September 26, 2005
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Sir Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
Our prayers and thoughts go out to all those who have relatives, colleagues and friends in the Gulf Coast region.
Many of NAEM’s sponsoring organizations have contributed in some way to the relief efforts in response to Hurricane Katrina. I’m sure more are involved in small and large ways. And unfortunately, relief efforts will only be expanded in the coming weeks.
In respect to those who are helping others, below are a few corporate stories (in alpha order) that have been shared with NAEM staff:
Aggregate Industries US is proud to announce a donation program aimed at providing assistance to the people affected along the Gulf Coast of the United States
The aftermath of Hurricane Katrina is enormous, and we hope that all of our employees will make a donation to help improve the lives of those affected by this tragedy.
Victims of Hurricane Katrina are attempting to recover from this massive storm. American Red Cross volunteers have been deployed to the hardest hit areas of Katrina’s destruction, supplying hundreds of thousands of victims left homeless with critical necessities. By making a financial gift to support Hurricane Katrina Relief efforts, the Red Cross can provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Aggregate Industries will match our employees’ donations dollar for dollar and guarantee a minimum company donation of $100,000.
Anheuser-Busch Continues To Supply Water To Victims of Hurricane Katrina; Company Foundation Donates $1 Million to the American Red Cross for Relief Efforts
Anheuser-Busch Companies said today it will be increasing its donation of fresh drinking water to nearly 2.5 million cans per week to Mississippi, Alabama and Louisiana. Recognizing the unique position the company is in to provide safe drinking water, the company will also be converting operations at its Houston brewery, in addition to its Cartersville, Ga., brewery, to producing canned water. The company’s Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anheuser-Busch Companies, is also increasing its donation to the Red Cross to $1 million to help ongoing relief efforts along the Gulf Coast communities devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Anheuser-Busch will also match contributions made by its employees to the Red Cross Hurricane Katrina relief efforts. In addition, the company announced it will match up to an additional $1 million from its independent wholesalers nationwide.
BNA Creates Webpage dedicated to Hurricane Katrina and Relief Efforts
This Web site is a collection of news stories and wide-ranging legal and nonlegal information and online resources, including checklists, policies, and forms created expressly for this database. It provides access to BNA information normally available by subscription only, and to government and industry documents culled from scores of sources. Designed specifically with employers in mind, Employers Respond to Katrina is intended to help companies understand and cope with the many difficult issues, both short- and long-term, that arise from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina. You will find here research findings on employers' reactions and responses to the disaster, information on tax relief; job search sites, and guidance for emergency and disaster planning and recovery.
Fuji Photo Film U.S.A, Inc. to match employee donations
Fuji Photo Film U. S. A., Inc. FujiCcolor Processing, Inc., Fujifilm Medical Systems Inc. and Enovation Graphics Systems, Inc. will match employee Donation to American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Disaster Relief dollar for dollar up to $300 per employee. In addition we have employees in Carrolton, Texas who have volunteered donated there time to sort clothes for families who were relocated into their area.
ITT Industries Offers Funds and Critical Equipment to Aid Hurricane Relief Efforts
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y., Sept. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- ITT Industries (NYSE: ITT - News) has pledged $250,000 to the Red Cross to fund immediate hurricane relief, and has made available fluid technology equipment for delivery to Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama, including dewatering pumps and reverse osmosis systems which could be vital to relief efforts. Additionally, the company has sent night vision equipment and personnel to assist in round-the-clock search and rescue efforts in the affected areas.
John Deere Employees, Dealers, Suppliers Committed to Hurricane Relief Efforts
John Deere employees, dealers, suppliers and the company itself have responded to the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina through cash donations, equipment and dedicated service. Deere & Company chairman and chief executive officer Robert W. Lane said the human suffering and devastation of the disaster "is affecting each of us as individuals."
Jim Collins, John Deere's director of corporate citizenship, said, "Everyone who has volunteered to help in this massive relief effort has been outstanding, including those affiliated with John Deere. The efforts of those who represent our company exemplify the values that are part of the John Deere culture. We join with many other organizations in hoping that our efforts are helping to make a difference."
Motorola Launches Additional Hurricane Katrina Relief Initiatives
Motorola, Inc. (NYSE: MOT) today launched additional initiatives to support the disaster-relief efforts in the Gulf Coast region devastated by Hurricane Katrina. These include a $1 million education fund to help rebuild schools and educate displaced children in the region and a Motorola employee program to collect donated goods at many of the company’s campuses. Details of the education fund will be announced shortly. Ed Zander, Motorola’s chairman and chief executive officer, said, “Motorola employees worldwide remain deeply concerned about the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and continue to work exhaustively to respond to the communication needs of both Motorola customers and non-customers in the impacted areas. Our response to Hurricane Katrina is the single largest disaster-recovery response in Motorola’s 77-year history.”
