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Boeing commits $2M to hurricane relief

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Boeing is committing $2 million to assist with on the ground disaster recovery and relief efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Florida. The pledge 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," David Calhoun, Boeing president and CEO, said in a news release. "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,” Volunteer Florida CEO Josie Tamayo said in the release. "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, the release stated.

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. The company will match qualifying employee contributions made in support of Hurricane Ian relief.

Boeing is active and engaged in Florida, providing a combined $35 million in charitable contributions over the last five years, the release said.

Reach Ross Norton at 864-720-1222.

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