Local Red Cross Chapter Shares Grant
Philadelphia, PA September 30, 2011 - State Farm, the nation’s largest home and auto insurer, has donated $100,000 to help families recover from Hurricane Irene that caused flooding and power outages across the region. The grants will provide much need support for food, shelter and clean-up.
In Pennsylvania, the American Red Cross of Lehigh Valley and the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pa. each received grants of $10,000. A formal presentation was conducted at the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania chapter in Philadelphia earlier today. “We are delighted that we have been selected to receive the grant for $10,000 to assist with the relief efforts following Hurricane Irene”, said Southeastern PA Red Cross CEO, Judge Renée Cardwell Hughes. “The Red Cross is funded solely through donations from the public and not by the government. Consequently, the generosity of companies like State Farm is vital to the Red Cross being able to support the people of Pennsylvania and around the country during times of disaster.”
New Jersey was also one of the heaviest hit areas, and three organizations in the state -- the American Red Cross of Northern N.J., the United Way of Passaic County, and the Department of Health and Human Services for the city of Paterson - are each receiving a $10,000 grant. In New York, State Farm is partnering with the Crofts Corner Fire Company; Metropolitan Fire Association, Richmond Hill C.E.R.T and Rescue, and the American Red Cross of Northeastern N.Y. with $10,000 grants.
The company brought in national catastrophe team members from across the country to help expedite claim handling in the affected areas, while its Public Affairs department is active in helping families meet their immediate needs of shelter, food and clean water, as well as providing Good NeighBears to children in affected areas.
“Community organizations working in disaster preparedness and recovery are always the first on the scene when disaster strikes,” State Farm spokesperson Dave Phillips said. “We are proud to partner with every one of these organizations and support the work they do for our communities. We also realize that moments like this put an additional burden on non-profit organizations and we hope our assistance will have a positive impact on the work they are doing.”
State Farm policyholders affected by Irene should call their agent or dial 1-800-SFClaim for claim information.
“State Farm applauds the hard work and community spirit the people in the Northeast have shown in response to Irene,” State Farm Northeast Vice President - Agency, John Raube said. “State Farm agents, employees and catastrophe teams are doing all we can to help our customers during these difficult times.”
Part of the State Farm mission is to help people recover from the unexpected, and this is our time to display our Good Neighbor spirit.
Dave Phillips, Regional Public Affairs (610) 358-7667.
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