Boeing and Employees Provide Aid To Central America

Concern about the devastation wrought by Hurricane Mitch has moved The Boeing Company and its employees to contribute $142,500 to relief organizations providing aid to victims in Central America. In late October, the ferocious storm claimed an estimated 10,000 lives and left millions homeless throughout the region.

The company has granted $50,000 to the American Red Cross to help meet the immediate needs of flood victims in the hardest-hit areas. Through its International Relief Delivery Flights Program, Boeing also is working with COPA, the airline of Panama, to airlift 30,000 pounds of medical supplies to Honduras. The supplies were donated by Northwest Medical Teams.

Boeing employees are contributing an additional $92,500 through Employees Community Fund locations in Alabama, Arizona, California, Florida, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas and Washington. Employee contributions are being directed through the American Red Cross International Relief Fund, Feed the Children, Northwest Medical Teams and World Vision.

The Employees Community Fund is the world's largest employee-owned charitable organization. The Fund is locally managed and controlled at Boeing sites across North America, where employees elect board members and determine how local contributions will be distributed.