RTI International and its staff members have donated $70,300 to the American Red Cross Hurricane Matthew relief funds for the Caribbean and the United States.
According to CNN, Hurricane Matthew resulted in the death of 45 people in the United States (25 of which were in North Carolina) and of more than 1,000 in Haiti, where RTI has staff and projects. In Haiti, Hurricane Matthew was the strongest storm to hit in half a century, flooding villages and destroying crops. In North Carolina in the U.S., officials believe the state experienced flooding on a level unseen since Hurricane Floyd in 1999, with damages still being assessed.
In support of relief efforts, RTI donated $25,000 and offered to match employee contributions. In response, more than 240 staff members contributed $22,650, which RTI matched for a total contribution of $70,300. The donations were nearly evenly split between U.S. and Caribbean relief efforts.
“The generosity of staff in support of this effort is tremendous,” said RTI's Chief Operating Officer Jim Gibson. “Once again, our staff have stepped up to help those in need and demonstrated our commitment to improving the human condition.”
“Congratulations to the RTI employees on another incredible outpouring of support,” said Stan Morris, executive director, American Red Cross of Central North Carolina. “We are very appreciative of the difference this will make in the lives of those impacted.”