NC Chamber Members Step Up to Help Hurricane Florence Recovery Efforts
Businesses across the nation have answered the call to help neighbors in need after Hurricane Florence hit our state and they’ve stepped up in a big way. Below you’ll find a list of NC Chamber members and the contributions they’ve made to assist relief and recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. This information has been aggregated using the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Corporate Citizenship Center’s Disaster Corporate Aid Tracker and updates provided by member companies.
Advance Auto Parts, Inc.
Advance Auto Parts, Inc. will host a donation drive at 40 Raleigh/Triangle-area Advance Auto Parts stores through Sept. 30.
Altice USA donated to a Red Cross chapter in the state and is providing $500,000 of free advertising time to the agency for relief efforts. It will also match employee contributions up to $50,000.
American Airlines donated $1 million to the American Red Cross in anticipation of Hurricane Florence relief efforts. American Airlines donated an additional $300,000 to the American Red Cross and $300,000 to the North Carolina Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund. In addition to the monetary donations, more than 400 team members in Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham will partner with Feeding America to assemble 150,000 pounds of food for food banks across the Carolinas, including the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. More than 10,000 team members in Charlotte will also partner with the Charlotte Douglas International Airport to collect food and water to donate to American’s local charity partner Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina. AAdvantage members can also earn 10 miles for every dollar donated to the Red Cross with a minimum $25 donation through October 5th.
Anheuser-Busch sent six truckloads, or about 300,000 cans, to local wholesalers in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Virginia, who are working with the American Red Cross and other local partners to distribute the water.
AT&T activated of the Text to Donate program for Hurricane Florence recovery efforts in North Carolina, as well as an American Red Cross giving micro-site. People who want to help those affected by Hurricane Florence can text “FLORENCE” to 90999 to give $10* that enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. AT&T also rolled out mobile retail trucks to designated shelters across North Carolina, equipped with charging lockers for those affected by Hurricane Florence, and is working to deliver water, clothing, DirecTV entertainment and Internet access for evacuees at these shelters.
The BB&T Charitable Fund will donate grants totaling $1.5 million to help support disaster relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Florence. The American Red Cross and Samaritan’s Purse will each receive $250,000, and $1 million will be distributed to a variety of local charities in the affected areas.
BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina
BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina (Blue Corss NC) is donating $1.5 million to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund to help residents recover from Hurricane Florence. Blue Cross NC will also match employee donations made to hurricane recovery efforts at 100 percent. Blue Cross NC is also coordinating supply donations, where employees can donate size 4 and 5 diapers, baby wipes and feminine hygiene pads to be donated to the Diaper Bank of North Carolina. The supplies will go towards helping families impacted by Florence.
Carolinas Credit Union League
The Carolinas Credit Union Foundation has received nearly $200,000 in donations from business partners and credit unions in the Carolinas as well as those in the credit union industry outside our states. 100% of the donations collected are directed back into the North and South Carolina communities to credit union employees and volunteers in the form of Disaster Relief Grants. The Carolinas Credit Union Foundation is issuing Disaster Relief Grants in three phases based on the extent of damage and the availability of funds. Through late-October, more than $130,000 in disaster relief grants have been disbursed to 176 credit union employees and volunteers.
Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company
Charlotte Pipe and Foundry Company is donating $100,000 to Hurricane Florence recovery efforts, with half going to the American Red Cross and half to the Salvation Army.
Charter Communications contributed $350,000 to Rebuilding Together to support relief efforts and specifically assist with home repairs and renovations needed in areas impacted by Hurricane Florence. The company is also offering an additional $1 million in public service announcements to air at no cost to assist organizations with fundraising and awareness for disaster relief efforts.
The Cigna Foundation is donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Florence relief efforts and will match Cigna employee donations made to the American Red Cross and other certified organizations.
Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated
Coca-Cola Bottling Company Consolidated donated more than one hundred thousand bottles of water and other beverages to the American Red Cross and other local community organizations to support relief shelters and emergency response efforts.
CSX is donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support Hurricane Florence recovery efforts. The CSX Foundation is also matching employee contributions made to the American Red Cross for disaster relief efforts dollar-for-dollar.
Delta Air Lines
Delta Air Lines donated $1 million to the American Red Cross in anticipation of Hurricane Florence relief efforts. Delta Air Lines also donated an additional $500,000 to the American Red Cross to aid in the relief efforts in the Carolinas.
Delta Dental of North Carolina has donated $10,000 to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund to help those directly impacted by the storm. Additionally, other member companies of the Delta Dental Plans Association from across the country (including Arkansas, California, Colorado, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, and Tennessee) have contributed to help those in need in the Carolinas, bringing total contributions from Delta Dental to $110,000. These contributions were spread among the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund, American Red Cross and Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina. As the storm approached, Delta Dental of North Carolina donated 1,500 toothbrushes to the Triangle American Red Cross, which were distributed to area hurricane evacuation shelters.
