The General Motors Foundation is pledging a revitalizing $500,000 to Habitat For Humanity, in order to assist the victims of the recent tornadoes in Texas. It’s also donating another $50,000 along with a 2013 Chevy Silverado to Forgotten Harvest to assist with the organization’s “Help 4 Oklahoma” campaign to get supplies to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and help those impacted by this week’s devastating tornadoes.
In light of the recent disasters, Habitat For Humanity has been switching their priorities over towards these victims. They will be focusing on clean up, repairs (if applicable), and new home construction.
To add to the large donation, Chevrolet donated 24 Chevy Express Cargo vans in 2012, which were used to help out with those affected by Hurricane Sandy. Now, they will be sent over to the tornado victims in Hood, Johnson, Montague, Parker and Wise counties in Texas. The vans are filled with tools and equipment from Lowe’s and Robert Bosch Tool Corporation.
“From leadership giving and corporate gifts to much-needed vehicles and volunteers to assist with recovery efforts, Dan Akerson, the GM Foundation and Chevrolet are leading the way to help families rebuild their lives. This latest pledge will help the residents of impacted Texas communities come home again,” states Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International.
This wasn’t GM’s first time helping out those in need in 2013. Earlier on, a $1 million grant for neighborhood revitalization efforts in 12 U.S. cities, including Arlington and Austin, Texas, was given.
Since 2004, the GM Foundation has provided more than $7 million to global disaster relief efforts. The Foundation is also a member of the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program to ensure that the Red Cross has funds on hand to provide immediate relief when disaster strikes.