Superstorm Sandy ripped through the east coast. We’re stepping just a tad outside our typical subject matter in this post and giving you a glimpse at which companies have stepped up to make charitable donations. Many of the companies listed below are also involving employees and consumers in their efforts.
Members of the American Airlines AAdvantage® program can support relief efforts by donating to the American Red Cross to help provide victims with shelter, food and other assistance. Through Nov. 30, 2012, AAdvantage members will earn a one-time award of 250 AAdvantage miles for a minimum donation of $50, or 500 AAdvantage miles for a donation of $100 or more to American Red Cross Disaster Relief. Members of the American Airlines AAdvantage® program can support relief efforts by donating to the American Red Cross to help provide victims with shelter, food and other assistance.
United Airlines today announced that it will support the efforts of the American Red Cross, Americares and Feeding America to provide aid to those affected by super storm Sandy on the East Coast and Midwest. The United Airlines Foundation will donate up to a total of $50,000 to match donations from United customers and co-workers to the partner organizations. In addition, United is also offering MileagePlus bonus award miles for cash donations to these organizations. MileagePlus members who give a minimum of $50 will receive 250 bonus miles, and those who contribute $100 or more will receive 500 bonus miles. The airline is committing up to 5 million miles for contributions to support this initiative.
Chevrolet donated 50 Silverado full-size pickup trucks and Express cargo vans to the American Red Cross for use in relief and recovery efforts following Hurricane Sandy and other storms buffeting the Eastern seaboard and nearby states. In addition to the vehicle donation, the GM Foundation earlier donated $250,000 to the AmericanRed Cross Disaster Responder Program.
Ford employees and Ford Motor Company Fund are donating $50,000 to the American Red Cross and its chapters to assist with disaster relief in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.
Toyota today announced a $1 million contribution to the American Red Cross and other nonprofit organizations to support relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Sandy in the regions worst-hit by the storm. In addition, Toyota will match employee contributions to the American Red Cross and other non-profits doing relief and recovery work in affected communities.
The Volkswagen of America Foundation, on behalf of the Volkswagen Group of America, announced today that it will make an immediate donation of $500,000 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Sandy relief to provide support for affected areas across the Northeast.
The Bank of America Charitable Foundation today announced it will donate $1 million to support relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy including $500,000 to the American Red Cross Hurricanes 2012 fund. As relief efforts evolve in the coming weeks, the remaining $500,000 will be directed to national, regional and local nonprofits to support long-term recovery needs. Under the company’s disaster relief program, Bank of America customers affected may qualify to receive credit line increases, modify or extend payments , receive special assistance with lost, missing or late payments, avoid early withdrawal penalties on CDs or receive a refund on any overdraft, non-sufficient funds (NSF) and non-Bank of America ATM fees incurred as a result of storm conditions.
Wells Fargo is donating $1 million for relief efforts, including $250,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. Most of Wells Fargo’s more than 12,000 ATMs in the U.S. will be able to accept donations for American Red Cross relief efforts. The company also is expanding its Wells Fargo Mobile deposit services in the impacted areas. People can donate to the American Red Cross at Wells Fargo ATMs through Nov. 13. The bank is not charging fees for this service and all money will go to the Red Cross.
Capital One today announced a $1 million commitment to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. Capital One’s cash contributions include $200,000 in emergency relief grants and an additional $600,000 to support longer-term recovery efforts. Capital One will also match up to $200,000 in contributions made by customers through the Capital One No Hassle Giving site (that allows cardholders to donate cash or credit card rewards) for gifts made to the American Red Cross and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD).
TD Bank Group and the TD Charitable Foundation will donate a combined $500,000 to the American Red Cross to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. The bank also announced an assistance program for customers impacted by the hurricane. The program includes fee refunds, waived early withdrawal penalties, and expedited delivery of debit or credit cards.
BNY Mellon and its employees have moved quickly to help those in need. The company plans to contribute at least $1 million to the American Red Cross, local food banks and agencies engaged to support basic urgent needs in the wake of the storm. BNY Mellon’s Hurricane Sandy relief fund includes a $500,000 corporate gift and an additional $500,000 in matching funds available for disaster relief contributions made by its employees.
Lowe’s announced that it will donate $1 million to disaster relief and rebuilding efforts in communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. Lowe’s will work with its national nonprofit partners to provide both immediate and long-term support to local communities across the Northeast. As part of the $1 million pledge and to help raise awareness for hurricane victims, Lowe’s will match the earnings of five-time Sprint Cup champion Jimmie Johnson from Sunday’s NASCAR race at Texas Motor Speedway, with a minimum donation of $250,000 to the American Red Cross. Johnson and Hendrick Motorsports together will donate an additional $48,000 to the Red Cross. In addition to the Red Cross donation, Lowe’s will use the remainder of its $1 million commitment to fund local projects in areas of greatest need as identified by its national nonprofit partners.
RadioShack Corp. today announced a $50,000 donation to the American Red Cross to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. RadioShack also encourages customers to join them in supporting the Red Cross. Through mobile donations, the customers can donate $10 to American Red Cross directly by texting RED CROSS to 90999, then confirming the donation. The donation amount will appear on the customer’s next monthly invoice. RadioShack will be also be using its social media channels to share mobile donation instructions and encourage additional contributions.
The Toys”R”Us Children’s Fund announced it will make a $500,000 donation to Save the Children, a global humanitarian organization, to support its initial work and assessment of needs for children and families in evacuation shelters. These funds will also help the organization distribute much-needed items, including hygiene kits, diapers, and baby wipes.
CVS Caremark today announced a donation of more than $100,000 to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund to provide much-needed support to communities that have been affected by Hurricane Sandy. A donation of $50,000 was made from the Company’s foundation, the CVS Caremark Charitable Trust. In addition, CVS/pharmacy is providing snacks and bottled water valued at more than $50,000 to distribute in communities in New Jersey that were impacted by the hurricane.
Rite Aid announced that The Rite Aid Foundation will donate $100,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund to help the victims, families and communities affected by Hurricane Sandy. In addition, Rite Aid will work closely with the American Red Cross to assess specific needs for other donations of emergency supplies.
Walgreens will donate $250,000 to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund. The company also is donating three semitrailer truckloads of bottled water to a Red Cross facility in New Brunswick, N.J.,. Walgreens stores in the region also are donating merchandise in response to community requests that have come in since the storm’s impact.
Kellogg Company announced a $500,000 commitment to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts. The donation includes a $250,000 cash contribution from Kellogg’s Corporate Citizenship Fund (KCCF) to the American Red Cross and $250,000 in food to Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger-relief charity.
Met-Ed customers who lost power as a result of Hurricane Sandy can receive one bag of ice and two gallons of water at no charge at any Giant Food Store, Redner or Redner Quick Shoppes or at select emergency response facilities throughout Met-Ed’s service territory. Due to the high demand for water and ice prior to the storm, supplies are limited.
The New York Yankees will donate $500,000 to the American Red Cross to support local relief efforts.
The Western Union Foundation will provide a total of $75,000 in combined grants to the American Red Cross and the International Federation of the Red Cross Red Crescent Societies to support rebuilding efforts in Jamaica and Cuba. To encourage and support employee philanthropy, The Western Union Foundation will match all employee donations to the foundation two-for-one for U.S.-based employees. Under its Agent Gift Match program, Western Union will provide a dollar-for-dollar match of qualifying Agent contributions to NGOs providing disaster relief support in the impacted regions.
Wine and spirits company Pernod Ricard USA announced a $100,000 contribution to the American Red Cross.
What other Super Storm Sandy efforts have you seen championed by companies? Add them in the comments below!