The Boeing Company and its employees have contributed more than $288,000 to relief efforts for people affected by the tornadoes in Oklahoma and Kansas. Employees in these states are also collecting food and essentials to help their fellow residents hit hard by the tornadoes.
Boeing CEO and Chairman Phil Condit toured damaged facilities in Midwest City, Okla., yesterday.
"I have just seen amazing destruction and amazing spirit," said Condit. "Oklahoma City and Boeing people were hit hard by the tornadoes of last Monday but they are working together to recover. The spirit and dedication of the Boeing people in Oklahoma City is amazing. Had I been able to visit Wichita, I'm sure I would have found the same spirit and dedication."
The company granted $150,000 to the American Red Cross to help meet the immediate needs of Midwest residents. Of that amount, $100,000 will assist the American Red Cross in Oklahoma City, and $50,000 will help the American Red Cross in Wichita, Kan. Through the Employees Community Fund, Boeing employees in 10 states have contributed an additional $138,000 to the relief effort, with the majority targeted for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The Salvation Army is also receiving a portion of employee contributions.
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.