LEWISTON, ID - Regence BlueShield of Idaho has chosen Community Action Partnership (CAP) as a Community Partner Organization for 2014.  CAP will receive $100,000 in funding support to equip families and local children of Orchards Elementary School in Lewiston to reach their full potential.

Regence community partner organizations receive comprehensive assistance through financial grants, event support, board member involvement, featured placement in an annual employee giving campaign and employee volunteer support. This integrated assistance means Regence delivers more than dollars; they leave community partner organizations in a stronger position to continue fulfilling their missions for the future.

“Regence is committed to supporting local nonprofits like Community Action Partnership, who share our vision of building stronger, safer and healthier communities. We are proud to collaborate with CAP to help them serve families in Idaho with services and resources designed to help them build a brighter and more financially stable future for their children,” said Scott Kreiling, president of Regence BlueShield of Idaho.

“We are so excited about this contribution from Regence.  The support will allow us to build an innovative two-generation approach to ending poverty in coordination with Orchards Elementary School.  Because successes garnered from this model can be replicated in communities across CAP’s service area, it will be a game changer for CAP in our work to inspire and equip people in our communities to end poverty.  We’re proud and thankful to be a Regence Community Partner Organization for 2014,” said Lisa Stoddard, executive director of Community Action Partnership.

Components of the project will build on Orchard Elementary’s “Leader in Me” initiative and include:

  • Courses in Stephen Covey’s, “7 Habits for Highly Effective Families” for Orchards families,
  • A summer Kindergarten Boot Camp to prepare incoming kindergartners for school,
  • Bridges Out of Poverty Training Seminar and “Cost of Poverty Experience” poverty simulation for Orchards faculty and staff, and
  • “Leadership Day” on Tuesday, May 13, inviting the entire community to see the transformational work that is taking place at Orchards Elementary.

CAP will work closely with participating families to help them set and obtain goals.  From providing resources to meet basic needs like nutrition and transportation to job retention courses, income management lessons and savings education.  Additionally, local CAP staff and community volunteers will provide friendship, encouragement, and connections for families as they work on achieving long-term goals and a brighter future for themselves.

About Community Action Partnership

Community Action Partnership’s mission is to be a catalyst for building relationships that inspire and equip people to end poverty in our community.  CAP serves Idaho’s 10 northernmost counties and also Asotin County, Wash.  CAP leads quality projects like the Future Story Initiative (formerly known as Circles®), Area Agency on Aging, Community Outreach, Energy Assistance, Housing, Nutrition Services and Weatherization. CAP is a leader for a regional collaboration called, “The Pipeline to End Poverty.”  For more information about Community Action Partnership, visit our website at www.cap4action.org or contact us at 208-746-3351 or info@cap4action.org.

About Regence BlueShield of Idaho

Regence BlueShield of Idaho is a leading health plan in Idaho, offering health, life and dental insurance. Regence is the largest health insurer in the Northwest / Intermountain Region, serving more than two million members as Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon, Regence BlueShield of Idaho, Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Utah and Regence BlueShield (selected counties in Washington). Each plan is a nonprofit independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association and a subsidiary of Cambia Health Solutions. Regence is committed to improving the health of our members and our communities, and to transforming our health care system. For more information, please visit www.regence.com.