In 2010, Aetna employees volunteered more than 330,000 hours. They built houses for Habitat for Humanity®, tutored children at low-performing schools, spruced up parks and raised money for those in need. Across the country, Aetna’s 50 employee-led Volunteer Councils sponsored community outreach opportunities for their colleagues. Since 2003, employees have donated more than 2.3 million hours of their time..
Aetna Chairman, CEO and President Mark Bertolini and employee Denise Zachmann celebrate the generosity of Aetna employees, surrounded by more than 600 gaily wrapped packages of toys, warm clothing, household goods and gift cards for people in need that were purchased by employees through the annual giving tree program. The Aetna Foundation also presented surprise $2,000 holiday grants to the 13 nonprofit partners that identified the families to receive the gifts to help the organizations better serve their clients.
Aetna’s Cheryl Nelson (left), who donated her bone marrow to a patient with leukemia, and Community Relations Manager Lynn Ferdman encouraged more than 1,800 Aetna employees to register with the National Marrow Donor Program (NMDP) over the past decade. NMDP’s CEO Dr. Jeffrey W. Chell (right) praised Aetna for its support of his organization’s work, underwriting the $100 testing fee for each employee who registered.
Volunteers from Aetna’s Southern California office banded together to put their handyman skills to work, sprucing up the grounds of eight historic structures dating back to the Victorian era at the Heritage Square Museum, a living history museum in Los Angeles. The Heritage Square Museum showcases the settlement and development of Southern California from the Civil War to the early 20th century.
Moved by the enormous need for medical supplies after the earthquake in Haiti, a group of employees from Aetna’s office in Phoenix volunteered for PROJECT C.U.R.E. They sorted and packed supplies ranging from gauze to catheters to surgical saw blades.
Employees at Aetna’s office in High Point, N.C., wanted to make sure that local children in need got off to a good start in school. Their 2010 Pack-a-Backpack program netted enough pencils, notebooks, crayons and more to fill backpacks for 491 children in their community who were identified by the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club.
More than 1,000 employees in the Phoenix area contributed to the Penny Wars, a month-long fund-raising event that raised more than $10,000 for a local nonprofit that helps fallen and injured police officers and firefighters. Employees collected pennies and other spare change, held bake sales, sold treats and held a silent auction. Employee organizers volunteered more than 300 hours.
In Bismarck, N.D., Aetna employees love rubber ducks. For the third consecutive year, employees vied with each other to choose their favorite rubber duck from a raft of 300, while making a donation to a local youth services organization. Each duck came with a secret prize, from a coffee mug to a pearl necklace, which encouraged people to buy several of everyone’s best-loved bath toy. The effort raised more than $3,000 to help children in need.
How do you make a home for someone without one? Aetna employees in Jacksonville, Fla., decided to “adopt a room” at a local shelter that provides temporary housing for people in need. Pooling their resources and decorating talents, the employees refurbished a bedroom with fresh paint, new linens, accessories, and other homey touches to create a warm and welcoming “room of one’s own.”
Residents of a Pittsburgh-area nursing and rehabilitation facility enjoyed a special Halloween party, complete with pumpkin carving and bingo, thanks to a group of Aetna employees. In 2010, the employees also helped organize an American Bandstand dance night, and purchased and delivered holiday presents for each of the 192 patients.
Kids from Hartford’s low-income neighborhoods had the opportunity to plant, cultivate, and harvest their own food at a community garden with help from Aetna employees, who supplied seeds, tools, know-how, and encouragement throughout the summer.
On Thanksgiving Day, Dallas-area employees volunteered at a city social service agency to serve turkey and all the trimmings to those in need. After the meal, the volunteers helped the guests choose coats, blankets, shoes, pants and other clothing to stay warm during the winter months.
Oklahoma City-area employees rolled up their sleeves to help an area food bank that had recently received a large amount of food for families in emergency situations. The employees assembled 480 boxes of food, the equivalent of 12,221 meals.
More than 30 Hartford-area Aetna employees helped ready The Hole in the Wall Camp in Ashford, Conn., for the 2010 summer season. They washed buildings, prepared vehicles, cleaned the pool, delivered cabin supplies, organized activity areas, and landscaped multiple gardens. Aetna is a national sponsor of the Hole in the Wall Gang Camps, which offer free of charge summer camp and year-round programming for children and families coping with cancer and other serious illnesses.
Aetna employees are in their fifth year of making no-sew blankets that are donated to campers who attend the Hole in the Wall Gang Camps, which serve children with cancer and other serious illnesses. Connecticut-based employees donated more than 100 blankets and pillowcases.
Boston-area employees stepped out in style for the American Heart Association’s Start! Heart Walk, raising funds and getting exercise for healthy hearts.