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Tufts Health Plan Employees Serving Communities Across New England for Company's Annual Volunteer Day

WATERTOWN, Mass., June 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 1,000 Tufts Health Plan employees are traveling across New England today to serve local nonprofits as part of its 11th Annual Volunteer Day.

Tufts Health Plan's mission is to improve the health and wellness of the diverse communities it serves. During Volunteer Day, employees showcase this commitment by giving back to the cities and towns where they live and work. The health plan is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year.

"Volunteering isn't just something we do; it's who we are," said Tom Croswell, Tufts Health Plan president and CEO. "I'm incredibly proud of our dedicated employees who are so committed to our members and our local communities each and every day."

Volunteers will participate in a range of projects, including preparing meals for people with chronic illnesses, doing yard work, engaging older people in their choice of activities, sorting donated food, assembling books for people who are blind or visually impaired, setting up sites for summer camps, and more.

"Volunteer Day builds on the everyday work we do as a company to improve the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve," said Nora Moreno Cargie, vice president of corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan and president of its Foundation. "We support and encourage employees to be engaged in community to make a difference. And they do."

Tufts Health Plan projects employees will complete approximately 3,000 service hours throughout the day. That time is valued at nearly $100,000 in total hours spent in community according to Independent Sector. 

A full list of projects and their descriptions is below.

Organization

Project Description

Project Location

2Life Communities

Volunteers will build a vertical garden so residents can enjoy nature and cultivate and grow herbs, vegetables and flowers.

30 Wallingford Rd
Brighton, MA

 

49 Edmands Rd Framingham, MA

Bay Cove Human Services

Volunteers will rake, clean up and help to beautify two properties used by clients of Bay Cove Human Services.

36 & 44 Orlando St
Mattapan, MA

Bread of Life

Volunteers will unload the truck, shelve and bag food for residents and clean the pantry area.

54 Eastern Ave

Malden, MA

Carroll Center for the Blind

Volunteers will help with store inventory and painting the lecture hall.

770 Centre St

Newton, MA

Community Rowing

Volunteers will improve safe access to the water for all rowers

20 Nonantum Rd
Brighton, MA

Community Servings

Volunteers will prepare and package meals in the kitchen

18 Marbury Ter
Jamaica Plain, MA

Connecticut Food Bank

Volunteers will work in the warehouse, inspecting, sorting and packing food and grocery products. 

2 Research Parkway Wallingford, CT

Cradles to Crayons

Volunteers will help with inspecting, sorting and packaging donations

155 N Beacon St
Brighton, MA

Easter Seals

Volunteers will provide improvements to the Equestrian Center and other recreational areas to include general barn maintenance from painting and building paddocks to spring cleanup.

3 Randolph St. # 1

Canton, MA

Emerald Necklace Conservancy

Volunteers will work on ecological restoration such as planting trees or wildflowers, controlling erosion, building trails, or managing invasive species in Franklin Park.

125 Fenway

Boston, MA

Esplanade Association

Volunteers will remove invasive plants or weeds and clean up litter along the Esplanade.

Clarendon Plaza

Nearest Footbridge: Dartmouth St. Footbridge

Boston, MA

Federal Hill House

Volunteers will work on the playground and outside space to get ready for summer camp.  Activities will include outdoor clean-up, paint games on playground asphalt.

9 Courtland St
Providence, RI

Friendly House Neighborhood Center

Volunteers will help get the organization ready for summer camp.  Activities include but not limited to:  Painting, cleaning or organizing

36 Wall St
Worcester, MA

Germantown Neighborhood Center

Volunteers will paint the entry way and other spaces and organize kitchen and pantry spaces.

366 Palmer St

 Quincy, MA

Greater Boston Food Bank

Volunteers will work in the warehouse, inspecting, sorting and packing food and grocery products.

70 South Bay Ave
Boston, MA

Hope and Comfort

Volunteers will pack personal hygiene products to be distributed to youth organizations and food pantries.

659 Highland Ave Needham, MA

Mass Audubon's Habitat Education Center and Wildlife Sanctuary

Volunteers will use weed wrenches, loppers, saws and hand pruners to pull, cut pile, haul and chip meadow areas of the property.

10 Juniper Rd
Belmont, MA

Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless

Volunteers will work in teams to build a bed, which includes assembling, sanding, painting and the opportunity to write a personalized message. Beds are delivered to children in need across Massachusetts

Tufts Health Plan

705 Mt. Auburn St Watertown, MA

Mill City Grows

Volunteers will help with planting, weeding, harvesting, washing vegetables and preparing planting beds.

