Last November Adam Grimaldo, a Community Outreach Manager at Molina Healthcare, approached Neighborhood House about ways that Molina could help us provide quality, affordable day care and support services to children and adults, regardless of their ability to pay. Since that day, a rich and productive relationship has blossomed between our two organizations.
Molina is a FORTUNE 500 company on the forefront of providing quality healthcare to financially vulnerable individuals and families. This combination of profitability and social consciousness allows Molina to make real impacts in developing communities, and this has truly been the case over the past few months in its partnership with Neighborhood House.
In December Molina donated over 100 turkeys to our clients. Many families were able to enjoy a hot meal on Christmas thanks to Molina’s patronage who may have been otherwise unable to do so. There were even left over turkeys to support our staff, a much deserved reward for their hard work and dedication.
In January Adam from Molina attended our Community Connections Resource Fair where he was able to spread the word that healthcare can be made affordable to individuals and families in vulnerable financial situations. He brought a “blender bike”, which quickly became the focus of the event (to everyone else’s dismay).
Most recently Molina completed a weekly cooking class for our school aged kids. Executive Chef Jose Ramos provided instruction about how to cook healthy food that tastes great on a budget. Recipes included wheat French toast, turkey burgers and pita pizzas. This program was quite successful, so much so that Fox 13 aired a story about it on the news (embedded below).
Starting next week, Molina will repeat its cooking program with our younger kids. We will also be represented at Molina’s Community Champions event where exemplary community members are nominated and recognized for their contributions. Molina, for your support of Neighborhood House and its mission, we can’t thank you enough.