Aetna's "Good Corporate Citizenship" Volunteer Activity -- (Extensions of Remarks - April 20, 2004)
HON. JOHN B. LARSON
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2004
Mr. LARSON of Connecticut. Mr. Speaker, I am proud to rise today to report on the "Good Corporate Citizenship" of AETNA, a constituent company in my district. During the week of April 26th, approximately 1,100 employees from Aetna's Consumer Markets segment across the country will donate more than 4,400 hours to charitable causes in their communities.
Aetna has a long history of volunteerism and contributing to the communities where it operates. In 2003, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation contributed approximately $16.5 million nationally, with nearly $4.4 million directed at entities in Connecticut, Aetna's home State for 150 years.
Every day, Aetna employees across the country demonstrate their compassion and commitment to this goal by devoting hundreds of hours of personal time to volunteerism. This commitment has created what is now recognized as Aetna's "Culture of Caring"-a tradition of volunteerism that has become a part of Aetna's core values.
As part of this April 2004 charitable initiative, employees from 20 sites around the country will join together to make an impact in the lives of others. In my home State of Connecticut, this fine group of Aetna employees will focus on assisting The Children's Home of Cromwell, where they will collect school supplies and backpacks for resident children; The American Red Cross, where employees will paint houses and clean yards for low-income housing residents; Foodshare of Greater Hartford, where Aetna staff will participate in the Walk Against Hunger and will sort food at the Hartford Farmer's Market; The Shepherd Home, where employees will collect small appliances and furniture for transitional housing residents; and Community Renewal Team, where Aetna employees will paint classrooms for low-income, inner-city preschools, read to students, and provide nutritional snacks.
Being a leader in health care is a source of pride for the entire Aetna community. I am proud to represent Connecticut and Aetna's employees, especially as they demonstrate that corporate responsibility and employee volunteerism are key business objectives, objectives which help make Aetna such an integral part of the local community.