650 Suffolk St Suite G10, Lowell, MA

National Braille Press

Volunteers will help to assemble the print/braille book "Miss Nelson is Missing" for blind children

88 St. Stephen St
Boston, MA

New Hampshire Food Bank Garden

Volunteers will work in the production garden which supplies fresh vegetables to local food pantries.  Duties will include weeding, planting or transplanting seedlings.

1056 River Rd
Manchester, NH

Operation American Soldier

Volunteers will make Paracord "Survival" bracelets which will be distributed to deployed troops.

Tufts Health Plan

705 Mt. Auburn St Watertown, MA

Pine Street Inn

Volunteers will work in the kitchen chopping vegetables, making sandwiches, weighing food and providing other basic meal preparation

444 Harrison Ave
Boston, MA

Project Hope

Volunteers will help with Project Hope's Summer Kick Off barbeque.  Volunteers will do face painting, flip burgers, run the kids games, help with set-up and break-down.

550 Dudley St

 Roxbury, MA

Providence Boys and Girls Club

Volunteers will provide outdoor clean-up, set up for summer camp, painting.

550 Branch Ave
Providence, RI

Rhode Island Community Food Bank

Volunteers will work in the warehouse, inspecting, sorting and packing food and grocery products. 

200 Niantic Ave Providence, RI

Service Dog Project

Volunteers will conduct activities ranging from kennel cleaning and fence building to grass seeding and raking leaves.

37 Boxford Rd

Ipswich, MA

Springwell

Volunteers will make Hello Summer Cards for recipients of the Meals on Wheels program

Tufts Health Plan

705 Mt. Auburn St. Watertown, MA

St. Francis House

Volunteers will assist with meal preparation in the kitchen and clothing distribution

39 Boylston St
Boston, MA

The Dimock Center

Volunteers will clean-up the Center grounds

55 Dimock St
Boston, MA

The Food Project

Volunteers will help with planting, weeding, harvesting, washing vegetables and preparing planting beds.

94 Concord Rd
Intersection of Rte 126 and Baker Bridge Rd
Lincoln, MA

United Way

Volunteers will assemble activities and include supplies like Play-Doh, laces, jumbo crayons, stickers, etc. in the Fine Motor Fun Kits which will be distributed to local nonprofits serving children 0-5.

Tufts Health Plan

705 Mt. Auburn St. Watertown, MA

Urban Farming Institute

Volunteers will plant, weed, compost and water crops.

227 Harold Street, Dorchester, MA

Waltham Boys & Girls Club

Volunteers will help to prepare the Club for an amazing start to summer camp.  Projects may include outdoor clean-up and painting, organizing art supplies, decorating bulletin boards and more

20 Exchange St
Waltham, MA

Waltham Fields Community Farms

Volunteers will tend specific crops, tasks may include weeding by hand or hoe, transplanting seedlings, planting seeds in rows or other tasks that need to be done that day.

240 Beaver St

Waltham, MA

Watertown Boys & Girls Club

Volunteers will set up the site at Hale Reservation in Westwood where the club holds its summer camp.  Tasks include cleaning up the area, sectioning off parts of the site for different activities, putting up tents, loading supplies and more.

80 Carby St
Watertown, MA

Worcester County Food Bank

Volunteers will sort, inspect and organize donated food and grocery products.

474 Boston Turnpike
Shrewsbury, MA

About Tufts Health Plan
Celebrating our 40th anniversary in 2019, Tufts Health Plan is nationally recognized for its commitment to providing innovative, high-quality health care coverage.  Staying true to our mission of improving the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve, we touch the lives of more than 1.16 million members in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut through employer-sponsored plans; Medicare; Medicaid and Marketplace plans, offering health insurance coverage across the life span regardless of age or circumstance. We are continually among the top health plans in the country based on quality and member satisfaction. Our Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO and Senior Care Options plans received a 5-star rating from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, the highest rating possible. i

To learn more about how we're redefining what a health plan can do, visit www.tuftshealthplan.com/whatwedo.  Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and LinkedIn

iEvery year, Medicare evaluates plans based on a 5-Star rating system. Star Ratings are calculated each year and may change from one year to the next. For more information on plan ratings, go to www.medicare.gov. Tufts Medicare Preferred HMO plans received 5 out of 5 stars for contract years 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019.

Contact: Kathleen Makela
kathleen_makela@tufts-health.com
857-304-8293

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