The Caterpillar Foundation gave a $300,000 donation to the American Red Cross to help in immediate relief efforts last month. Caterpillar at first focused on the safety of Caterpillar employees as the company and its subsidiaries have more than 20 locations throughout Texas.
“This is a devastating storm and our hearts go out to the millions affected, including the thousands of Caterpillar employees in Texas along with their families,” Caterpillar CEO Jim Umpleby said. “We know from decades of partnership with the Red Cross that this organization is unmatched at swiftly putting relief donations to work in the areas they’re needed most.”
Caterpillar dealers throughout the United States added donations and made generators of all sizes available.
“Caterpillar has also [been] sending power generation equipment from other parts of the country to the storm-ravaged areas and started staging equipment for the cleanup efforts that will soon come,” added Umpleby.
The Caterpillar Foundation is also a member of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program, which provides a funding base that allows the Red Cross to respond immediately to the needs of individuals and families impacted by disasters. Caterpillar employee and retiree matching gifts also assisted in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.