Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Employees Partner with Hands On Hartford to Provide Day of Service

Monday, May 22, 2017

Team of 25 Volunteers Build Picnic Benches, Paint Outdoor Seating and Murals

HARTFORD, CT -- More than 25 Harvard Pilgrim Health Care employees recently partnered with Hands on Hartford for the 4th annual Employee Service Day at three different locations across the Hartford area: Keney Park Sustainability Project, The Wish School, and Northwest Boys & Girls Club. Projects included painting seating for an outdoor kitchen, building raised garden beds, landscaping, constructing picnic benches and cubbies, and painting murals. 

Community Service Days are part of Harvard Pilgrim’s corporate commitment to the region and the four states in which it operates: Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine. In 2016, Harvard Pilgrim’s charitable giving and service in the region totaled nearly $2.5 million and staff volunteered 3,500 hours

“Our Harvard Pilgrim team is proud to give back to our community and help make an impact in the city. Each organization we worked with is providing vital services to the residents of Hartford, and we appreciate the opportunity to serve alongside them,” said Jason Madrak, Vice President, Connecticut Regional Market for Harvard Pilgrim Health Care.

In addition to the improvements made to the school, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation also presented Hands on Hartford with a grant of $500 for its Backpack Nutrition program.

About The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation

All year long, Harvard Pilgrim employees roll up their sleeves and work hand-in-hand with schools and nonprofit organizations to meet the needs of the local communities.  This culture of giving back, reaching out, and helping local communities exemplifies who Harvard Pilgrim is as a company and demonstrates its commitment to building healthy communities throughout New England.

Created in 1980, The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation supports Harvard Pilgrim's mission to improve the quality and value of health care for the people and communities we serve by providing the tools, training and leadership to help build healthy communities throughout New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Maine, and Connecticut. Since its inception, the Foundation has distributed more than $140 million in funds. In 2016, the Harvard Pilgrim Foundation awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to nearly 900 nonprofit organizations within the four states.

About Hands on Hartford:

Hands On Hartford, in partnership with others, strengthens community in Hartford by responding faithfully to people in need through programs that change lives and renew human possibility. Hands On Hartford (formerly Center City Churches) provides direct services to people in need by promoting civic engagement and volunteerism. Our vision is to bring agencies, volunteers, congregations, community organizations, donors and businesses together to make a significant impact on our community. Hands On Hartford specializes in creating volunteer opportunities for groups or teams of volunteers from throughout Greater Hartford, emphasizing service learning as part of the volunteer experience.

Photo 1, L-R: Sean Smedley, Account Executive at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, and Verronica Barrows, Provider Network Representative at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, participating in the 4th annual Employee Service Day.

Photo 2: Harvard Pilgrim Health Care employees and volunteers at the 4th annual Employee Service Day.

Photo 3: Julianna Cruz, Senior Marketing Specialist at Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, participating in the 4th annual Employee Service Day.



Kim Winn
Harvard Pilgrim Foundation

Websites: www.harvardpilgrim.org/foundation; www.handsonhartford.org

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