Foundation Communities Inc. Named as Winner of Humana Communities Benefit $100,000 Award in Austin


Foundation Communities Inc. Named as Winner of Humana Communities Benefit $100,000 Award in Austin

Grant winner will fund an onsite fitness course for low-income families of the St. Elmo Project

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Foundation Communities Inc. has been awarded a $100,000 grant as the winner of this year's Humana Communities Benefit program in Austin. The grant is funded by the Humana Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc. (NYS: HUM) .

Founded in 1989, Foundation Communities is a nationally-recognized nonprofit organization that provides supportive housing to low- and moderate-income families. The organization offers onsite learning center programs that help youth and adults increase their education and economic standing.

With the $100,000 grant, Foundation Communities will fund the Fitness Camino to provide an onsite, user-friendly fitness course for the 347 low-income families of the St. Elmo Project, which includes the Sierra Ridge and Sierra Vista apartment complexes in Austin. The Fitness Camino will include a measured walking/jogging course that encompasses both properties, a HealthBeat outdoor fitness system, benches for resting, stations for youth engagement and hydration stations.

Foundation Communities had previously recognized the need for family fitness and education programs to improve the health of its residents. Nutrition and exercise classes are offered, but the Fitness Camino is the next step in health programming.

"The Humana Communities Benefit program is focused on providing grants to nonprofit organizations that promote health and well-being in the local community," said Linda Hummel, President of Humana's Employer Group Segment in Texas. "The Fitness Camino will offer a familiar and safe environment for families to exercise, day or night, and have an impact on a population that has been severely affected by obesity and chronic health issues. Humana and the Humana Foundation are thrilled to help Foundation Communities with this community fitness resource."

In its second year in Austin, the Humana Communities Benefit program, funded by the Humana Foundation, gives 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations in Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Travis and Williamson counties the opportunity to receive a one-time gift of $100,000 to create new programs or enhance ongoing activities that have a positive transformational impact on the organization and the community. The grant enables the nonprofit to reach new milestones in its effort to improve health and well-being experiences or build healthy communities. Nationwide, this year marks the tenth anniversary of the Humana Communities Benefit program which is now active in eight cities across the country.

A panel of local judges - comprised of community leaders and business representatives - worked with Humana to select the $100,000 grant winner. Finalists made formal presentations before the panel. Local judges who assisted in this year's decision include: Robert Spurck, Jr. of Austin Diagnostic Clinic, John Henry McDonald of Austin Asset Management, Carlos Rivera of the City of Austin, Rob Kukla of the Employee Retirement System of Texas, Randy Cohen of Ticket City, Rudi Andrus of Mainspring Schools, Virginia Potter of the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, James Russell of Runtex Foundation, M. Patrick Buchta of KVUE-TV, Donnell Ocker Roy of the McCombs Business School, University of Texas, Curtis Page of Higginbotham, Roderick Smothers of Huston-Tillotson University and Lisa Trahan, St. David's Foundation.

This year's winner was announced at a celebratory dinner Tuesday, Oct. 23 at the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center.

For more information on the Humana Communities Benefit program in Austin, visit

About The Humana Foundation

The Humana Foundation was established in 1981 as the philanthropic arm of Humana Inc., one of the nation's leading health care companies. Located in Louisville, Ky., the site of Humana's corporate headquarters, the Foundation's mission is to promote healthy lives and healthy communities. The Foundation's key funding priorities are childhood health, intergenerational health, and active lifestyles. For more information, visit

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Humana Inc., headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is a leading health care company that offers a wide range of insurance products and health and wellness services that incorporate an integrated approach to lifelong well-being. By leveraging the strengths of its core businesses, Humana believes it can better explore opportunities for existing and emerging adjacencies in health care that can further enhance wellness opportunities for the millions of people across the nation with whom the company has relationships.

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