Worcester County Non-Profits, Reliant Foundation, Worcester, MAWORCESTER, Mass., April 9, 2013 – Reliant Medical Group Foundation has awarded a total of $57,500 to 12 non-profit institutions as part of its mission to promote health in Central Massachusetts through education, innovation, support of quality improvement, and access to services. The Foundation offers community grants twice a year to organizations within Reliant Medical Group’s Central MA service area. Charities offering programs and initiatives to battle the obesity epidemic gain special consideration.

“We are proud to award these grants to help empower nonprofit organization to make a greater impact on individual lives throughout Central Massachusetts,” said Kelsa Zereski, director of philanthropy at Reliant Medical Group.  “Reliant Foundation’s community grants program is a unique opportunity to support the health of our local community. Each of our recipients has demonstrated a strong commitment to helping people they serve, and we are thrilled to support their efforts.”

Grants were made to the following charities and programs:
A Little Easier Recovery: The Jacki® Program for breast cancer patients
Boys & Girls Club of Webster-Dudley: The Choices Program – Mental Health Model
Cleghorn Neighborhood Center: Youth Wellness Initiative
Dismas House: Healthy Steps Initiative
Growing Places: Gardening Education
Higgins Armory Museum: Summer Swordplay
Rachel’s Table: Children’s Milk Fund
Seven Hills Family Services: The Healthy Hills nutrition, health and cooking program
Visitation House: Healthy Moms and Babies class
VNA Care Network & Hospice: Worcester Elder Wellness Clinics
Worcester State University – Latino Education Institute: Club Educacion
YouthNet: Wheels To Water

In addition, Reliant Foundation has provided a $9,000 grant to Reliant Medical Group’s Care Management department to expand transportation to medical appointments for low-income elderly patients. This support is part of Reliant Foundation’s commitment to provide care and comfort to Reliant patients.

Reliant Foundation awarded $200,000 in grants to various community recipients in 2012. This year, the organization has pledged to increase their grants by 25% to $250,000.

About Reliant Medical Group Foundation
Established in 1988 as a public charity, Reliant Medical Group Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting health in Central Massachusetts through education, innovation, support of quality improvement, and access to services. As the charitable arm of Reliant Medical Group, the Foundation offers grants to non-profit organizations within Reliant’s service area which deliver programs to battle the obesity epidemic, create access to healthcare for underserved populations, and support “Innovations in Healthy Living”, such as early literacy. The Foundation also supports Reliant’s patient needs by delivering targeted funding in service to education, comfort and access to care. For more information, please visit www.reliantfoundation.org.