Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation has announced that Klingberg Comprehensive Program Services in New Britain was awarded $500 from the Foundation's Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program. A Harvard Pilgrim Health Care employee, Kathy Kukowski, nominated Klingberg for the award. Funds will be used to support the youth nutrition program. Since the program began in 2002, Harvard Pilgrim employees have directed contributions to hundreds of organizations throughout Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine with grants totaling more than $3 million.
To commemorate those Harvard Pilgrim members who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, Harvard Pilgrim and the Foundation created the Community Spirit 9/11 Mini-Grant program. This program allows each Harvard Pilgrim employee to award a $500 grant, completely funded by the Foundation, to the local charity of his or her choice each calendar year.
"We are so fortunate to have generous and dedicated employees who enrich our company and the communities in which we all live and work," said Karen Voci, president of the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation. "The Mini-Grant program is a wonderful way to support our employees as philanthropists and to help them make an impact in their own cities and towns."
In 2013, more than 98 percent of Harvard Pilgrim employees participated in at least one form of service or giving through volunteering, the 9/11 Mini-Grants program, or our annual Employee Fundraising Campaign.