Tufts Health Plan Foundation Supports Employee Volunteerism with $5,000 Community Award

Donation Benefits The Footlight Club, Jamaica Plain Community Theater

The Footlight Club

Maria Wardwell, president of The Footlight Club,
accepts the check from Elizabeth Bean,
a program manager at Tufts Health Plan.

WATERTOWN, MA – October 26, 2015 – The Tufts Health Plan Foundation today donated $5,000 to The Footlight Club in Jamaica Plain as part of a newly created Corporate Citizenship campaign that encourages community participation and contributions.

Specifically, employees were asked to volunteer at least eight hours and donate a minimum of $50 to a nonprofit organization of their choice. Those who completed the pledge were entered into a drawing to be eligible to select a nonprofit organization to receive a $5,000 donation from the Foundation. Sixty-nine employees participated; nearly 50 percent completed their pledges, collectively volunteering 440 hours to 23 non-profits and donating $4,124 to organizations.

“I never expected to win, but I was thrilled when I got the call,” said Roslindale resident Elizabeth Bean, a program manager at Tufts Health Plan who has been a volunteer at The Footlight Club since 2008 and currently serves as its Volunteers Director. “We’ve been raising funds for required building updates, such as new seats and a new fire safety and suppression system in Eliot Hall (the theater’s home since the late 1880’s). This donation will help us to move forward with these important projects.”

“We offer programs like this to honor our employees’ commitment to their communities by supporting the organizations they serve,” said Nora Moreno Cargie, president of the Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president, corporate citizenship for Tufts Health Plan.

“Our employees’ generosity is at the heart of our corporate citizenship programs,” said Stacey Mann, enterprise manager, corporate citizenship. “We value the strong relationships our colleagues have in their communities and look for opportunities to deepen those relationships. This campaign is part of our new gift program which matches employees’ donations to nonprofits up to $500 per employee per year and supports both individual and team volunteering.”

America’s oldest community theater, The Footlight Club continues a 140-year tradition of providing top-notch amateur entertainment at affordable prices. The club is run entirely by volunteers, who handle every aspect of the theater’s operations, from greeting guests at the box office to set, lighting, and sound design to managing mailings and administrative duties.

“The Footlight Club has such a great community vibe. Everyone bands together and we have great community connections,” Bean said. “I was invited to join the board while preparing for my first role, and I’ve been here ever since. I’m very grateful to Tufts Health Plan and the Foundation for supporting my passion and this wonderful community.”

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