ARLINGTON, Va., Oct. 3, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- Boeing (NYSE: BA) is committing $2 million to assist with on the ground disaster recovery and relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, the company announced. This includes a $750,000 donation to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, the state's lead agency for volunteer and national service that directly manages the Florida Disaster Relief fund.
"The destruction left behind in the wake of Hurricane Ian is devastating and heartbreaking. Our thoughts go out to our colleagues and all those impacted by the storms," said David Calhoun, Boeing president and CEO. "Boeing and our teammates stand ready to support the people of Florida, and we are hopeful that this assistance will help with ongoing search and rescue missions as well as bring some relief to those who are suffering."
"On behalf of Volunteer Florida, we would like to thank Boeing for their significant financial contribution to the Florida Disaster Fund in response to the state-wide recovery efforts from Hurricane Ian, said CEO of Volunteer Florida Josie Tamayo. "Their contribution to the Florida Disaster Fund will help provide essential services in rebuilding our affected communities."
Included in the $2 million commitment from Boeing and the Boeing Charitable Trust is a grant of $200,000 to the American Red Cross for evacuation centers across the state. The more than $1 million remaining will fund additional organizations to help impacted Florida communities with short and long-term needs such as clean up, repairs and rebuilding.
"Thanks to Boeing's generous donation, the Red Cross and our partners are on the ground supporting those in need after Hurricane Ian came ashore as a powerful Category 4 storm," said Anne McKeough, chief development officer at the American Red Cross. "We are grateful for partners like Boeing as we work together to provide help and hope for communities in the wake of this destructive hurricane."
In addition to corporate charitable investments, Boeing employees give to their local communities by participating in volunteer programs, gift matching programs and the Employee Disaster Relief Fund – an employee-managed fund that provides individual disaster aid for employees affected by hurricanes and other natural disasters. Consistent with Boeing employee gift match programs, the company will match qualifying employee contributions made in support of Hurricane Ian relief.
Disaster recovery and relief efforts in Florida align with Boeing's ongoing commitment to the communities where the company has a presence. Boeing employs more than 2,730 people in Florida, who support both defense and commercial customers in the areas of space, aircraft modifications and sustainment, and commercial aviation services with the largest concentrations in Kennedy Space Center, Fort Walton Beach, Jacksonville and Miami.
Boeing is active and engaged in Florida, providing a combined $35 million in charitable contributions over the last five years.
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