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Published on September 18, 2017

Cone Health Foundation Celebrates 20 Years, Community Gets the Presents

Cone Health Foundation hosts three events aimed at calling attention to the barriers our neighbors struggle with to improve their health.

Since 1997, Cone Health Foundation has awarded more than $86 million to various organizations sharing its mission of improving the health of the community.

The foundation will mark 20 years of service by providing meals, offering free flu shots and basic health screenings, and even picking up the tab for bus rides.

“The foundation supports community organizations working to improve access to health care, reduce teen pregnancy, care for those with an HIV diagnosis, and support people struggling with substance abuse or mental health problems,” says Cone Health Foundation President Susan Shumaker. “What better way to celebrate that work than by joining some of those organizations in the work they do.”   

The giving begins Monday, Oct. 2, with the building block of good health—food. Cone Health Foundation is underwriting all the food costs for Greensboro Urban Ministry (GUM) for the day.  Foundation board members and staff will provide some of the volunteer labor to serve lunch at Potter’s House, pack grocery bags, sort food and run food orders out to GUM guests.

On Tuesday, Oct. 3, the 20th  anniversary observance moves to First Presbyterian Church of Greensboro’s Hot Dish and Hope program to underwrite all the food costs for the evening meal and, working with Cone Health’s congregational nurses, provide up to 100 flu shots, along with other basic health screenings for individuals in need on site. 

Then on Wednesday, Oct. 4, Cone Health Foundation picks up the tab for rides on all Greensboro Transit Authority buses. All riders have to do is board and go.

“Sound nutrition, basic preventative steps like flu shots and even reliable transportation to and from a doctor’s office play vital roles in the health of our community. These three days of giving reinforce the foundation’s aim for the next 20 years: to keep those at the margins of our community at the center of our work to ensure that everyone has an opportunity to lead a healthy life,” adds Shumaker.

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