Giving back: Humana associates create positive change for communities, themselves

Humana associates volunteered to paint and other maintenance at Maryhurst, a Louisville nonprofit agency helping abused children.

Humana associates volunteered to paint and perform other maintenance duties at Maryhurst, a Louisville nonprofit agency helping abused children. (Photo by Lisa Huber)

Giving back has always been a priority at Humana, and we are proud of our associates’ commitment to making a difference through volunteerism and charitable donations. November is Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Month, which is a perfect time to highlight the efforts of our dedicated associates whose passion to help is creating positive change for their communities and for themselves.

Each year, Humana and the Humana Foundation  give generously to national charitable organizations like Big Brothers Big Sisters, KaBOOM!, and the Arbor Day Foundation as well as many local and regional charities in the communities we serve around the country. Humana associates are also generous with their annual donations of time and money to nonprofits and for disaster relief.

The Humana Foundation has developed a number of internal programs that make it easier for Humana associates to volunteer in their communities. One of those is the Humana Volunteer Network. Linda Miller, an associate who works in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, took advantage of the program this way:

“I entered my ZIP code, and the Humana Volunteer Network provided a list of organizations searching for volunteers in my area. Because of my interest in animals, I contacted Operation Spay and Neuter and they responded with several ideas on how I might contribute in ways that matched my schedule and talents. I’ve been working with them since September of 2010, and it really supports my sense of community and my overall well-being.”

Humana associates who log their volunteer hours on the Humana Volunteer Network are also eligible for the Dollars 4 Doers volunteer recognition award, which provides  the opportunity to designate a $4,000 Humana Foundation grant to a nonprofit where the winning associates volunteer. Two associates are selected each quarter.

So far this year, more than 4,500 Humana associates have logged more than 145,000 volunteer hours on the Humana Volunteer Network website. One of those is Carrie Schuldt, who is based in Tampa, Florida, and directed the Dollars 4 Doers grant she received to the Humane Society of Tampa Bay.

“I am proud to work for a company that provides us with the opportunity to support the organizations we are passionate about and that make the communities where we live and work better places to be,” Schuldt said.

In addition, Humana recently sent five Green Bay, Wisconsin, associates on a special four-week assignment to lend their business skills full-time to the nonprofit Volunteer Center of Brown County. The Humana Volunteer Fellowship is a skills-based volunteer program operated by the Humana Foundation. Christine Danielson, Executive Director of the Volunteer Center, said, “The Humana Fellows enhanced a project that will create transformational change in this community. I am so glad I had the honor of working with such a dedicated team!”

For more information on Humana’s CSR efforts, please see the Corporate Social Responsibility page at www.humana.com.

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