SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., Oct. 12, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- In response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation has announced it will match up to $250,000 in new funds donated to Hope for Haiti. The nonprofit organization has been working to mobilize relief teams and provide food, clean water, medical supplies, temporary shelter and critical disaster relief to those impacted by the storm. Hope for Haiti is a 4-star Charity Navigator rated organization, its highest designation, and currently one of only a few nonprofits highlighted by the charity watchdog for their work in Haiti in response to Hurricane Matthew.
"Years ago we pledged our support to the wonderful people of Haiti, and they need that support now more than ever," said American entrepreneur and philanthropist, Bob Parsons. "Hope for Haiti is on the frontlines helping those hit hardest by this unthinkable disaster and we will continue to uphold our commitment to their efforts."
Nearly 1,000 people have lost their lives, and thousands more have lost homes, in the wake of the Category 4 hurricane that brought 145 mile-per-hour winds and pouring rain to the small, impoverished nation. It has been estimated that some areas in Haiti face up to 90 percent destruction, with near total loss of homes, structures and crops. Hope for Haiti is not only a "boots on the ground" force making a difference in these areas, their focus for 27 years has been on the very areas that were hit hardest by the storm, that of southern Haiti.
"We cannot thank the Parsons enough for what they have done in Haiti and for reaching out during this time of need," said Hope for Haiti's Board Chair, Tiffany Kuehner. "We have a long road ahead, but with the help of our partners, like The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation, we will rebuild."
The Parsons have been longtime supporters of Hope for Haiti and have visited the area on humanitarian missions on numerous occasions. Previous grants have improved school and medical facilities as well as provided funding for the care of elderly citizens and orphaned children.
"Our hearts break for the people of Haiti and we feel compelled to do what we can to support relief efforts that are bringing critical supplies, and hope, to so many in need," said businesswoman and philanthropist, Renee Parsons.
In addition to its work with Hope for Haiti, The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation deals primarily in the areas of homelessness, medical care, at-risk youth, education and veterans' support. The Foundation provides transformational gifts to nonprofit organizations that are successfully addressing these issues and can demonstrate and measure the impact of their work. To learn more about The Foundation and organizations they support, visit tbrpf.org.
About The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation
The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation inspires hope by providing critical funding at critical times to communities striving to make a difference. The Foundation primarily focuses on issues in the greater Phoenix area. The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation believes every person is entitled to an education, good nutrition, medical care, a stress-free, happy environment and the hope that they too, will share in the American Dream. The Foundation provides funding to nonprofit organizations that are successfully addressing these essential needs. The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation is also committed to the children of Haiti, helping to grow and improve schools, medical services and overall well-being for communities in rural Haiti. tbrpf.org.
About Hope for Haiti
Hope for Haiti is a Naples, Florida, based 501(c)(3) charitable organization with the mission to improve the quality of life for the Haitian people, particularly children. Building upon 27 years of experience, Hope for Haiti works in five core program areas (Education, Healthcare, Water, Infrastructure and Economy) to connect, heal and empower communities in the Greater South of Haiti. Hope for Haiti is a 4-star rated charity by Charity Navigator and is a participant at the Gold Level through the GuideStar Exchange, two leading independent evaluators recognizing the organization's transparency and careful stewardship of donor resources.
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