Wednesday, August 01, 2007

CVS/Caremark To Donate Playgrounds

WOONSOCKET, R.I. — CVS All Kids Can, a program of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and CVS/pharmacy, pledged $1.1 million to Boundless Playgrounds as part of an ongoing commitment to making life easier for children with disabilities.

Three CVS Caremark Charitable Trust grants totaling $750,000 will fund construction and program services for major new Boundless playgrounds in Boston, Dallas and Los Angeles in 2008. In addition, the trust will provide $290,000 for projects currently under development in a dozen communities to create playgrounds where children of all abilities can play together.

"We are thrilled to announce the next phase of our relationship with Boundless Playgrounds and to continue our goal of helping create environments where children of all abilities can play together," said Eileen Howard Dunn, Vice President Corporate Communications and Community Relations for CVS Caremark. "We are not only bringing signature CVS All Kids Can Boundless playgrounds to three major cities, but we are also supporting grassroots efforts by local community organizations to bring inclusive playgrounds to their neighborhoods."

The Boundless playground projects in Boston, Dallas and Los Angeles will each receive $250,000, which will be used for the purchase of playground equipment and universally accessible surfacing to allow children who use support equipment like wheelchairs or walkers to be in the middle of the fun. The funds will also provide for program management.

Core attributes of a Boundless playground are the ability for every child to reach the highest play deck, play structures configured to support children's development, universally accessible pathways and surfacing, spots where everyone can gather, equipment like swings and bouncers with back support, elevated sand tables and activity panels where children of all abilities can play together, and sensory-rich activities to encourage imaginary play.

CVS All Kids Can, a program of the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and CVS/pharmacy, is a five-year, $25 million commitment to support children with disabilities. The goals of CVS 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 and related services. CVS/pharmacy and its more than 170,000 employees plan to help children with disabilities learn, play and succeed through partnerships with leading local and national nonprofit organizations across the country.

Boundless Playgrounds is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides leadership to help communities create extraordinary playgrounds where children, with and without disabilities, can develop essential skills for life as they learn together through play.

The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, Inc. is a private foundation created by CVS Caremark Corporation. CVS Caremark is the No. 1 provider of prescriptions and related health care services in the nation.

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