January 18, 2010 – Caterpillar Inc.
is supplying money and equipment to help the disaster relief efforts in Haiti,
Aggregate Research has reported.
Already the company, through its
dealer network, is assisting in search and rescue efforts by mobilizing
equipment, personnel and other resources to help government and other agencies,
the company said.
"Our dealer network already has
been keeping us well informed of the situation there and where we can
help," said company spokeswoman Bridget Young.
The Caterpillar Foundation is making
an initial contribution of $200,000 to international Red Cross and Red Crescent
relief efforts. The foundation, said Young, will continue to monitor the
long-term recovery needs of the region and may provide additional support.
She also said the foundation will
match dollar for dollar Caterpillar employee, retiree and Cat dealer employee
financial contributions to the Red Cross of up to $100,000. Altogether, the
combined disaster relief will equal $400,000.
In addition to this financial
contribution, the Caterpillar Foundation has several disaster relief recovery
and rebuilding efforts already in place to help immediately when a disaster
occurs (funds with Red Cross, World Food Programme, CHF International and Pan
American Development Foundation).
"We are continuing to work with
these agencies to assess additional needs," the company said.
Young said Caterpillar has long been
a company that tries to help when disaster strikes anywhere in the world.
"Team Caterpillar has always
pulled together in time of crisis to help those in need, whether it be our
employees, the foundation, our dealer network, and the crisis in Haiti in no
exception," Young said.
"We have compassion for those
affected by this disaster and we have the opportunity, through our foundation
and our dealer network, to reach out and help. When we can, we do," she
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