COLUMBUS, Ga. - April 19, 2005 – Four weeks after they started construction, more than 200 Aflac volunteers returned to 750 Fulton Ave. on April 15, 2005, to dedicate the house they built for Annie and Runa Davis.
Daniel P. Amos, Aflac chairman and chief executive officer, spoke at the dedication along with Hamilton Jordan, former press secretary for President Jimmy Carter. In addition to Amos, Jordan and the Davis family, local Habitat officials also attended the dedication.
“The construction of this house by our employees is a powerful testament to the spirit of volunteerism that continues to make Aflac a good corporate citizen,” Amos said. “As we continue our yearlong 50th Anniversary celebration, we have this Habitat home built by Aflac employees as a constant reminder of what we can do when we pull together.”
Aflac is well-known for its long-standing history of corporate citizenship and sense of community. Since 1995, the national philanthropic focus has been the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service at Children's Healthcare of Atlanta. Aflac and its sales associates have pledged more than $20 million to the cancer center.
Almost 1,000 employees registered online to work on the house for a day over the four-week construction period. Employees representing all areas of the company ranging from administrative support areas to senior-level executives began building the house on March 23, 2005. The volunteers' work ranged from raising the walls to putting on the roof.
As part of Friday's dedication, the Aflac volunteers received special T-shirts and hardhats. Aflac has documented the home's construction by producing an “Extreme Home Makeover Aflac Edition” video that features interviews with the homeowners. Aflac will debut the video on May 6, 2005 at the Columbus Civic Center to its nearly 4,000 employees as part of the company's Employee Appreciation Week celebration.
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