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CVS awards $5.5 million in annual grants

BY Antoinette Alexander

WOONSOCKET, R.I. CVS Caremark’s private foundation, The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust, has awarded about $5.5 million in grant funds to nonprofit organizations nationwide through its annual grants program, the pharmacy retailer announced on Tuesday.

A total of 39 grants went to nonprofit organizations across 14 states and Washington, D.C. in late December. These donations align with the company’s All Kids Can and this signature program’s goal of making life easier for children with disabilities and their families. Launched in 2006, CVS Caremark All Kids Can committed $25 million, as well as employee volunteer hours, over five years.

“Given the right resources and support, every child, regardless of ability, can achieve his or her full potential,” stated Eileen Howard Dunn, vice president of CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. “That’s why CVS Caremark Trust is committed to supporting nonprofit organizations that provide innovative programs and services focused on helping children with disabilities and their families.”

Since 2001, the Trust has awarded grants totaling more than $21.5 million to more than 325 organizations. During that time, the Trust has also provided more than $4.5 million in grants to support pharmacy schools and pharmacy scholarships around the country. In addition, it provides ongoing support to the CVS Caremark Scholarship Program for children of CVS Caremark associates and to the CVS Caremark Volunteer Challenge Grant Program, which donates funds to community organizations for which CVS Caremark associates volunteer.

The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust will be accepting applications for 2008 grants between May 1 and June 15. For more information visit http://www.cvs.com/corpInfo/community/charitable_mission.html.

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Rite Aid names new svp of human resources

BY Michael Johnsen

CAMP HILL, Pa. Rite Aid on Monday promoted Steve Parsons to senior vice president of human resources.

“We’re fortunate Steve decided to join Rite Aid when we acquired Brooks/Eckerd because he has been invaluable in helping us combine the two companies,” stated Mary Sammons, Rite Aid president, chairman and chief executive officer. “His wide-ranging experience in all aspects of human resources has been a big benefit to Rite Aid, and we have been impressed by all he’s accomplished in such a short time. We look forward to what he can bring to our company with these additional responsibilities.”

Parsons previously had been group vice president. Parsons initially joined Rite Aid in June 2007 with the company’s acquisition of the Brooks/Eckerd drug store chain. As the former senior vice president of human resources for Brooks/Eckerd, he has played a key role in integrating more than 1,800 acquired stores and 45,000 new associates into Rite Aid, the company announced.

In his new position, Parsons, 43, will be responsible for all aspects of human resources, including compensation and benefits, training, recruitment, talent management, leadership development, labor relations, customer satisfaction initiatives, diversity programs and change management. Rite Aid currently has more than 115,000 associates.

Parsons will report directly to Sammons. He succeeds Todd McCarty, who is leaving the company to take another position.

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Spartan Stores launches Habitat fundraising campaign

BY Michael Johnsen

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. Spartan Stores recently launched a statewide Habitat for Humanity campaign with the goal of raising $100,000 in February to support “The House That Spartan Built,” as well as Habitat chapters in the state where Spartan operates stores, progressivegrocer.com reported Friday.

The chain will be asking customers to donate in increments of $1, $5 or $10 at checkout, where they will be able to write their names on scan cards that will be displayed throughout each individual store.

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