Audrey Tillman is a Humana Beginnings nurse based in Johnson City, Tennessee. Earlier this year, she won the Humana Volunteer Challenge, a contest sponsored by the Humana Foundation that gave her the chance to support charitable organizations in two Humana communities.

Here’s Audrey’s story in her own words:

One of my favorite aspects of working at Humana is the variety of opportunities Humana provides associates to make a difference in our communities. I’ve had two opportunities recently that have been tremendously meaningful for me and wanted to share them.

Last spring, the Humana Foundation held a drawing as part of the Humana Volunteer Challenge in which the winner would be able to direct a $2,000 Humana Foundation grant to the charitable organization of their choice, and also win a trip to the site of an upcoming KaBOOM! playground build. To my surprise and delight, my name was drawn. I thought about where I wanted to direct the donation.

When I lived in Louisiana, I volunteered at St. Joseph Hospice in Baton Rouge. I sat with patients, worked the front desk and provided support to families. It thrilled me to be able to ask the Humana Foundation to give the $2,000 grant to St. Joseph Hospice to support the work they do.

For the KaBOOM! trip, I selected a build that was scheduled to take place at the Susan B. Anthony Residential Treatment Center in Pembroke Pines, Florida. Susan B. Anthony is a center for women, and the families of women, who need treatment for drug and alcohol addiction or who have ongoing mental health issues. I wanted to go there in part because of the center’s focus on helping women and children, which felt like an extension of my work with Humana Beginnings.

I have to admit that when I arrived the morning of the build and saw the task at hand, I was thinking, “How in the world are we going to do this in one day?” The site was just an empty field.

But when a group of volunteers gets together, magic happens. We worked with Humana volunteers, residents, family members of residents, volunteers from the community and the KaBOOM! project coordinators. It was incredible. We completed the build in eight hours.

By the end of the day, I was tired, but it was a good kind of tired, the kind that goes along with accomplishing something. It was worth the effort a million times over to see the children who’ll be using the playground. Their eyes were so big and their smiles so wide! They even did a thank-you dance for the volunteers, which was so adorable.

I just want to express my own gratitude to the Humana Foundation for my experience, which is one of the highlights of my life. I also want to show my appreciation to everyone at Humana who helps create and keep the culture of caring and giving in the communities we serve. I am proud to work for a company that would not only allow me to give back, but encourage me and even give me opportunities to do so.

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This is the playground built in a few hours in Pembroke Pines, Florida.
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A vegetable garden was included on the playground site in Pembroke Pines, Florida
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Humana has been recognized on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index and the Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index for the seventh consecutive year.

Humana was one of only two health-benefits companies selected to the prestigious Dow Jones Sustainability North America Index this year, reflecting the company’s strong environmental, social and economic performance.

“We are honored to be recognized once again as a leader by the Dow Jones Sustainability Indices,” said Chuck Lambert, Humana’s Vice President of Associate & Business Services. “Our commitment to a healthy planet, healthy people and healthy performance is aligned with our dream to help our associates, members, and communities we serve achieve lifelong well-being.”

The Dow Jones Sustainability Indices identify companies as leaders in sustainability according to objective benchmarks linked to environmental, social and economic performance. Companies must meet rigorous criteria including corporate governance, transparency, environmental and social policies and management, and corporate citizenship and philanthropy. Humana’s internal- and external-facing environmental sustainability efforts coupled with community wellness programs, such as its playground-building partnership with KaBOOM!, are examples of such leadership.

In addition to DJSI, Humana is included in the FTSE4Good Index Series and ranked in the top 100 of the Newsweek Green Rankings.
Humana, the first health insurer to publish a Global Reporting Initiative corporate social responsibility (CSR) report, strives toward best-in-class business practices. Other CSR accolades include being named in the top 10 of Military Times EDGE magazine’s “Best Employers for Vets 2013” and as a finalist in the GBCHealth Awards community investment category for our Team Up 4 Health community wellness program.

To learn more about Humana’s CSR and sustainability initiatives, please visit http://www.humana/csr.

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