Duke Energy restored 1.8 million outages and assembled a team of more than 20,000 that included energy companies from other states and as far away as Canada. Duke Energy has also donated $313,000 and counting in grants to the American Red Cross, NC Farm Bureau Relief Fund and local recovery organizations to assist recovery efforts.
FedEx is pledging more than $1 million in relief aid and is also assisting in the delivery of important relief and medical supplies working with Direct Relief, American Red Cross, Team Rubicon, Heart to Heart International, International Medical Corps and ASPCA.
In support of Hurricane Florence recovery efforts, Food Lion is now accepting financial donations at each of its 1,000 locations to benefit the American Red Cross, its national disaster relief partner. At the register, customers can donate any amount they choose or also roundup their purchase to the nearest dollar. Food Lion will donate 100 percent of all funds raised through September 30, 2018, to the American Red Cross for their Hurricane Florence Disaster Relief efforts.
Google.org is matching up to $2 million benefiting the American Red Cross and an internal match of $500K matching campaign for Google and Googlers to support relief efforts. On Sept. 22, two semi trucks containing 43 pallets of non-perishable foods departed the Google Express Washington, D.C. Market Costco headed to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Google Express is an online marketplace that connects shoppers with select retailers. Google’s Crisis Response Team, which continues to make updates to the Crisis Map, also launched Crowd Source Rescue – you can see it as you scroll to the end of the online SOS information card.
GSK is providing grants to their long-time nonprofit partners – Save the Children, Direct Relief International and Americares – to support their response across affected areas in our home state of North Carolina. GSK employees in RTP are also donating baby supplies for the Diaper Bank of North Carolina, a 2017 GSK IMPACT Award winner, that is supporting young children across the state who are impacted by the disaster.
Honda Aero, Honda Aircraft Company and Honda Power Equipment Manufacturing
To help residents still recovering from the impact of the hurricane, Honda’s North Carolina operations, consisting of Honda Aero, Honda Aircraft Company and Honda Power Equipment Manufacturing, will make a $100,000 contribution to the American Red Cross Eastern North Carolina Region. This contribution is on behalf of the Honda family of companies and will support the Red Cross disaster relief efforts in North Carolina.
IBM is donating services and funds that total $1 million. This includes deploying a Corporate Service Corps team to the Carolinas to focus on recovery; grants to nonprofits engaged in Hurricane Florence response and recovery; a “Response and Recovery Workshop” to showcase new disaster recovery and relief solutions through Call for Code; ad space on weather.com for the American Red Cross; and matching funds for employee donations to the American Red Cross up to $250,000.
Lenovo donated $115,000 to the American Red Cross through WRAL’s “Here to Help” Hurricane Relief initiative.
Lowe’s has committed $2 million to support relief efforts for associates, customers and communities in response to Hurricane Florence’s impact on the Southeast.
Through the financial support of NC REALTORS members, its local associations, and REALTOR associations across the country, NC REALTORS has distributed an estimated $50,000 in relief and recovery supplies to Wilmington, Lumberton, New Bern, Morehead City, Trenton, Jacksonville, and Brunswick County. Also, through the support of the national REALTOR Relief Fund, the NC REALTORS Housing Foundation will provide more than $550,000 in grants to assist those affected with rent or mortgage payments.
The Norfolk Southern Foundation is donating $100,000 to assist in Hurricane Florence recovery efforts in North Carolina. The Foundation, Norfolk Southern’s charitable giving arm, will direct $50,000 to the American Red Cross and $50,000 to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina for relief efforts. As part of the relief effort, the Norfolk Southern Foundation’s Matching Gift program will also match employee gifts of $50 or more to the American Red Cross or to any Feeding America food bank.
North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives
Following Hurricane Florence, electric cooperative crews from across our state and nation worked together to restore a record 326,000 power outages, primarily in hard-hit communities in coastal and southeastern North Carolina. The state’s co-ops, which provide power to 2.5 million North Carolinians, are also aiding in storm recovery through the Human Connections Fund, which has raised more than $150,000 to assist cooperative employees and communities impacted by the storm.
The PepsiCo Foundation is going to donate $1 million in grants to relief agencies and 350,000 meals to communities impacted by Hurricane Florence. The Foundation is giving two $500,000 grants to the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army to provide vital relief resources. The Foundation’s signature nutrition operation Food for Good will provide at least 350,000 nutritious meals to families in affected areas.
The PNC Foundation is donating $500,000 to help those in the areas impacted by Hurricane Florence. The donation includes a $250,000 grant to the American Red Cross to be used for disaster relief efforts related to Hurricane Florence and $250,000 will be allocated through PNC’s local markets once the need in the affected communities can be more fully assessed and understood. The foundation also will match PNC employee contributions to the American Red Cross that support the Hurricane Florence relief effort, up to $100,000. PNC Bank has also assigned a mobile banking unit to Wilmington to assist Hurricane Florence victims in needs of accessing their funds.
