Horizon Foundation and Horizon BCBSNJ employees support disaster relief to Puerto Rico to help victims of Hurricane Maria

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, the charitable arm of Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (Horizon BCBSNJ), will provide $100,000 in direct grants and a special matching gifts program to help the people of Puerto Rico recover from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria.

The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is pledging $100,000 in support of the relief and recovery efforts, making two direct grants of $37,500 each to the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army for a total of $75,000. The remaining $25,000 will come through a special employee matching gifts program in which it will pledge $2 of support for every $1 donated by Horizon BCBSNJ employees to any of these four non-profit relief organizations:

  • American Red Cross
  • The Salvation Army
  • Unidos por Puerto Rico at the Puerto Rico Community Foundation (established by Beatriz Rossello, the first lady of Puerto Rico, to enlist private sector help for those affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria)
  • ConPRmetidos (an independent, non-partisan, non-profit economic empowerment organization, partnering with the Foundation for Puerto Rico, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing Puerto Rico’s social and economic potential)

"The people of Puerto Rico are suffering in the midst of a humanitarian crisis brought on by the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria," said Robert A. Marino, Horizon BCBSNJ Chairman and CEO and Chairman of The Horizon Foundation Board of Directors. "Even with a large scale relief effort, it will take months and in many cases, years for Puerto Rico to recover from this catastrophic storm, and Horizon is committed to doing what we can to help."

This is the third package of hurricane relief pledged in recent weeks by Horizon and is structured similarly to what has been authorized by The Horizon Foundation to assist the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, bringing the total committed for the three hurricanes to $300,000.

About Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey, the state's oldest and largest health insurer is a tax-paying, not-for-profit health service corporation, providing a wide array of medical, dental, vision and prescription insurance products and services. Horizon BCBSNJ is leading the transformation of health care in New Jersey by working with doctors and hospitals to deliver innovative, patient-centered programs that reward the quality, not quantity, of care patients receive. Learn more at HorizonBlue.com. Horizon BCBSNJ is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association serving more than 3.8 million members.

About the Foundation:
The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey is committed to working alongside those who can help us improve our neighbors’ health, inform their health decisions and inspire them to lead healthier, more fulfilling lives. The Foundation’s funding pillars are Caring, Connecting and Creating. Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey is the sole member of The Horizon Foundation for New Jersey, both of which are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. For more information please visit Community.Horizonblue.com

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Published on: October 2, 2017, 11:07 AM ET
Last updated on: October 2, 2017, 11:38 AM ET