Boeing and employees donate more than $3.2 million to hurricane relief

Employee contributions surpass $700,000

September 29, 2017 in Our Community

A volunteer with the American Red Cross comforts a man displaced by Hurricane Harvey. (American Red Cross photo)

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Boeing and its employees are joining forces to assist with disaster relief in areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.

In addition to an initial commitment of $1 million from The Boeing Charitable Trust for Hurricane Harvey recovery and relief, Boeing employees and retirees have donated more than $700,000 towards the most recent hurricanes. Added together, with company matches, Boeing’s full humanitarian aid relief package in the wake of the three hurricanes is more than $3.2 million.

In addition to corporate charitable contributions and in-kind investments, Boeing has been working with Airlink — a rapid-response disaster relief organization that links airlines with nongovernmental organizations to transport aid workers and cargo in times of humanitarian need.

“This year’s hurricane season has been unprecedented,” said John Blazey, vice president of Boeing Global Engagement. “The road to recovery for those affected by these storms, some of whom are part of the Boeing family, will be long and filled with personal challenges. In addition to monetary donations, we are grateful to Boeing employees who are helping with recovery efforts and assisting their neighbors and colleagues who have been impacted.”

Donations made through the employee donation portal will be made available to residents, including Boeing employees, in affected areas and help with immediate needs such as water, food, shelter and medicine. The company plans to match qualifying employee contributions of at least $25 made through the Boeing gift match program.

By Jason Capeheart