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CVS grant helps Augie help others

December  16, 2011

Student interns in The Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing work with a child.

Augustana College received a $1,500 CVS Caremark Community Grant to support pediatric services at The Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing. The center’s mission is closely aligned with CVS Caremark All Kids Can, the company’s signature philanthropic program focused on supporting children with disabilities.

The Center is Augustana’s on-campus internship site for undergraduate students majoring in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Faculty and student interns provide assessment and intervention services to people with a variety of speech, language, and hearing disorders.

“The grant from CVS Caremark will help families defray the cost of services at our center,” said Dr. Allison Haskill, associate professor of communication science and disorders at Augustana. “These grant funds will allow the center’s faculty and student interns to better serve clients who need intervention but do not have the ability to pay for services.”

Karen Ramos, senior manager of community relations at CVS Caremark Corporation, said, “We are committed to making a positive impact in the communities where we live and work, and the CVS Caremark Community grants program does just that by supporting organizations that truly make a difference in the lives of children and families.”

Ramos continued, “We are proud to support the work that the Center for Speech, Language, and Hearing at Augustana College does in the community, and we look forward to working with them in the year ahead.”

Augustana College was selected to receive a grant through the CVS Caremark Community Grants 2011 grant application process. Grants were awarded to organizations that share a common vision with CVS Caremark’s All Kids Can program, which strives to help children with and without disabilities to build self-esteem, lasting friendships and social skills, and to help children without disabilities learn diversity and tolerance.

“CVS Caremark is committed to helping children with disabilities learn, play and succeed in life,” said Dennis Palmer, Senior Vice President, CVS Caremark. “Through this grant, we are able to help make an impact on the lives of children in Rock Island and the Quad Cities community.”

Keri Rursch
Director of Public Relations
(309) 794-7721
kerirursch@augustana.edu