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CSG Associates Support Hurricane Harvey
Relief Efforts

By Liz Roach, CSG development manager
A Category 4 storm, Hurricane Harvey, has caused extensive damage in the Gulf area, particularly in greater Houston, Texas. In the wake of the storm, many CSG Associates have stepped up and provided assistance to those in need. CSG is proud to share the good work that our Associates have extended toward relief in the aftermath of this historic storm.  
The American Bankers Association, or ABA, and its subsidiaries have pledged $100,000 to help seed a special Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. ABA will also match employee contributions to any relief fund aimed at helping victims along the western Gulf Coast. Local community banks have offered other institutions everything from their mobile branches to cashing checks for noncustomers and providing shelter for their fellow employees.
The Amgen Foundation has committed $100,000 to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. They are supporting Direct Relief International with an $80,000 donation to support their work assisting community health centers devastated by recent flooding, and a $20,000 donation to the American Kidney Fund’s Disaster Relief Program to assist dialysis patients affected by Hurricane Harvey. Additionally, the Amgen Foundation is mobilizing a disaster relief matching gift program allowing Amgen staff around the world to donate any amount to identified support agencies, and the Amgen Foundation will match donations dollar for dollar.
Cargill and its businesses have made initial contributions of nearly $150,000 to support local relief efforts led by the American Red Cross and Feeding America food banks to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Additionally, Cargill Animal Nutrition is donating 150,000 tons (the equivalent of six truckloads) of animal feed valued at $100,000 and is working closely with state agencies and veterinary associates to distribute to animals in need in the area.
CompTIA is providing matching donations to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Any donor who contributes to @heart_to_heart via http://bit.ly/CompTIACares and selects “CompTIA” as their matching company, will receive a two-to-one match on their contribution.
CVS Health and the CVS Health Foundation have donated $200,000 in cash and in-kind product donations to organizations helping with relief efforts for those affected by the hurricane.
Edison Electric Institute has dedicated more than 10,000 workers to the Harvey response and recovery effort. This includes crews, lineworkers and support personnel from the impacted companies and mutual assistance crews from at least 20 states across the country. The EEI Storm Center website has additional resources, including a map to company outage centers, as well as real-time information and updates on response and restoration progress.
Esri’s Disaster Response Team is mobilizing direct assistance to its users, including the American Red Cross, the Texas Department of Emergency Management and FEMA. They are coordinating support between users ensuring they have the technology, data and related information they need. Additionally, Esri is working closely with volunteer groups including GISCorps and others to provide the appropriate level of support and professional services.
The Hospital Corporation of America, or HCA Healthcare, has given up to $2 million toward hurricane relief in Texas, with $1 million toward the American Red Cross and up to $1 million toward the HCA Hope Fund, the company’s employee assistance nonprofit organization. Additionally, HCA's Emergency Operations Team is staffing the HCA Command Center 24/7 and is working with Texas hospitals and caregivers to coordinate ongoing support.  
The Institute for Building Technology and Safety is sponsoring a food truck, sending complimentary experts to provide support and guidance, organizing a food drive, supporting FEMA safety initiatives and providing other support.
Johnson & Johnson has sent 25,000 hygiene kits stocked with soap, shampoo, toothpaste and other personal care items to emergency shelters and aid distribution centers.
McKesson Corporation and the McKesson Foundation have committed to $100,000 in financial support to nonprofit Direct Relief and a $150,000 in-kind donation of medical supplies to World Vision. In addition, McKesson is matching donations made by its employees through the company’s donation matching program.
Anheuser-Busch of the National Beer Wholesalers Association has paused beer production to produce and ship emergency canned drinking water to storm victims.
The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, working through the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council, is coordinating the electric power sector's response with the federal government at the highest levels. Progress is being made to restore power safely and efficiently in areas where damage assessments have been completed and flooding is not an issue. Mutual assistance crews from throughout Texas are responding on behalf of those co-ops that sustained damage, and others from more than a dozen states have offered resources to support restoration efforts.
Prior to the hurricane’s arrival, Novartis Pharmaceuticals equipped associates with emergency preparedness resources. Novartis is also working to provide additional support to displaced associates and offering the Fort Worth campus as a safe place to work, shower and eat. They are working to implement business continuity plans to ensure patients and medical professionals have continued access to medical devices and pharmaceutical products. The company is donating $100,000 to the American Red Cross to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, and is also prepared to donate essential medicines.
Oasis Financial has created a GoFundMe event to help raise money for impacted victims. The donations that are raised will be distributed to the Houston Flood Relief Fund, Samaritans Purse and Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. https://www.gofundme.com/houston-victims-of-hurricane-harvey   
The Procter & Gamble Company, or P&G, has deployed The Matthew 25: Ministries’ Disaster Response Team, including the Tide Loads of Hope Mobile Unit, providing free full service laundry. The team will distribute personal care and cleaning products including Always, Crest, Gillette, Pantene, Pampers and Secret free to residents. In addition, P&G is providing financial contributions to support the ongoing disaster relief operations of the American Red Cross, AmeriCares and Save the Children. They have also created a P&G Employee Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund so employees and retirees have an additional way to contribute to relief efforts.
The Professional Beauty Association's Disaster Relief Fund is helping salon professionals recover from the devastation of natural disasters.
Walgreen Co. is donating food items, first aid and medical equipment including blood pressure cuffs, glucometer strips, catheters and transport wheelchairs to the American Red Cross emergency shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. Additionally, Walgreens is working with United Airlines to transport the first aid and medical items from Chicago to Houston on a flight with relief supplies. In preparation for Hurricane Harvey, Walgreens staged portable generators throughout southeast Texas and deployed them to a number of stores. Walgreens provided one of those generators to the City of Victoria, Texas to support its city facilities. They are donating $200,000 to the American Red Cross.
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation have committed up to $20 million in support of relief efforts in response to the severe weather impacting the Gulf region. This includes $10 million focused on support of American Red Cross shelters and $2 million in support of the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation. 
CSG Associates headquartered or with significant facilities and employees in the Houston area include American Electric Power, Chevron, Exxon Mobil, Marathon Petroleum and Waste Management, among others. We send our best wishes to those rebuilding after Harvey. 
Associates in Action articles highlight the philanthropic efforts and public-private partnerships of members of the CSG Associates Program, our consortium of private-sector entities, national trade associations and nonprofits that support the work of The Council of State Governments.