WHAT: To help children in need succeed and prepare for the new school year, Molina Healthcare of Michigan will be donating backpacks to children in Southeast Michigan at upcoming community events. Various community organizations will join Molina at each event to distribute a variety of free school supplies to children in attendance. The events are free and open to the public.
On Saturday, August 16, Molina employee volunteers and popular cat doctor mascot, Dr. Cleo, are teaming up with The Youth Connection to distribute 1,500 backpacks at the annual Back-to-School Fair on Belle Isle.
On Thursday, August 21, Molina will participate in the Wayne County Department of Public Health Annual Fun Fest in Wayne, MI and distribute 1,500 backpacks.
On Friday, August 22, Molina employees will distribute 750 backpacks filled with brand new school supplies at the Franklin Wright Settlements Back-to-School Rally. The school supplies were donated by Molina Healthcare of Michigan employees.
All backpacks will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis (one per person) while supplies last. The giveaways align with Molina Healthcare’s ongoing mission of giving back to the community and serving individuals and families in need.
WHERE: Belle Isle Casino Saturday, August 16, 2014
Casino Way and Sunset Dr. 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Detroit, MI 48207
Wayne County Dept of Public Health Thursday, August 21, 2014
33030 Van Born Rd. 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Wayne, MI 48184
Franklin Wright Settlement Friday, August 22, 2014
3360 Charlevoix 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Detroit, MI 48201
WHY: According to the annual Kids Count Survey, children in Michigan struggle in education and economic well-being. It found 54 percent of kids are not attending preschool, 69 percent of fourth graders are not proficient in reading and 70 percent of eighth graders are not proficient in math. The survey also found 38 percent of children in Wayne County live in poverty.
VISUAL: Molina Healthcare employees distributing backpacks to children
About Molina Healthcare
Molina Healthcare, Inc., a FORTUNE 500 company, provides managed health care services under the Medicaid and Medicare programs and through the state insurance marketplaces. Through our locally operated health plans in 11 states across the nation, Molina currently serves approximately 2.3 million members. Dr. C. David Molina founded our company in 1980 as a provider organization serving low-income families in Southern California. Today, we continue his mission of providing high quality and cost-effective health care to those who need it most. For more information about Molina Healthcare, please visit our website at www.molinahealthcare.com.