Community volunteers attending the luncheon included (from left) Julie Yoon, Catherine Hutchinson, Andrea Davis and Funmi Adetunji.

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  • Supporting a community health and wellness program that helps to meet the medical needs of the senior Asian population in the area.
  • Working with members of MANNA to ensure that people battling life-threatening illnesses receive nutritional meals.
  • Developing a free clinic for the homeless in Upper Darby communities.

These are just a few of the many diverse and caring ways Penn Medicine helps the underserved in our communities. At the annual Penn Medicine CAREs luncheon, which recognizes grant recipients from throughout the Health System for the past fiscal year, CEO Ralph Muller said, “This is about celebrating all you do and the power of these individual initiatives.”

SAMs Community Garden is one of the many programs the CAREs grant program helps support.

The Penn Medicine CAREs grants help physicians, staff and students give back to communities throughout the region – from Philadelphia to Lancaster and Chester Counties to the suburbs and shore communities of Southern Jersey. This year, 55 CAREs grants were awarded, bringing the total number of recipients to more than 250 since the program started in 2011. Grant funding has reached nearly $350,000!

“What sets us apart are the people in Penn Medicine who go above and beyond,” said Regina Mingle, the chief HR officer for the Health System. “You care for others in performing your jobs but then you take that care and volunteer in the community, adding another dimension. This is the cornerstone of our mission.”