GCRI Members Support Harvey Relief Efforts
Tufts Health Plan Foundation
The Tufts Health Plan Foundation is matching employees’ contributions to nonprofit organizations providing hurricane relief to Southeast Texas communities up to a total of $50,000. Funds will be donated to the Red Cross to assist Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, for a total of $100,000 supporting Hurricane Harvey’s victims. The Foundation is also matching Hurricane Irma relief donations through the Florida Relief Fund and One America Appeal.
Collette will be matching employee donations up to $5,000. The company’s foundation is also making a donation of $10,000 to Save the Children for their efforts in support of Hurricane Harvey relief. Save the Children provided supplies and resources to support children in shelters, and will be supporting organizations providing trauma support for children and families as they recover and rebuild. They will also be providing funding and support to rebuild childcare facilities affected by the flooding.
Through its Play Relief program, Hasbro donated 15,000 toys and games to hurricane shelters and family support programs. Employees volunteered to pack the kits. Hasbro also donated $50,000 to the American Red Cross and matched employee donations up to $25,000.
Pawtucket Credit Union
Pawtucket Credit Union is matching employee donations to the American Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund.
GCRI Member CVS Health has deployed emergency pharmacy resources and general assistance to the victims of Hurricane Harvey. A mobile pharmacy unit was set up outside the NRG Center in Houston, where evacuees were now able to pick up prescriptions, purchase over-the-counter medications and receive recommended vaccines.
Additionally, CVS Pharmacy, in cooperation with the Texas Department of State Health Services, will provide pharmacy services to Texas residents who have been displaced by the Hurricane through “pop up” pharmacies that are being deployed at emergency shelters in Austin, Dallas and San Antonio. “Pop up” pharmacies place pharmacists and pharmacy personnel at the shelters to counsel patients and facilitate the delivery of prescriptions from nearby pharmacies. These new actions follow a donation from the CVS Health Foundation announced earlier this week of $200,000 towards relief and recovery efforts, which includes $50,000 each to the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the American Red Cross, as well as $25,000 to Salvation Army, to aid the greater Houston area in supporting local residents as they begin the recovery and rebuilding process. The CVS Health Foundation will also match colleague donations up to $25,000. In addition, CVS Health has donated more than $90,000 worth of in-kind products including personal hygiene, clean-up and over-the-counter items to area shelters and continues to work with shelters throughout Texas to support those displaced.
Bank of America
GCRI Member Bank of America’s Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts have included sending mobile financial centers and mobile ATM’s to the region, and nearly $2 million in donations from the company, its foundation and its employees. The company is matching employee donations through an internal program, and to date, bank employees have donated $457,000, matched dollar for dollar by the company for a total of $914,000. Those funds will be distributed to charities selected by the donating employees. That amount is in addition to $1 million in relief funding provided by the Bank of America Charitable Foundation, with $250,000 directed through the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund and the remainder to be allocated as the company learns more about specific recovery needs.
“We are activating our resources to bring relief to the individuals, families, customers and communities that will continue to be impacted by the unprecedented challenges Harvey is creating across the region,” said Hong Ogle, Houston market president for Bank of America. “We are humbled and heartened by the outpouring of support.”
If you are a GCRI member, and have been active in supporting hurricane relief efforts, let us know!