NEW YORK, Dec. 5, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, nearly 4,000 people and 20 organizations have contributed more than $6 million to help classrooms impacted by the storms and flooding. To date, more than 3,600 classroom project requests have been funded, helping provide teachers with items to rebuild their classrooms and support their students, such as books, furniture, basic school supplies, technology, and personal items for students. Donors continue to fund projects from classrooms in communities that sustained damage from the hurricanes.
"Thousands of teachers have had to rebuild their classrooms or relocate to other facilities after these historic storms. Every classroom is unique and so many teachers invest countless hours and dollars into creating a wonderful learning environment where students can thrive," said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org. "At DonorsChoose.org, we're fortunate to have a wonderful community of donors and corporate and foundation partners from across the country who rushed to provide assistance. With their help, we hope teachers and students can get back to learning as quickly as possible."
Organizations that contributed to the recovery efforts for Hurricane Harvey and/or Hurricane Irma include Best Buy, Boosterthon Fun Run, CA Technologies, Chevron, Goldman Sachs Gives, Perry & Donna Golkin Family Foundation, Craig Newmark Philanthropies, The DICK'S Sporting Goods Foundation, Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Orkin Pest Control, PwC, Red Nose Day, the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, SONIC Drive-In, Sprint, Staples, Townsend Press, the Uncle Smarty Foundation, and an anonymous donor.
To support projects from teachers and students impacted by Hurricane Harvey, please visit www.donorschoose.org/hurricane-harvey. To support projects from teachers and students impacted by Hurricane Irma, please visit www.donorschoose.org/hurricane-irma.
DonorsChoose.org is the leading platform for giving to public schools. Teachers across America use the site to create projects requesting resources their students need, and donors give to the projects that inspire them. Since its founding by a Bronx teacher in 2000, more than 2.9 million people and partners have given over $612 million to projects reaching 25 million students. Unique among education funding platforms, the DonorsChoose.org team vets each project request and ships resources directly to the school. Every donor receives photos of their project in action, thank-yous from the classroom, and a cost report showing how every dollar was spent. DonorsChoose.org was the first charity to make the top 10 on Fast Company's list of the Most Innovative Companies in the World.