CHICAGO, Dec. 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing [NYSE: BA] is committing $1 million to assist with disaster recovery and relief efforts across the Midwest and Southern United States in the aftermath of last week's unprecedented tornado outbreak.
"The damage caused by these tornadoes is devastating, and Boeing and our employees stand ready to assist our neighbors and colleagues who have been affected," said Ziad S. Ojakli, executive vice president of Government Operations. "We are committed to partnering with organizations that will quickly bring relief to those communities hardest hit by these storms so that residents can begin to pick up the pieces and start the rebuilding process."
Funding from Boeing and the Boeing Charitable Trust will support the following organizations:
- $250,000 to American Red Cross for mental health support, food and water, and emergency shelter in the region;
- $250,000 to Feeding America to provide food, water, supplies and support for member food banks; and
- $200,000 to Americares to provide medical support and supplies to local health care facilities serving low-income, uninsured and underinsured families.
- $200,000 to Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund, an initiative created by Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear to support funeral expenses and rebuilding efforts;
- $50,000 to Samaritan's Purse to support disaster response units and volunteers with debris cleanup and home repair; and
- $50,000 Humane Society of the U.S. to transport animals out of the affected area, help with search and rescue missions, and provide medical care.
"Feeding America and local member food banks are working hard to support our neighbors who were impacted by the recent tornadoes," said Lauren Biedron, vice president of Corporate Partnerships at Feeding America. "We are deeply grateful for Boeing's support, which will allow us to continue providing food, water and essential supplies to the most heavily impacted areas."
"Samaritan's Purse is so thankful for Boeing's support and generous donation to our tornado response efforts," said Franklin Graham, president of Samaritan's Purse. "This gift is supporting our work in Kentucky and Arkansas as we help families who were devastated by the deadly tornadoes start to recover from the storms. Thank you for providing both physical help and hope to these hurting families."
In addition to corporate charitable investments, Boeing employees give to their local communities by participating in volunteer and charitable gift match programs. Consistent with Boeing employee gift match programs, the company will match qualifying employee contributions made in support of tornado relief.
Disaster recovery and relief efforts align with Boeing's ongoing commitment to the communities where our colleagues live and work. Boeing employs more than 18,000 people in Missouri and Illinois and employs an additional 1,100 employees in Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio and Tennessee.
Boeing is active and engaged in the Midwest and Southern U.S., contributing a combined $140 million in charitable contributions across both regions over the last five years. Boeing has donated $13 million to disaster relief and humanitarian efforts globally in 2021.
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