April 1, 2021, CHICAGO, IL – To help ease the ongoing needs of Illinoisans created by the COVID-19 pandemic, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) has awarded Mercy Home for Boys & Girls a $20,000 grant as part of BCBSIL’s latest round of giving aimed at helping the helpers.
“We are deeply grateful to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois for ways they have supported our young people and families for many years,” said Mercy Home President & CEO Fr. Scott Donahue. “This grant will help our children and families hardest hit by the economic fallout of the pandemic with much-needed nourishment. Like so many of our friends throughout the business community, Blue Cross and Blue Shield is really stepping up at a critical time for those in our care.”
BCBSIL selected 175 organizations across Illinois with missions focused on access to care, hunger, shelter and behavioral health care, and COVID-19 health education and vaccine access to receive $20,000 grants as part of its COVID-19 Community Collaboration Fund.
“A year into the pandemic and the health, economic and social impacts around Illinois are still great,” said Harmony Harrington, vice-president government and community relations for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois. “We’re proud to be able to help so many organizations increase their capacity to help more people receive the help they need.”
About Mercy Home for Boys & Girls
Mercy Home for Boys & Girls has been a solution for kids in crisis since 1887. Through its residential and community-based programs, Mercy Home offers a safe home, emotional healing, education, and life-changing opportunities for more than 1,400 young people and members of their families every year.
About Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) is committed to expanding access to quality, cost-effective health care to as many people as possible in Illinois. BCBSIL is dedicated to innovation and exploring, nurturing and activating future possibilities to make the health care system work better for our members and our communities.