A culture of Charitable Giving

You’ll find Health New England around every corner and on your side! We support large organizations and small. We partner with social service agencies, food pantries, health and wellness programs, schools and senior centers. We help organizations raise needed funds, and we honor those who lead the way to improvements and innovations in the course of their work and their lives. Our list of sponsored events, programs and organizations is lengthy, and our beneficiaries are diverse.

Our charitable giving efforts are focused primarily in three areas: volunteerism, community benefits and sponsorships. Through these efforts, we touch the lives of thousands of people that reside within the communities we serve.

The following is one recent example of how Health New England keeps our commitment to improving the health and lives of people in our community.

We granted funds to support the Puerto Rican evacuees settling in and around Springfield and Holyoke in western Massachusetts following Hurricane Maria. The incoming population of hurricane evacuees included at-risk children, school students and adults. Special consideration was given to two organizations serving the needs of these Puerto Rican evacuees by offering low-income family services, basic needs, and access to food, housing and health care.

Our Community Benefits program provided grants to the following two organizations:

  • The newly formed Welcome Centers at New North Citizen’s Council in Springfield and at Enlace de Familias in Holyoke, providing access to basic needs services for incoming Puerto Rican families
  • The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, supporting the new Welcome Centers with access to food, and supporting the School Backpack Programs in Springfield and Holyoke Public Schools

How Health New England Gives Back to the Community


Volunteerism

Through their skills, ingenuity, financial support and dedication, Health New England associates have answered the call to serve, giving back in meaningful ways that help those in need and improve our communities. There are several ways to volunteer at Health New England:

  • Signature programs: in support of Health New England corporate initiatives include participating in the Baystate Health Foundation Rays of Hope Walk and Run towards a Cure, Hot Chocolate Run for Safe Passage, the American Heart Association Pioneer Valley Heart Walk and Go Red for Women, Friends of the Homeless, and United Way of Pioneer Valley Day of Caring.
  • Community programs: smaller, community-focused events, that align with a social or environmental issue in a community. Clothing drives for Dress for Success and Open Gyms, food drives for area food pantries, or participation in cultural parades are examples of this type of effort.
  • Employee choice: volunteer opportunities focus on causes that matter to our associates. Health New England associates volunteer their time and offer their talent to a number of organizations make a positive contribution to their communities. Our associates serve on nonprofit organizational boards and committees and participate in local government and charitable organizations that are most meaningful to them.

Community Benefits 

The Health New England Community Benefits mission is to promote community wellness for underserved and vulnerable populations, improving health equity for all people living in our community. We are committed to meet the needs of our community by addressing the health priorities, social and economic determinants of health, served through the combined efforts of Baystate Health, community organizations, affiliated providers and community partners.

We extend the traditional definition of health to include food security, economic opportunity, affordable housing, quality education, safe neighborhoods, arts/culture, and racism- and homophobia-free communities, all elements that are needed for individuals, families and communities to thrive.

Health New England will invest the time, talent and resources to continue the following efforts:

  1. Focus on infant, child and family prevention programs that increase access to health and wellness
  2. Act as a resource to our communities for health information and wellness programs
  3. Support health improvement programs, focused on at-risk families and children, particularly programs that support food security, physical activity, behavioral health/mental health and substance use disorder - that demonstrates improvements in community health status
  4. Focus on improvement of root causes of health disparities, including programs that support basic needs, institutional racism, chronic health conditions, secure housing, job trainings, early education and literacy 
  5. Measure improvements in community health status that result from our efforts


Funding restrictions

We do not fund:
  • Direct delivery of reimbursable health care services
  • Grants to individuals
  • Private foundations, endowment campaigns or capital campaigns
  • Programs operated by religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Schools and school sports teams, athletic programs
  • Tours, travel and related expenses
  • Organizations whose practices are not in keeping with our company’s equal opportunity policy
  • Political causes or events
  • Operational expenses or financial deficits
  • Funding for clinical research
  • Projects that do not benefit Massachusetts residents
  • Organizations that are not tax exempt under IRS section 501c3

To make funding request for support, your program will need to align with our health priorities and able to demonstrate a measurable outcome. Please use our online Request Form and select "Community Benefit Giving" to make your submission. 

Community Benefits funds are rewarded for one year and typically are funded up to $5,000.  

We require that all funding requests be made using our online Request Form, and we no longer accept funding requests sent to us by mail, email or fax.

Sponsorships

We are proud of our long-time philanthropic efforts that benefit the community through sponsorship of events and activities in support of community programs offered in the neighborhoods served by Health New England. Through our Sponsorship programs, we support many local Chambers of Commerce and Rotary Club events, and we're a key supporter of the Bay Path University Women’s Conference, and many more high quality organizations that strive to enhance the quality of life for people living, working and playing throughout the region. 


Funding restrictions

We do not fund:
  • Direct delivery of reimbursable health care services
  • Grants to individuals
  • Private foundations, endowment campaigns or capital campaigns
  • Programs operated by religious organizations for religious purposes
  • Schools and school sports teams, athletic programs
  • Tours, travel and related expenses
  • Organizations whose practices are not in keeping with our company’s equal opportunity policy
  • Political causes or events
  • Operational expenses or financial deficits
  • Funding for clinical research
  • Projects that do not benefit Massachusetts residents
  • Organizations that are not tax exempt under IRS section 501c3


To make a request for support of an one-time event or activity, please use our online Request Form and select "Sponsorship".

Sponsorships are typically funded up to $2,500.

We require that all funding requests be made using our online Request Form, and we no longer accept funding requests sent to us by mail, email or fax.

We require that all funding requests be made using our online Request Form, and we no longer accept funding requests sent to us by mail, email or fax. If you have questions related to our Community Relations or Sponsorships, please contact sponsorships@hne.com.