Partnerships between the business and non-profit sectors continue to enhance communities. A great example of such a partnership was the recent Day of Service co-hosted by Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Inc. (APM) and Aetna. The two groups came together to spruce up the Children’s Mission Inc. building and Rainbow de Colores Playground. Located on Germantown Avenue, Children’s Mission Inc. provides food support to area residents. Rainbow de Colores is a beloved community playground and handball court.
As part of their Summer Associate program, Aetna works to connect their interns with non-profit organizations that can partner in acts of community service that can have an impact. At Aetna’s request, APM recommended the Mission and the Playground. A team of 22, including Aetna staff, APM Community Connectors, and members of the community converged on the two locations with rakes, paintbrushes and other items for much-needed facelifts. The project took over 175 man-hours to complete, and the transformation of the spaces were remarkable.
APM was proud to partner with Aetna on a clean-up and green-up of these two community assets.
“When we form partnerships and come together for the betterment of the community, real change can happen,” said APM CEO Nilda Ruiz. “We look forward to continuing to work with our friends at Aetna and other business leaders who want to engage in our community to continue the progress we have made over the last 50 years.”