HELENA – Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana announced a combined S100,000 in grants for two area non-profits.
On Wednesday, the Montana Conservation Corps and Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies program each received $50,000 from the healthcare company.
Montana Conservation Corps – whose goal is to bring youth outdoors, and teach them environmental stewardship – will use the grant to create academic success and increase mental and physical health.
Montana Conservation Corps has plans to reach 266 children through 2018 outdoor training expeditions.
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies helps Montana families with perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies says “Up to 25 percent of mothers and 10-25 percent of fathers will experience depression or anxiety after the birth of a child.”
The organization plans to use their grant to expand services to other Montana towns.
This is the second year both programs have received this grant.
Brie Oliver, executive director for Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies says “We’re really excited to move forward and and we had so many people just waiting to know if we could keep working on this. This is so, means so much, not just for our organization, but for all the communities that we’ve been working with in. Guess it gives me the confidence to continue to go forward.”
Blue Cross Blue Shields ‘Healthy Kids Healthy Families’ grant invests in nonprofits that offer measurable programs for children and their families.
Reporting by Mercedies Pruneda for MTN News