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Hurricane Relief Efforts (#6)

October 02, 2008

We continue to track (see also here, here, here, here, and here) corporate and foundation support for hurricane relief and recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast. Here's the latest roundup of announcements....

As a part of its commitment to help Texas communities recover from Hurricane Ike, Reliant Energy is donating $1 million to the Gulf Coast Ike Relief Fund. In addition, Swift Energy Company has announced that it will donate $500,000 to the fund.

Visitors to the Animal Rescue Site donated more than $86,000 in September to help animal victims of hurricanes Gustav and Ike.

XTO Energy has announced a $25,000 gift and U.S. Energy Savings Corp. has donated $15,000 to support the American Red Cross's hurricane relief efforts. In addition, U.S. Energy Savings has agreed to match, dollar for dollar, donations made by any of its more than 650 employees to hurricane relief and recovery efforts.

The A+ Federal Credit Union will donate $10,000 to the Texas Credit Union Foundation to assist employees affected by Hurricane Ike. Smaller grants of $500 will be given to individuals with immediate financial needs such as out-of-pocket costs associated with evacuation. Larger grants ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 will be awarded to individuals with longer-term needs after other sources of relief assistance have been exhausted.

The Facebook Causes group Gulf Coast Hurricane Relief has raised $4,924 to date from 14,095 members. A check for that amount will be presented to Convoy of Hope, which is working to provide relief supplies to displaced persons in Texas and Louisiana.

And in response to the series of devastating hurricanes and tropical storms that pounded Cuba this summer, Bacardi Limited, the world's largest privately held spirits company, will contribute $100,000 to the Pan American Development Foundation for disaster relief efforts in that country.

Did we miss your gift or contribution? Let us know by leaving a comment or by e-mailing [email protected].

-- Regina Mahone

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