News - October 2005

Aetna Employees Honored For Workplace Volunteerism

Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network Logo Aetna (NYSE: AET) received a 2005 Award for Excellence in Workplace Volunteer Programs from The Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network. The award, presented during the organization's National Conference on Volunteering and Service in Washington , D.C. , is an international award that honors businesses that have made a commitment to effectively engaging employees in volunteering. Aetna is one of six companies receiving this honor.

"Workplace volunteering can have a profound impact on employees, communities and the long-term success of a company," said Robert K. Goodwin, president and CEO of The Points of Light Foundation. " Aetna is a shining example of the role that businesses can play in alleviating social problems and bringing about healthier communities."

"Every day, Aetna employees across the country demonstrate their compassion and commitment to building healthy communities where we live and work," said Marilda Gandara, president of the Aetna Foundation who accepted the award on behalf of Aetna 's employees. "Over 48% of Aetna employees participate in company-sponsored volunteer activities. This extraordinary 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 long history."

Aetna Employees Reaching Out (AERO) is a multifaceted volunteer program that encourages and supports employee participation. Known as "Brawn, Bucks and Blood," AERO's three-pronged approach to community involvement emphasizes employee volunteerism on service projects, participation by Aetna's senior managers and employees on boards of public institutions and professional associations, and blood drives and educational programs to promote tissue and organ donations. Aetna also sponsors a corporate match program that to date has contributed over $8 million to local communities by matching employees' charitable donations to non-for-profit organizations. In the Rochester area, employees participate in a number of volunteer activities from walk-a-thons such as the Stroll for Kids, to coaching youth sports and involvement in scouting.

Aetna employees reap more than personal satisfaction from their efforts. Eighty-nine percent of Aetna volunteers report professional skills development and 80 percent report improved team skills. Aetna benefits too. Volunteers are 10 percent more likely than non-volunteers to understand Aetna 's corporate values, and 7 percent more likely to rate Aetna as a good place to work.

The Points of Light Foundation & Volunteer Center National Network engages and mobilizes millions of volunteers who help solve serious social problems in thousands of communities. Through a variety of programs and services, the Foundation encourages people from all walks of life - businesses, faith-based organizations, low-income communities, families, youth, and older adults - to volunteer. For more information, call (202) 729-8000 or visit


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