Lions and Anthem Team up on Service Maintaining their homes and yards is not easy for those who are blind or have visual impairments. So on a Saturday in October Plant City Lions Club members in Florida teamed up with volunteers from Anthem, Inc. to paint homes and do yard work. Nearly 300 volunteers from Anthem and other organizations came from all over Tampa Bay to brave a few splatters of paint and lend a helping hand. By the end of the day they had pressure washed and painted 11 homes, trimmed hedges, landscaped yards and planned further work. The event was part of Volunteer Days—a nationwide service event partnering Lions clubs and Leos in U.S. cities with volunteers from Anthem on projects that promoted health and wellness in the communities where the volunteers live and work. “It was wonderful working with the Anthem volunteers. As soon as they hit the ground they were grabbing paintbrushes,” says Karen Crumley of the Plant City Lions Club.” They were so ready to help and they were very nice company. Some even stayed around after to help clean up.” Headquartered in Indianapolis, Indiana, Anthem is one of the nation’s largest health benefits companies. With more than 50,000 associates serving more than 38 million members, Anthem has a history of commitment to service and corporate social responsibility. “We worked side by side with Anthem volunteers to make a real impact in our Volunteer Days communities,” says Lions Clubs International President Dr. Jitsuhiro Yamada of Japan. “This event is a great example of what can be achieved when partners work together to strengthen their local communities.” Leading up to the October service, Lions clubs worked with local Anthem offices to identify needs specific to their communities and develop appropriate service projects. As part of the partnership, Anthem Foundation donated $250,000 to Lions Clubs International Foundation to support its humanitarian work. “As one of the nation’s leading health benefits companies, Anthem and its associates are committed to supporting initiatives that improve the health of our communities,” says Katie Heenan, manager of the Anthem Foundation & Social Responsibility and Volunteer Programs. “We’re proud to have joined forces with Lions Clubs International Foundation and enjoyed volunteering alongside the hard-working Lions to help the communities we all call home.” The event was deemed a great success. Lions and Anthem volunteers in more than 15 cities tackled projects ranging from park cleanups to diabetes screenings and tree plantings. More than 2,300 Anthem volunteers and their family members registered to participate in Volunteer Days projects with more than 30 separate Lions clubs in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Missouri, New York and Virginia. Anthem volunteers and their families worked with Lions in Norfolk, Virginia, to collect and catalog trash and debris littering beaches. Lions will work with other local groups to measure pollution levels and create strategies to prevent similar pollution. Other clubs that participated in Volunteer Days: Bon Air-Manchester-Midlothian, Virginia; Brooklyn Downtown, New York; Centerville, Ohio; Cincinnati Host, Ohio; Columbus, Georgia; Corona, New York; Decatur North Decatur, Georgia; Denver Five Points, Colorado; District 26 M2 Lions clubs, Missouri; Englewood, Colorado; Golden, Colorado; Greater West Valley, California; Holland Patent, New York; Indianapolis Washington Township; Indiana; Los Angeles Synergy, California; Louisville East, Kentucky; Lutz Land O Lakes-LLLL, Florida; Maplewood, Missouri; Meriden, Connecticut; New York West Side, New York; Newport News Host, Virginia; Norfolk Little Creek, Virginia; Norfolk Ocean View, Virginia; Norwalk, California; Pike Township, Indiana; Plant City, Florida; Richmond Hill-South Ozone Park, New York; Southport, Indiana; Speedway, Indiana; Tappahannock, Virginia; Virginia Beach Princess Anne, Virginia; Virginia Beach Thalia, Virginia; and Virginia Beach Town Center-Blind, Virginia.
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