ST. LOUIS, Oct. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Enterprise Holdings Foundation – the philanthropic arm of the world's largest car rental company – is supporting post-Hurricane Matthew disaster relief and recovery efforts in the United States and Haiti.
In the U.S., the Foundation is donating $150,000 to the American Red Cross to help with clean-up efforts in the Southeast. The donation will be used to supply household clean-up kits to local residents so that they may begin cleaning and sanitizing areas affected by flood waters. These kits contain such items as mops, brooms, squeegees, pails, scrub brushes and sponges, plus disinfectants, detergents/degreasers, bleach, trash bags,gloves and dust masks.
In addition, the Enterprise Holdings Foundation is donating $100,000 to Americares in Haiti to support basic health care for survivors. Americares will use the funds to provide intravenous fluids to treat cholera and medical supplies to treat storm-related injuries in Haiti.
"After a major natural catastrophe, there's always a need to support disaster relief teams as they lead clean-up efforts and medical-care initiatives," said Carolyn Kindle Betz, Vice President and Executive Director of the Enterprise Holdings Foundation. "However, this hurricane's path of destruction was particularly extensive, which means many towns and cities were significantly affected. Our hope is that these contributions will help speed the recovery process along the East Coast and in Haiti."
The Enterprise Foundation also is part of the American Red Cross Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP). The Foundation donates $1 million annually to the ADGP, which enables the Red Cross to immediately respond during hurricanes, floods and other disasters by positioning emergency supplies in strategic locations ahead of time. This year's $250,000 donation to the Red Cross and to Americares supplements the Foundation's multi-million dollar commitment to the ADGP.
For example, after Hurricane Matthew, Enterprise Rent-A-Car began working with the insurance industry and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) personnel to help meet the transportation needs of residents, as well as first responders traveling to the Southeast region. To that end, Enterprise immediately deployed vehicles from nearby states and also re-allocated thousands of brand-new models, resulting in more than 24,000 additional rental vehicles in affected portions of Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina. Enterprise also has dropped one-way fees for FEMA employees to further support their efforts.
All of these efforts collectively reflect an intuitive and sustainable business strategy that not only supports local transportation infrastructure and long-term relationships, but also reflects a strong sense of community and collaboration.
"Enterprise, National and Alamo employees always rise to the occasion in situations like these," said Kindle Betz, granddaughter of the late Jack Taylor, who founded Enterprise Holdings in 1957. "The Taylor family couldn't be more proud of their round-the-clock work to deliver ground transportation in local neighborhoods and at the airport. So it is truly an honor for the Foundation to be able to complement their efforts with philanthropic donations that help make a difference."
For more information about the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, visit: https://www.enterpriseholdings.com/en/corporate-citizenship/enterprise-holdings-foundation.html
About Enterprise Holdings Foundation
The Enterprise Holdings Foundation gives back to the communities where Enterprise, National and Alamo customers and employees live and work. Since its founding in 1982, the Foundation has contributed more than $266 million to thousands of local nonprofits focused on community improvement, education and environmental stewardship.
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