Hurricane Katrina Relief Efforts at Office Max
OfficeMax is donating school supplies to displaced kids across the country and is currently soliciting school supplies and donations from its vendors. OfficeMax is leading the efforts over the next few months to help the SHOPA Kids In Need Foundation ship thousands of school supplies to displaced Hurricane students. Individuals and corporations can purchase a school supply pack for $5 and a School Box Kit for $12 through the SHOPA Kids In Need Foundation at http://kidsinneed.net/katrina/.Customers can add donation to their bill at all OfficeMax cash registers across the country. OfficeMax is an official donation site for the American Red Cross and 100% of all donations will go to the American Red Cross Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund. As of 9/15/05, OfficeMax customers donated over $150,000. OfficeMax has made a large financial contribution to the American Red Cross and will also be matching associate donations up to $25,000 to the United Way and American Red Cross. In addition OfficeMax will be donating $50,000 to the SHOPA Kids In Need Foundation in support of the Hurricane relief efforts for displaced school kids along with a $50,000 contribution to the Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center and $50,000 to the SHOPA Teacher Resource Center in Chicago.
Quaker Chemical made a donation to the Hurricane Relief Efforts and is matching all employee gifts sent for Hurricane Relief whether to the Red Cross or some faith based organization that is helping in the recovery.
Sharp and Employees Will Donate Up To $500,000 For Hurricane Katrina Recovery
Through the establishment of The Sharp Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund, Sharp Corporation, its US subsidiaries, including Sharp Electronics Corporation (SEC), Sharp Microelectronics Corporation of America (SMA), Sharp Laboratories of America (SLA), and Sharp Manufacturing Corporation of America (SMCA), and their employees will donate up to $500,000 to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
Restored service to all customers who can take service by September 11, just 13 days after Hurricane Katrina. More than 97 percent of all customers on by Saturday, September 10. Marshaled a total work force of 11,000 workers in 8 days from 3,700 workers on the ground on day one, Tuesday, after the hurricane to 11,000 on September 9. Provided all support for 11,000 workers including: fuel, material, lodging, food, laundry and equipment maintenance. Refueling 5,000 vehicles nightly with peak consumption of 140,000 gallons per day. Unloaded and distributed to 24 remote staging areas 60 semi-trailers of material in one 24-hour period Activated Southern Company’s Family Services program. More than 200 employees and volunteers came to Mississippi from across the Southern Company system to relieve 600 Mississippi Power employees from having to deal with emergency repairs while working their disaster assignments.
Services offered to employees in need included roof repair, tarps, tree removal off of homes, carpet removal, salvaging/moving furniture, laundry, babysitting, rental vehicles, temporary housing. On the donation side, employees have given $330,000 so far and the Southern Company and operating company foundations have given $500,000, and volunteers have helped raised $5.2M through telethons.
Target Hurricane Recovery Effort
In addition to a previously announced $1.5 million donation to the American Red Cross, Target has provided the Red Cross with real estate in Louisiana so they can establish a central command center, and real estate in Seattle to be used as a training center. Target has also coordinated large-scale donations of essential products, including water, ice, coolers, diapers and baby wipes, and has provided supplies for military and local law enforcement support. Individual stores and distribution centers are also supporting shelters and local Red Cross agencies.
Please click on General News. Article date is 9/6/2005.
Temple-Inland Relief Efforts
Temple-Inland has made cash contributions of approximately $950,000 to various municipalities in both Texas and Louisiana. They have provided employees affected by the storm with direct employee assistance by providing $350,000 to employees from the city of Bogalusa and have continued to pay these employees through the shut down to Bogalusa employees. The Temple-Inland Foundation will match 3-to-1 up to $1,000 for all employee contributions to eligible relief organizations. In addition, Temple-Inland has donated a water truck, lumber, diesel and gasoline, generator for parish government offices, and various heavy equipment.
TI increases Katrina pledge, announces matching gift, other relief programs
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TI has announced that the company will give additional funds to support Hurricane Katrina recovery, launch a matching gift program and begin a drive for the most needed items for victims of the devastating August hurricane along the Gulf Coast. "This tragedy continues to grow in magnitude every day and has hit us very close to home," said Rich Templeton, TI's president and CEO. First, the company is committing $500,000 to be divided equally between the American Red Cross and Salvation Army offices in Dallas and Houston to meet the immediate needs of the evacuees who have relocated to those areas. This is in addition to the $250,000 already pledged to the American Red Cross for disaster work in the Gulf Coast region. In addition, TI will provide up to $500,000 to match gifts from employees, on-site contractors and TI retirees through the TI Cares:Katrina Relief Effort. As with other recent relief activities, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas will serve as a pass-through to direct donations to the American Red Cross, Salvation Army or both - as designated by the donor.
Carol Singer Neuvelt
NAEM Executive Director
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