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07/12/2010 News Release: Inter Valley Health Plan Employees Participate in 2nd Annual Helping Hands


Arika Anderson
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Week-long Initiative will Provide Over 170 Hours of Service to Local Non-Profits

POMONA, Calif., July 12, 2010 – Inter Valley Health Plan is pleased to announce its second annual Helping Hands Week, where over 50 employees will donate more than 170 hours of community service during the week of July 19-23, 2010. The week-long initiative will benefit local non-profits including Inland Valley Hope Partners and the Inland Valley Humane Society as well as offer a crafty opportunity for employees to create hats, scarves, blankets and other helpful items for children on hospice and low-income seniors who are frail or wheelchair/house bound. Inter Valley will also be actively collecting supplies and compiling first aid kits for Earthquake Preparation Kits to be handed out to over 250 low-income seniors during the Great California Shakeout in October 2010.

“This is our second year working with Inter Valley Health Plan on this initiative,” said Wytske Visser, executive director for Inland Valley Hope Partners. “We thank them for being a leader in corporate responsibility, and supporting our efforts and other local non-profits’ causes in the community.”

Inter Valley Health Plan (, a Pomona-based Medicare Advantage Organization, selected the non-profit organizations based on need and employee suggestions. Employees will be volunteering by organizing and stocking food at three of the four Inland Valley Hope Partner food pantry locations, as well as participate in administrative duties to help support the organization’s cause. At the Inland Valley Humane Society volunteers will be trained to play and walk animals and provide some much needed love for the animals waiting to find that perfect home.

New this year to Helping Hands Week, employees will collect and build over 250 all-inclusive earthquake kits complete with items such as small first aid kits, whistles, batteries, water bottles, flashlights, cans of food, duct tape, scissors and more. The kits will be handed out to low-income seniors just in time for the Great California Shakeout in October 2010. It is Inter Valley Health Plan’s hope to educate these seniors about earthquake safety, and most importantly, help them sustain their life in the event of a major earthquake in the area.

“Going into our second year with Helping Hands Week, our employees were very enthusiastic about the opportunity to give back and make a difference,” said Inter Valley Health Plan President and CEO Ronald H. Bolding. “This is an important time for Americans to join forces and support the communities we live and work in. At Inter Valley Health Plan, we are dedicated to corporate responsibility and being an active partner in the communities we serve.”

Helping Hands Week started out as a fun way to give back to the community to recognize Inter Valley Health Plans 30th anniversary in 2009. The week-long initiative included over 50 Inter Valley employees who contributed more than 150 hours to 13 local non-profit organizations. The results externally and internally were so powerful that the organization extended Helping Hands Week into an annual program where employees are recognized for their volunteer efforts. A Helping Hands pin was created for employees showing an outstanding commitment to volunteerism and awarded at employee celebrations.

Each year, Inter Valley Health Plan supports over 40 significant charities and non-profit organizations through volunteering and contributions. For more information on the Inter Valley Health Plan, please visit or call (909) 623-6333.

About Inter Valley Health Plan
Inter Valley Health Plan is a non-profit, federally qualified, Medicare Advantage health plan contracted with Medicare and dedicated to providing the best value in senior health coverage . Inter Valley Health Plan strives to improve the quality of life for seniors throughout its service area and is one of the oldest managed care plans in Southern California with nearly 30 years in business. Entrusted by 14,500 individuals stretching from Pomona and Palm Springs to Riverside, Hemet, Victorville, Temecula, and virtually every city and town in between, Inter Valley Health Plan is dedicated to keeping its members healthy and strong, while maintaining non-profit and real service values. For more information, please visit or call Cyndie O’Brien, VP Marketing & Communications (909) 623-6333. Also, please become a fan of us on Facebook at

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