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AETNA GRANTS TOTAL $60,000 IN BAY AREA

 AETNA GRANTS TOTAL $60,000 IN BAY AREA
 WALNUT CREEK, Calif., April 6 /PRNewswire/ -- Bay area efforts to


support AIDS education and assist AIDS patients, aid homeless teenagers, combat illiteracy and prevent child abuse have received a boost from the Aetna Foundation's (NYSE: AET) award of $60,000 in local grants to 11 non-profit organizations.
 F.X. McLellan, senior vice president, Aetna Health Plans, western home office, and Tom Taylor, general manager, Aetna Health Plans, San Francisco, announced the following grants:
 --The San Francisco AIDS Foundation received a $10,000 grant to support the development and implementation of an advertising campaign promoting safe sex practices among males age 15 to 25.
 --The Center for AIDS Services in Oakland received a $10,000 grant to expand a daily hot meal program from serving an average of 35 meals per day to 50 meals per day. The center is the largest provider of AIDS direct support services in the East Bay, providing services to 600 individuals and families.
 --The Larkin Street Youth Center in San Francisco received a $7,000 grant for its HIV prevention and education program. The center locates homeless teens and helps them to return home. The grant will help support the costs associated with weekly "Drop-In" groups, bilingual HIV prevention education and materials.
 --The Bay Area Crisis Nursery (BACN) in Concord was awarded $7,000 for its respite program for families in crisis. BACN prevents child abuse by assisting parents during times of stress and crisis, the time abuse is most likely to occur. The respite program provides 48-hour pre-arranged stays once a month to help parents reduce stress and avoid crisis.
 --The Omega Boys Club received a $5,000 grant for its Omega Scholarship Fund. A program of San Francisco's Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, the club is a youth-development and delinquency- prevention program serving African-American youth age 11 to 21.
 --Literacy Volunteers of America-California, Inc. in Berkeley used a $5,000 grant to support a training program including basic reading and English as a second language, tutor training, program management and small group tutoring.
 --The Northern California Family Center in Walnut Creek received $5,000 to assist in the development of an on-site child care consulting service. The center provides counseling, educational services and child care consulting services to lower-income families.
 --The Cambridge Community Center in Concord received $4,000 to support a budget counseling program. Trained volunteers will counsel low-income families on poor spending habits, setting financial priorities and working within a budget.
 --Casa Vincentia in Oakland, a residential program for pregnant women, is using a $3,000 grant to support a "Healthy Life Styles" program to educate mothers on infant care.
 --The Wellness Community in San Francisco received a $3,000 grant. The Community provides a free community center for cancer patients and their families where educational, emotional and social support create an atmosphere of hope. The grant is being used to purchase visual aids used in presentations on proper exercise and nutrition.
 --Young Audiences of the Bay Area received a $1,000 grant. The San Francisco-based organization introduces young people and their families to the performing arts. The grant will support production costs.
 All the awards were made through the Aetna Foundation's FOCUS Grant program, which administers grants through Aetna Field offices.
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 /CONTACT: Michelle Paradise, 510-932-7330, or Gary Frank, 203-273-4788 of Aetna/
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