WASHINGTON — AIDS United has been selected by Walgreens as its charity of choice to receive a $25,000 donation from UnitedHealthcare.
Walgreens recently received the third annual UnitedHealthcare “Shining Light: Leadership in Corporate Social Responsibility” award for excellence in social responsibility. The award honors one UnitedHealthcare customer for its excellence in social responsibility, and includes $25,000 to be donated to a recipient’s charity of choice.
Walgreens was recognized for its outstanding HIV Centers of Excellence program, which provides community-based support to people living with HIV/AIDS by creating more than 700 HIV-specialized pharmacies that create vital links among patients, care providers, communities and health departments across the United States and Puerto Rico.
Since 2011, Walgreens has been a regular funding partner of AIDS United’s Social Innovation Fund-supported Access to Care (A2C Initiative).
“Walgreens has supported people living with HIV/AIDS since the beginning of the epidemic more than 30 years ago,” said Glen Pietrandoni, senior manager for HIV/AIDS and hepatitis at Walgreens. “As our HIV Centers of Excellence locations continue to offer a new level of support and health and wellness guidance, we are proud to collaborate with AIDS United to help make a meaningful impact on prevention, treatment and the end of AIDS.”
“Walgreens has long demonstrated its commitment to improving the lives of people living with and affected by HIV/AIDS in the United States,” said AIDS United President and CEO Michael Kaplan. “AIDS United is honored to be named as Walgreens charity of choice as part of its Shining Light Award, and is grateful for its ongoing support in creating an AIDS-free generation.”
About AIDS United
Born out of the merger of the National AIDS Fund and AIDS Action in late 2010, AIDS United’s mission is to end the AIDS epidemic in the United States. AIDS United combines strategic grantmaking and capacity-building with national advocacy and regional organizing to ensure access to life-saving HIV/AIDS care and prevention services and to advance sound HIV/AIDS related policy for U.S. populations and communities most impacted by the epidemic. With a budget of over $15 million, AIDS United provided more than $7 million in grants last year supporting more than 400 AIDS organizations across the United States.