After Hurricane Florence hit, RelyMD deployed a team to various shelters to provide care to those who were displaced and to ease the strain on the Wake County EMS system. From September 13th to the 22nd, RelyMD cared for 95 shelter patients who had medical issues ranging from basic to very complex throughout Wake, Orange, and Forsyth counties.
Sanderson Farms has sent more than 200,000 pounds of ice and over 55,000 pounds of chicken to various groups and organizations in North and South Carolina including Operation BBQ Relief, Family of Friends Relief Effort (FFRE) and The American Red Cross. The company has also assisted in providing refrigerated trailers to assist on site organizations with their refrigeration needs. Sanderson Farms will continue outreach across the affected areas and will provide ice and chicken to relief efforts as they are needed.
Smithfield Foods, Inc.
Smithfield Foods, Inc. is donating 480,000 servings of protein through its Helping Hungry Homes® initiative to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina and Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, and has committed $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support ongoing disaster-relief and recovery efforts in the state.
The SunTrust Foundation will commit $300,000 to various disaster relief and recovery efforts to support communities and businesses impacted by Hurricane Florence. The SunTrust Foundation is giving $150,000 to American Red Cross to aid first responders as they bring relief to people who’ve lost their homes and need food and shelter. An additional $150,000 will assist other organizations as ongoing needs are identified. SunTrust Bank will also accept financial donations for American Red Cross relief efforts in all branches Sept. 18 – Oct. 31, 2018.
The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank is donating $100,000 to support immediate relief efforts in North Carolina and South Carolina in the wake of Hurricane Florence, with $50,000 going to the American Red Cross of Cape Fear in North Carolina and $50,000 to the American Red Cross of Eastern South Carolina. TD will provide additional donations to support recovery efforts after impact assessments have been conducted to determine needs.
The Procter & Gamble Company
Over the past few weeks, working out of locations in Fayetteville, New Bern, Jacksonville, and Wilmington, P&G washed more than 1,000 loads of laundry through the company’s Tide Loads of Hope program and distributed more than 1,000 personal care and cleaning kits. P&G has also handed out more than 11,000 rolls of Bounty and Charmin, more than 3,500 Tide Pod samples and nearly 550 bottles of Mr. Clean. Additionally, P&G provided a $50,000 grant to International Medical Corps, whose team was on the ground early on in Morehead City providing medical services and continues to help those in low income areas access needed medical care.
Truliant Federal Credit Union
Truliant Federal Credit Union is donating $10,000 to the Piedmont Triad Chapter of the American Red Cross for relief and rehabilitation efforts.
Tyson Foods sent more than 6,000 team members to North Carolina to prepare meals for those affected by Hurricane Florence. The company’s Meals that Matter mobile disaster relief truck was also sent from its home in Springdale, Arkansas, and Tyson Foods is sent three tractor-trailer loads of product totaling 100,000 pounds, one tractor-trailer load of bagged ice and one tractor-trailer load of bottled water.
UNC – Chapel Hill
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is setting up a $2 million Florence Student Emergency Fund to provide support to students faced with unexpected financial hardships following Hurricane Florence.
UnitedHealth Group and its UnitedHealthcare and Optum businesses are donating $1.5 million to help residents of North Carolina and South Carolina recover and rebuild from Hurricane Florence. UnitedHealth Group will donate $1 million to the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund and $500,000 to the One SC Fund. The company will also match dollar-for-dollar donations employees make to charities supporting recovery efforts.
UPS has made a more than $1 million commitment through The UPS Foundation in support of recovery efforts following the devastating flooding, infrastructure damage and utility outages caused by Hurricane Florence. Through a combination of cash grants, in-kind transportation movements and technical expertise, the company and The UPS Foundation will provide both urgent relief, as well as support for long-term needs ranging from rebuilding to personal and financial recovery assistance. Additionally, the company has deployed skilled volunteers with humanitarian logistics expertise to the American Red Cross and FEMA, to help transportation of needed supplies and to coordinate support with multiple partner agencies providing relief.
The Wells Fargo Foundation will donate $1 million to support hurricane relief efforts with $500,000 going to the American Red Cross and the remaining $500,000 to be disbursed in the coming weeks to non-profits located in affected communities. Wells Fargo customers nationwide who wish to support American Red Cross hurricane relief efforts may also donate through Wells Fargo ATMs or by redeeming any amount of available Go Far ® Rewards for donation through September 28. The company is also allocating $3 million to its WE Care Fund which provides grants to team members who face a catastrophic disaster or financial hardship resulting from an event beyond their control.