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Philanthropy: Hartford, Principal, New York Life

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Hartford Financial Services Group Inc. is celebrating the 10-year anniversary of its participation in the Reading Buddies program.[@@]

The program pairs Hartford Volunteers with third-grade students from a school near the company’s headquarters. The volunteers and students meet about once a week to read books from the school library.

More than 80 volunteers are participating in the program this year, and the program has reached about 1,000 third-graders over the past 10 years, Hartford says.

In other philanthropic news:

- The New York Life Foundation, New York, has contributed a 3-year, $290,750 grant to the Harlem Educational Activities Fund, which organizes a 6-week summer school program for students in the sixth, seventh and eighth grades.

- The Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation, Indianapolis, has contributed a total of $1.4 million to 19 nonprofit groups.

Major recipients include the Center for Closing the Health Gap, Cincinnati, which will work with religious groups to promote healthy lifestyles; the Little Red Door Cancer Agency, Indianapolis, which helps people with cancer get to their doctors; and Action for Healthy Kids, a pilot program that will try to improve eating and exercise habits in U.S. schools.