As a not-for-profit health plan, CDPHP has always maintained a strong tradition of corporate giving to ensure the health and vibrancy of the communities we serve. To that end, we partner with a host of charitable organizations whose mission reflects that aim.
Every year, we support a broad spectrum of programs, events, and activities, including those relating to health, fitness, education, youth development, social justice, cultural arts, and disease awareness and prevention. The following are just some of the causes we embraced in 2015 through our corporate sponsorship program and employee initiatives.
Annual Charity of Choice
The CDPHP workforce adopted Northern Rivers Family of Services as its “charity of choice” in 2015. Throughout the year, our employees provided both fundraising and volunteer support for this organization whose agencies – Northeast Parent & Child Society and Parsons Child and Family Center – offer a wide range of social services that improve the lives of more than 13,000 children and families annually.
In addition to raising nearly $44,000 for Northern Rivers, our staff also donated school supplies and books for the children and volunteered at a camp dedicated to reuniting siblings separated through foster care placement. In recognition of our efforts, CDPHP was named Northern Rivers’ 2015 Corporate Champion for Children.
Community Service Committee
Every year, our staff lends its support to the causes embraced by our company’s Community Service Committee. In 2015, the committee conducted quarterly blood drives, completed several hands-on community projects, and spearheaded on-site fundraising events that netted $2,357 on behalf of the Addictions Care Center of Albany, National Center for Missing & Exploited Children, St. Catherine’s Center for Children, and the Alzheimer’s Association – Northeastern New York Chapter.
Addressing Food Insecurity in the Community
For 15 years, CDPHP has organized an annual holiday appeal to benefit the Regional Food Bank of Northeastern New York. Thanks to the support of dozens of individuals, businesses, and organizations, this year’s appeal netted $31,555 for the Food Bank’s BackPack Program. The program, which serves 2,500 elementary school children like Cameron at 115 schools across 18 counties, provides nutritious, easy-to-prepare or ready-to-serve foods to children in need.
An additional $9,500 was raised for the Food Bank this summer when CDPHP partnered with SEFCU to host the first-ever “We’re All Ears Cornival,” an August food competition that featured tastings of sweet and savory corn-themed dishes from 14 local restaurants.
CDPHP® Workforce Team Challenge
Our staff participates in numerous charity-sponsored runs, walks, and bike events in our community. In addition, they come out in force to support the annual CDPHP® Workforce Team Challenge, a 3.5-mile road race through the city of Albany that attracts more than 10,000 registrants from hundreds of organizations and raises thousands of dollars for worthwhile causes. The event is organized by the Hudson Mohawk Road Runners Club (HMRRC) and serves as the major fundraiser for many of HMRRC’s activities and services, including college scholarships, grants, running clinics, and the Just Run® Program, which encourages grade school children to run for exercise and fun.
Additionally, in 2015, three “charities of choice,” selected by an impartial panel of reviewers, shared a record $31,000 in charitable donations. The organizations that benefited included The Brave Will Foundation, CEO, and The Food Pantries for the Capital District.