GM Foundation Gives $100,000 to American Red Cross
Funds to help ensure relief is immediate when disasters strike in
DETROIT, 2013-04-20 The General Motors Foundation is providing a
$100,000 grant to the American Red Cross to aid emergency management
officials with relief efforts, to help provide shelter and meals to
those in need and help the organization prepare for and respond to
disasters in Texas.
"The recent events in Boston and West, Texas, and the severe
flooding impacting many Midwestern states remind us that disasters can
happen at any time and it is critical that the Red Cross have the
funds to help communities prepare and respond," said David
Staszak, divisional vice president of Development at the American Red
Cross. Annually, the Red Cross responds to more than 4,000 disasters
in the state of Texas assisting nearly 6,000 families.
While headquartered in Detroit, GM has a significant presence in
"As home to our Arlington assembly plant, we count many Texans as
family, friends and neighbors and want to help them in this time of
great need," said Selim Bingol, vice president, GM Global
Communications and Public Policy and Chairman of the GM Foundation.
"All of us extend our condolences to those affected by the West,
Texas tragedy. We hope that partnering with the Red Cross will help
build more resilient communities across the state."
Since 2004, the GM Foundation has provided more than $7 million to
global disaster relief efforts within the United States. In Texas, the
GM Foundation last year provided nearly half a million dollars to
colleges, nonprofit organizations and students across Texas through
its Plant City Grants, Buick Achievers Scholarship Program and
University Grants initiatives. In 2013, team GM Cares volunteers will
help with neighborhood revitalization efforts in Arlington and Austin
as part of the GM Foundation's $1 million grant to Habitat for
Humanity International announced in January.
The GM Foundation is a member of the American Red Cross Disaster
Responder Program and helps to ensure that the Red Cross has funds on
hand to provide immediate relief when disaster strikes.
Anyone interested in providing support to the disaster relief efforts
can visit www.redcross.org for more information or call