Molina Healthcare employee volunteers supported the Wee Can Academy daycare, which provides care for infants and children up to 12 years of age. The non-profit preschool in Dallas is part of the Texas Can Academies initiative. Its programs are designed to provide opportunities to underprivileged families, many of whom are recipients of Medicaid.
After visiting the school, the Molina Healthcare of Texas community engagement team was inspired to help improve playground conditions that appeared unsafe or outdated. The goal was to make the children’s play area safe and functional. This was accomplished by replacing hazardous wood chips with new blue mulch, adding plants with a vegetable garden, a sitting area, freshening up gardening boxes and providing new tricycles, push cars, hula hoops and more.
The Wee Care Academy was selected by employees as a recipient because it supports local underserved children and families. Giving back to the community is an integral part of Molina Healthcare’s heritage and this effort is part of Molina’s Helping Hands Summer Challenge to employees, who annually receive paid volunteer time off (VTO). Helping Hands is Molina’s employee volunteer program. Molina staff coordinates local, hands-on volunteer opportunities for employees that align with the Company’s mission to help the people it serves.
It took 20 Molina volunteers 240 hours to place two tons of soft mulch, build two music walls, a sand box, plant a vegetable garden, build softball and basketball areas, equip an outdoor play kitchen, outdoor classroom and donate 20 new toys. Feleasha Nelson, child care director for WEE Can Academy, said she was emotional when she noticed one of the students write “The best daycare ever,” on one of the new outdoor white boards after the work was completed.