Award-winning actress Judy Reyes (Scrubs, Devious Maids) and more than 50 UnitedHealthcare employees are participating today in a volunteer project at Evas Village. Volunteers will prepare and serve meals for the areas homeless who rely on the centers Community Kitchen, and will help with interior and landscape beautification projects at the facility.
Joining Reyes and UnitedHealthcare employees are La Golda creator George Valencia (27 Wolves), actress Florencia Lozano and other members of the La Golda creative team. La Golda is a bilingual (English/Spanish) cartoon starring an eight-year-old girl who has been shuffled around from one orphanage to another. Through her love of soccer La Golda recruits other international orphans and, as teammates, they overcome their unique circumstances to build a better world for kids. La Golda, the series, is currently in development.
Evas Village is a social service organization that helps people in Paterson who are hungry, homeless and addicted. The La Golda creative team and UnitedHealthcare employees are working together to help Evas Village as part of the world premiere of La Golda in New York City this evening. UnitedHealthcare is the presenting sponsor for both the volunteer project and the La Golda premiere.
Each day we have over 350 clients coming to our Community Kitchen for a warm meal, said Marie Reger, executive director at Evas Village. It is through the support from organizations like UnitedHealthcare and their volunteers that we are able to help people in need.
UnitedHealthcare is grateful for the opportunity to support Evas Village and the work its doing to serve the most vulnerable in our community, said Michael McGuire, CEO of UnitedHealthcare of New Jersey. This volunteer activity and our partnership with the La Golda creative team are helping to build a healthier community.
The mission of La Golda is to encourage youth to care for others and take action. By partnering with UnitedHealthcare and volunteering at Evas Village, were living this mission, said Valencia. We are proud to partner with UnitedHealthcare to bring the vision of La Golda and to pay it forward in the community where I grew up.
This project is the latest in UnitedHealthcares Do Good. Live Well. employee volunteer initiative, whose mission is to prevent hunger and obesity, inspire service and encourage volunteerism. For more information about the benefits of volunteering and to find local opportunities to get involved, visit www.DoGoodLiveWell.org. Follow @DoGoodLiveWell on Twitter or like Do Good. Live Well. on Facebook.
About Evas Village
Evas Village (www.evasvillage.org), originally a New Jersey soup kitchen, was founded in 1982 by Msgr. Vincent E. Puma in response to the increasing incidence of homelessness in his Paterson, N.J. parish. But Msgr. Puma soon realized that a soup kitchen was not enough. With the generous support of thousands of donors and private and government grants, Eva’s has grown into the most respected anti-poverty program in New Jersey. Their mission is to feed the hungry, shelter the homeless, treat the addicted and provide medical and dental care to the poor with respect for the human dignity of each individual.
About La Golda
La Golda is about an eight-year-old girl who has been shuffled around from one orphanage to another but yet has an amazing and positive outlook on life. Through her love of soccer, or futbol, La Golda recruits other international orphans, and together as teammates, they overcome their unique circumstances to build a better world for kids. Produced in both English and Spanish, the animation hopes to appeal to multicultural audiences. Creator George Valencia notes that, La Golda was inspired by my daughter and our visits to orphanages in Latin America. The project successfully received support through its viral Kickstarter campaign held late 2013 by reaching people who wanted to see it come to life.
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people nationwide live healthier lives by simplifying the health care experience, meeting consumer health and wellness needs, and sustaining trusted relationships with care providers. The company offers the full spectrum of health benefit programs for individuals, employers and Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, and contracts directly with more than 800,000 physicians and care professionals, and 6,000 hospitals and other care facilities nationwide. Globally, UnitedHealthcare serves more than 45 million people in health benefits and is one of the businesses of UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH), a diversified Fortune 50 health and well-being company.