Aflac Celebrates Company Anniversary with Construction of a Habitat for Humanity House
COLUMBUS, Ga.- March 22, 2005 - Aflac prepares to build a Habitat for Humanity house for a local Columbus, Ga., couple as part of the company's year-long 50th Anniversary celebration.
Hundreds of employees representing all areas of the company ranging from administrative support areas to senior-level executives have volunteered to construct a home for Runa and Annie Davis, a married couple of 41 years.
"The call went out and our employees responded in record numbers. That's one of the greatest things about our company – we pull together as a family to meet the needs of others," said Dan Amos, Aflac chairman and chief executive officer.
Aflac is giving its employees a day of company time to work on the house. Company employees, along with the prospective homeowners, will perform a variety of construction duties including painting, hanging sheetrock, roofing and yard landscaping. The home will be constructed with special accessibility features to accommodate Mr. Davis' wheelchair.
"This is something I've always wanted. I would get so excited when I would see others get their homes. Now it's finally happening for me," Mrs. Davis said.
Construction on the three-bedroom, 1½ bath home is scheduled to begin Wednesday, March 23, 2005. Plans to dedicate the house are scheduled for April 15, 2005. The home will be located at 750 Fulton Ave. in Columbus.
Aflac has become well-known for its long-standing history of corporate citizenship and sense of community. A recent example includes a $1 million donation to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C. Aflac's ongoing commitment to community service includes relationships with organizations such as The American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, the March of Dimes, and the company's primary philanthropic endeavor, the Aflac Cancer Center in Atlanta.
Habitat for Humanity International, based in Americus, Ga., is an ecumenical Christian ministry dedicated to eliminating poverty housing. By the end of 2005, Habitat will have built its 200,000th house and more than one million people will be living in Habitat homes they helped build and are buying through non-profit, zero-interest mortgages. For more information visit www.habitat.org.
Aflac is the number one provider of guaranteed-renewable insurance in the United States and the largest life insurer in terms of individual insurance policies in force in Japan. Aflac's insurance products provide protection to more than 40 million people worldwide and pay cash benefits to policyholders unless they chose otherwise. Aflac's products are primarily sold at worksites in the United States. In January 2005, Aflac was included in Fortune magazine's list of "The 100 Best Companies to Work For in America" for the seventh consecutive year. Aflac has also been included in Forbes magazine's Platinum 400 List of "America's Best Big Companies" for five consecutive years and in Fortune magazine's listing of "America's Most Admired Companies" for five consecutive years. Aflac Incorporated is a Fortune 500 company listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol AFL. To find out more about Aflac, visit aflac.com.
Patsy J. Thomas