disaster relief

Abbott Partners with Nonprofits to Provide Disaster Relief - Before the Storm

After a hurricane, every second counts. That's why Abbott is helping community food banks and clinics prepare proactively.

It’s not enough to be reactive when hurricanes strike— for hurricane season, the best defense is a good offense. Advance preparation ensures that aid can be delivered more quickly, ultimately saving more lives.

All Hands on Deck: Employees Team up to Assist Flood Victims

Medtronic Young Professionals partner with All Hands - an international disaster relief organization. Together, they helped those in Louisiana following devastating floods.

Donning a hooded protective jumpsuit, ventilation mask and heavy work gloves – only her smiling eyes are visible as she raises a 20-pound sledge hammer high above her head.

“Not your average day of work,” said Kelli Gutow as she smashes through a wall of mold-infested beams.

Kelli is one of 15 Medtronic employees who recently spent a week volunteering with All Hands Volunteers to provide disaster relief efforts for residents in Denham Springs, Louisiana.

AEP Releases 2018 Corporate Accountability Report; New Sustainability Goals Unveiled


American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP) issued its 12th annual Corporate Accountability Report to provide a comprehensive view of AEP’s progress as a business and community partner.

The report details AEP’s developments in energy and technology, social responsibility, community investments and environmental stewardship, as well as information on the company’s business strategy, governance and financial performance.

Restoring Power in Puerto Rico was ‘Experience of a Lifetime’

Duke Energy workers reflect on what they gave, what they received in Puerto Rico

For Duke Energy lineworkers who helped restore power in Puerto Rico, the nearly two months they spent on the hurricane-ravaged island changed them in ways they never expected.

Some returned home with a refreshed outlook on life.

“You realize what you’re blessed with back at home, as far as family, work and friends – the things you hold dear to your heart,” said Craig Mustard of Lebanon, Ohio.

Others learned to become more resourceful on the job.

Microsoft Philanthropies Donates $1.8 million to Team Rubicon to Support Disaster Recovery

The veteran-built nonprofit will receive technology, services and training to overhaul its technology platform and fuel data-driven intelligence

The veteran-built nonprofit will receive technology, services and training to overhaul its technology platform and fuel data-driven intelligence

By Jennifer Langston

When Rich Kulesa arrived as a Team Rubicon volunteer in a small Texas town flooded by Hurricane Harvey, he found neighborhood streets still littered with unsalvageable furniture, televisions, clothes, strollers — the entire contents of people’s lives mounded up on the curb.

SCE Puerto Rico Power Restoration Effort Expands

A family with a disabled son gets power for the first time in five months

As other utilities complete their power restoration assignments and leave Puerto Rico, Southern California Edison’s work on the island has expanded to include new territory.

SCE’s first incident management team arrived in Puerto Rico in December to help set up restoration efforts in Ponce on the south side of the island. Since then, SCE’s teams have been planning and coordinating repairs.

Guest Post: Timberland PRO Team Leaves Service Footprint at Children’s Home in Puerto Rico

By: Jason Blades, Community Service Manager

I recently had the opportunity to visit Puerto Rico to help the Timberland PRO team plan and execute a two-day service event in conjunction with its spring sales meeting. Moved by the devastation caused by last fall’s Hurricane Maria and eager to make a difference, the PRO team decided to change its usual regional meetings and meet as one national team in Puerto Rico. Community service is core to Timberland’s DNA, so it’s not unusual for us to build service into key company events such as sales meetings, vendor summits, and more.

LA Galaxy Donates $10,000 to United Way of Santa Barbara County in Support of Thomas Fire & Flood Fund

Galaxy meets with Thomas Fire and Mudslide first responders prior to preseason match vs. Fresno FC in Santa Barbara, Calif.
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AEG’s LA Galaxy recently donated $10,000 to United Way of Santa Barbara County in support of the Thomas Fire & Flood Fund following the severe aftermath of the wildfires and flooding that affected the Santa Barbara area in December 2017.

In addition to the team’s donation, the Galaxy hosted 75 first responders and individuals affected by the natural disaster for a private meet-and-greet with the entire first-team roster and coaching staff prior to the Galaxy vs. FC Fresno preseason match at Harder Stadium in Santa Barbara, Calif.

Astellas USA Foundation in 2017 - A Year of Making a Difference


From the young girl who gets to attend a science camp for free, to the family stranded in a shelter after a hurricane, to the sick child and his family aboard a Miracle Flight, on their way to receive specialized medical care. These are just some of the people Astellas USA Foundation helped in 2017 through partnerships and grants – and there are many more. Behind every grant, volunteer activity or funded event are people, all of whom were helped by Astellas USA Foundation.

Duke Energy Uses Drones to Restore Power in Puerto Rico

Drones are able to traverse mountains and ravines not accessible by foot

More than 220 Duke Energy workers have been working to restore power in Puerto Rico since January, and they have found a new way to string lines and navigate the challenging mountain terrain: drones.

Workers are scouring the island for broken poles and downed power lines that, in some places, are buried under five months’ worth of overgrown vegetation after Hurricane Maria left the electrical system in pieces in October.


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