PROVIDENCE, R.I. \u2014 Tufts Health Plan Foundation announced recently it is making an additional $1 million available to efforts driven by community and to nonprofit organizations supporting older people affected by the coronavirus outbreak in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut.\n\nTufts Health Plan Foundation will continue to support healthy aging by funding organizations assisting with access to food, at-home support, housing, transportation, medical supplies and other services, especially for older people and those most vulnerable.\u00a0 Those with underlying health conditions and people over 60 have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. It is especially important to ensure resources are available to provide these supports and services.\n\n\u201cWe are grateful to the local, state and federal public health agencies, first responders, and the many community organizations who are stepping up to respond to this challenge,\u201d said\u00a0Tom Croswell, president and CEO of Tufts Health Plan. \u201cWe hope this funding will provide local organizations flexibility in their operations to respond to pressing and emerging needs in the communities they support.\u201d\n\nThe Foundation will work with leaders from community, government and other key stakeholders across the region to coordinate distribution of the funding. Funds will go to Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New Hampshire and Connecticut organizations working to address the current crisis. Efforts must demonstrate coordination, collaboration and focus on addressing disparities.\n\nOn Tuesday, the Foundation joined the effort of the Rhode Island Foundation and the United Way of Rhode Island, contributing $50,000 to the COVID-19 Response Fund (the first contribution of more to come by the Foundation to this Response Fund).\n\n"This is the time to coordinate resources and response, and we are grateful for this contribution from Tufts Health Plan Foundation,\u201d said\u00a0Neil D. Steinberg, president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation. \u201cWe are experiencing an unpredictable, rapidly changing public health emergency - one that is having immediate impact on the community we care so deeply about, and that will likely have lasting, consequential effects. It is humbling to see the community come together to support our most vulnerable.\u201d\n\nTufts Health Plan Foundation also will provide current grantees the flexibility to adjust their budgets to support new work related to COVID-19. In addition, donations made by Tufts Health Plan employees to nonprofit organizations responding to COVID-19 are eligible for a two-for-one match, effectively tripling their donations. This double match will allow employees to give to where they see the biggest needs in their communities.\n\n\u201cWe\u2019re grateful to our board for their swift action,\u201d said\u00a0Nora Moreno Cargie, president of Tufts Health Plan Foundation and vice president for corporate citizenship at Tufts Health Plan. \u201cIt\u2019s our responsibility to listen to community, to be nimble, relevant and responsive.\u201d\n\nAbout Tufts Health Plan Foundation\nEstablished in 2008, Tufts Health Plan Foundation supports the health and wellness of the diverse communities we serve. The Foundation has given more than $38 million to Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island nonprofits that promote healthy living with an emphasis on older people and will give more than $5 million to community organizations this year.\n\nThe Foundation began funding in New Hampshire in 2016 and in Connecticut in 2019. Tufts Health Plan Foundation funds programs that move communities toward implementing age-friendly policies and practices that are relevant, focus on older people, and include them in community solutions. Visit\u00a0www.tuftshealthplanfoundation.org\u00a0for grant program information and follow us on\u00a0Twitter,\u00a0Facebook\u00a0and\u00a0YouTube.