By Rhonda Mims
When I learned that WellCare has been named a finalist for the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s 2017 Corporate Philanthropy Awards, I was both humbled and thrilled. A relative newcomer to the Tampa area – I got here a little over a year ago – this nomination is a first for me since joining the organization.
WellCare joins a short but impressive list of Tampa Bay Area nominees in the category of employing 500 or more. Nominees are bound by a common thread, a dedication to making our communities better.
Specific to WellCare, we are committed to enhancing the health, well-being, safety and quality of life of our members, their families and the communities in which they live. We inspire our associates to help our members lead better, healthier lives through four signature company-driven initiatives. You can read more about them here.
My own intention to improve things at a community level comes from a deep-down place. I grew up in a household committed to the community. For example, my great-grandfather was a founding member of the NAACP in my home county. And, early in my career, I was a public servant and am extremely proud to have contributed in this capacity to the greater good.
This is why WellCare’s focus on the health and well-being of the people residing in our communities means so much to me. Something as big as health care cannot be tackled alone. There is power in partnerships such as those WellCare enjoys with social services, clinical providers and nonprofit groups. It is through collaborations with groups such as the American Diabetes Association, Big Brothers Big Sisters of America, Feeding America, Habitat for Humanity, Junior Achievement, Tampa-based Metropolitan Ministries, Special Olympics and many more that people are receiving help with leading healthier lives. And, the dedication shown by our associates demonstrated in our WAVE and other programs cannot be overlooked.
It is truly an honor to be nominated for this award, and we look forward to continued service to our members and working with like-minded organizations in our communities.
Want to learn more about WellCare’s Community Service commitment? Click here.
Want to hear more about what makes a community healthy or unhealthy? Watch this video from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (1:24).
Rhonda Mims is WellCare’s senior vice president and chief public affairs officer. The company’s philanthropy, associate volunteerism and corporate social responsibility (CSR) contributions are within her area of oversight, and the WellCare Community Foundation and WellCare Associate Volunteer Efforts (WAVE) programs are vital parts of WellCare’s CSR program. The nonprofit, private Foundation supports communities through the promotion of the health and well-being of medically underserved populations and their communities. WAVE unites associates who are volunteering in WellCare’s local communities to help organizations that offer valuable support to those in need.