Impact of Funds Raised Is Already Felt in Communities Affected by Hurricane Maria
San Juan, Puerto Rico – (Nov. 20, 2017) — MCS Foundation, a non-profit entity created by Medical Card System, Inc. (MCS), has reached the $500,000 fundraising goal of its Green for Puerto Rico campaign, with that amount to be matched by MCS for a total of $1 million to help those affected by Hurricane María.
However, recognizing that Puerto Rico still has far to go in its recovery, MCS has announced that it will extend its match by an additional $250,000, bringing the potential of the campaign to $1.5 million. Funds donated will continue to go toward hurricane-related projects, with the MCS match allocated to longer term initiatives.
“By already reaching its initial goal, the Foundation has accomplished a great deal in the short time since they announced the Green for Puerto Rico campaign. We are pleased to extend our matching funds by an additional $250,000,” said Jim O’Drobinak, CEO of MCS. “We are appreciative of the many relationships we have established in our long history in Puerto Rico and believe it is our responsibility to give back at this critical time.”
MCS Foundation Executive Director Liana Marante O’Drobinak spoke of her gratitude to those who have supported the campaign. “We are so grateful to the hundreds of individuals and corporations, including MCS employees, providers and corporations, who helped us achieve our initial goal so quickly,” she said. “We are very excited that MCS has extended its match, because there is so much work to do in Puerto Rico and a consensus that our recovery will take a long time.”
MCS Foundation has already begun to assign funds to provide immediate help, impacting organizations such as Acción Social de Puerto Rico, Boys & Girls Club of Puerto Rico and Caras de las Américas, whose Connect Relief initiative serves as a virtual platform from which Hurricane María victims are connected to donors, volunteers and other relief efforts by accessingwww.connectrelief.com.
“The investment the MCS Foundation made in our website came at a critical time,” said Michael Fernández, founder of Connect Relief. “It has allowed us to improve the timeliness and accuracy of information being used every day by volunteers and communities to connect supplies and materials with needs.”
To make a contribution to the Green for Puerto Rico campaign as it seeks to reach its new goal, log on to www.greenforpuertorico.org.
About MCS Foundation
MCS Foundation is a non-profit organization created by Medical Card System, Inc. (MCS) to promote positive and lasting changes in society. Through collaborative efforts with various non-profit entities, MCS Foundation seeks to help improve the quality of life for thousands of individuals, while supporting collective development through initiatives that encourage education, health, culture and fitness. Over the last seven years, MCS has donated more than $4 million to worthwhile charitable causes across Puerto Rico. In addition to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Puerto Rico, previous recipients of MCS grants have included Caras Las Américas, Instituto Psicopedagógico de Puerto Rico, Instituto Nueva Escuela and Jóvenes de Puerto Rico en Riesgo, among others. www.mcsfoundationpr.org; Twitter: @MCSHealthCares
For 35 years, Medical Card System, Inc. (MCS) has been one of Puerto Rico’s leading healthcare companies. Since its founding, MCS has established a solid reputation in the market for providing excellent quality services and competitive products. MCS Advantage, Inc., through its MCS Classicare products, offers an extensive variety of Medicare Advantage coverage aimed at promoting quality of life and wellness to Puerto Rico’s Medicare population. MCS Life Insurance Co. offers a wide array of commercial health plans for groups and individuals, as well as group life insurance, and MCS General Insurance Agency, Inc. (GIA) offers alternatives in individual cancer insurance, life, final expenses and individual health policies, among other ancillary coverages. www.mcs.com.pr/en/Twitter: @MCSPuertoRico