MILWAUKEE, June 27, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its efforts to strengthen the community where its 5,000 employees live and work, Northwestern Mutual, through its Foundation, is announcing $640,000 in grants to support southeastern Wisconsin based nonprofit programs that address the greatest, most critical community needs.

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"This is an opportunity for us to help families who are in-need and searching for stability," said John Kordsmeier, president, Northwestern Mutual Foundation.  

Spotlight on Sixteenth Street Community Health Center
One recipient of a Northwestern Mutual grant is the Sixteenth Street Community Health Center. Sixteenth Street provides health services for the underserved regardless of age, culture, language or insurance status. The center is known for its innovative health programs, its advocacy for access to health care and other public health issues.

The grant will help fund health service operations such as family health care, dental care, behavioral health and specialty care.  In 2010, nearly 30,000 people relied on Sixteenth Street for pediatric and adult medical care, women's health services, behavioral health counseling and treatment, chronic disease management, health education and lead poisoning prevention.

"Helping low-income patients become healthy and prosperous is one of our top priorities," said Dr. John Bartkowski, DrPH, president and chief executive officer, Sixteenth Street Community Health Center. "Thanks to the generosity of Northwestern Mutual, our grassroots community health center will continue to make a real difference in the lives of families throughout the Greater Milwaukee area."

Organizations receiving a Northwestern Mutual Foundation grant include:

Organization

Program

AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin

   Medical Clinic

American Red Cross

   Disaster & Client Emergency Assistance

Bread of Healing Clinic

   Medical Clinic

The Gathering

   Breakfast Program

Guest House of Milwaukee

   LEADS Emergency Shelter

Feeding America

   Food Fund

Fondy Food Center

   Fondy WIC Match Program

Hope House of Milwaukee

   Housing Programs

Hunger Task Force

   Farm & Fish Hatchery

IMPACT 211

   IMPACT 211

Milwaukee Rescue Mission

   Emergency Shelter

Pathfinders

   Youth Shelter Services

Salvation Army of Greater Milwaukee

   Emergency Shelter

Elizabeth Ann Seton Dental Clinic

   Dental Clinic

Sixteenth Street Community Health Center

   Medical Clinic

Sojourner Family Peace Center

   Emergency Shelter

St. Aemilian Lakeside

   Youth Shelter Services

Walker's Point Youth & Family Center

   Youth Shelter Services

Waukesha Community Dental

   Dental Clinic

The Women's Center

   Emergency Shelter


About the Northwestern Mutual Foundation
The mission of the Northwestern Mutual Foundation – the largest corporate foundation in the state of Wisconsin – is to build strong, vibrant communities that serve as a legacy to future generations. The Foundation's giving is designed to create an impact on the communities where the company's employees and financial representatives live and work. In fiscal year 2012, the Foundation will contribute $16.7 million to nonprofit organizations across the country.

About Northwestern Mutual
The Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Company – Milwaukee, WI (Northwestern Mutual) – among the "World's Most Admired" life insurance companies in 2012 according to FORTUNE® magazine – has helped clients achieve financial security for more than 155 years. As a mutual company with $1.2 trillion of life insurance protection in force, Northwestern Mutual has no shareholders. The company focuses solely and directly on its clients and seeks to deliver consistent and dependable value to them over time.  Northwestern Mutual and its subsidiaries offer a holistic approach to financial security solutions including: life insurance, long-term care insurance, disability insurance, annuities, investment products, and advisory products and services. Subsidiaries include Northwestern Mutual Investment Services, LLC, broker-dealer, registered investment adviser, member FINRA and SIPC; the Northwestern Mutual Wealth Management Company, limited purpose federal savings bank; and Northwestern Long Term Care Insurance Company; and Russell Investments.

SOURCE Northwestern Mutual