RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK—In a show of support for North Carolina residents affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael, RTI International and its employees have donated a combined total of $202,524 to the American Red Cross relief funds.
“RTI employees dedicate their lives to improving the human condition,” said Lisa May, executive vice president of Human Resources at RTI. “Their concern for people extends far beyond the workplace as is evidenced by their generosity in donating to organizations like the American Red Cross.”
Presented on November 27 by RTI’s May to officials representing the Red Cross, the donation enables the Red Cross to continue disaster relief assistance for those persons impacted by these hurricanes, which caused rain and wind damage and widespread flooding along the North Carolina coast and inland cities including Fayetteville, Smithfield, Lumberton, Durham and Chapel Hill.
“We are extremely grateful for the generosity of RTI and all of its employees,” said Mike Zimmerman, chairman of the Board of Directors of the Central North Carolina Chapter of the American Red Cross, who accepted the donation. “This donation will go a very long way to help with our recovery efforts.”
In the space of two months, North Carolina was a victim of these two powerful storms. Hurricane Florence hit Wrightsville Beach on September 14 as a Category 1 storm with heavy rain followed by widespread flooding. Hurricane Michael followed quickly after in October, causing severe storm damage throughout the state, with devastation to NC’s coastal area before moving northward and dissipating on October 16.
RTI employees raised $36,566 of the total donations in support of Hurricane Florence relief. RTI made a $100,000 corporate donation, and a $36,566 match of the employee contribution. For Hurricane Michael relief efforts, employees donated $2,196, with RTI matching that contribution and making an additional $25,000 corporate donation.