One way we help is to offer financial support to nonprofits. Over the years, AEM and its employees have collectively donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to groups including the American Cancer Society, the American Red Cross, Mothers Against Drunk Driving, and St. Jude’s Research Hospital.
Because we believe volunteering is important, we encourage our employees to spend time with local projects and see the impact of their service. Employee volunteer committees spearhead local projects throughout the year, and in the fall, AEM hosts a corporate “Make a Difference Day.” During AEM’s annual corporate meetings, our employees also work together to support local organizations in our host city. We have volunteered thousands of hours through these efforts.
AEM has also experimented with public-minded efforts that reflect the diverse capabilities of our employees. For example, we developed the open-source Program to Assist Risk & Resilience Examination (PARRE) as a national security initiative. PARRE assists America’s public and private utilities in the cataloging and assessment of risk and then ranking available options to address that risk. Recently, we also created an app to make retirement planning services accessible to millions of Americans who do not have access to financial planners. We hope to build on our citizenship work through efforts such as these, enabling us to make an impact at a larger scale.