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The Highmark Foundation Awards $580,000 in Highmark Healthy High 5 Grants to Four Non-Profit Organizations
Date:10/10/2007

Grants awarded for nutrition, physical activity and grieving programs

PITTSBURGH, Oct. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- The Highmark Foundation recently awarded more than $580,000 in grants to four non-profit organizations through its Highmark Healthy High 5 initiative. The grants will be used for nutrition and physical activity programs in Central and Western Pa., and for a grieving program in Centre, Huntingdon and Mifflin counties.

"Community organizations need support to address serious health issues facing children," said Yvonne Cook, president of the Highmark Foundation. "The Highmark Healthy High 5 initiative can provide needed funding to implement or expand programs to help children live happier, healthier lives."

The following grants were awarded under the Highmark Foundation's Highmark Healthy High 5 initiative:

Tides, Inc. (Centre, Huntingdon and Mifflin Counties)

Tides, Inc. was awarded $226,863 over two years to support the expansion of its grieving program. The grant will allow Tides to serve more children and to expand outreach and education efforts to highlight the program's presence as a resource for professional and community members. The funding will provide grief support to vulnerable children and their families in Centre, Huntingdon and Mifflin counties.

The mission of Tides is to help children, ages 6-18, work through their grief by providing a non-judgmental, nurturing, safe, creative and healing atmosphere where they learn they are not alone in their grief and can express their thoughts, feelings and experiences in a safe environment.

Tides has been working with the Highmark Caring Place since 2005 to implement a policy for referrals, establish procedures for outreach calls and set guidelines to screen and train volunteers. The Highmark Caring Place, A Center for Grieving Children, Adolescents, and Their Families, provides peer support groups, referral services, adult telephone support, and educational progr
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