health care services

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