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Honeywell Humanitarian Relief Fund (HHRF)
When a natural disaster strikes, Honeywell Hometown Solutions® (HHS) is at the forefront of relief efforts, delivering direct assistance to employees and communities in need. Since 2005, when Honeywell deployed the Honeywell Humanitarian Relief Fund (HHRF) to create a channel for employees’ donations – matched by Honeywell – thousands of employees have made contributions to help victims of natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, fires, flooding and hurricanes.
In partnership with organizations such as Operation USA, the HHRF has addressed both the immediate and long-term needs of affected communities around the world, such as:
In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, HHRF moved into immediate action, providing cash assistance for food, clothing, and shelter to employees who had been temporarily displaced due to severe damage to their homes.
Honeywell donated more than $600,000 in first responder gear; including more than 19,000 personal protective products such as protective footwear, gloves, hoods and helmets, designed to weather the most arduous conditions first responders’ face every day. The protective gear was distributed via the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management in Long Island, New York, to first responder teams in affected areas in New York and New Jersey. Honeywell’s aviation crew delivered 2,000 pounds of baby products and supplies to Staten Island Medical Center. Additional support and rebuilding efforts will continue into 2013.
• Press Release: Honeywell Donates First Responder Products for Hurricane Sandy Relief and Recovery Efforts
• Honeywell Now: Honeywell Instant Alert Helps Hurricane Sandy Victims Weather the Storm
Colorado Springs Wildfires
In Colorado Springs, employees displaced by wildfires were provided immediate financial assistance to help them cope with home damage and to support rebuilding efforts. During a Community Giving Ceremony in October 2013, HHS provided $255,000 in Honeywell First Responder Equipment, replacing outdated gear for 6 volunteer fire departments, and gave cash donations to 6 additional fire companies for bravely fighting the 2012 Waldo Canyon and 2013 Black Forest wildfires.
• Press Release: Honeywell Honors Colorado Springs Volunteer Fire Departments for Bravery During the 2012 – 2013 Wildfires
• Honeywell Now: Honeywell Donates Equipment to Colorado Springs Volunteer Fire Departments
Great Japan Earthquake and Tsunami
HHS, with partner Operation USA, broke ground on the ‘Honeywell Ibasho House,’ an elder care community center in Ofunato, Japan, in October 2012. The community center, which means “a place where one feels at home,” will support local residents still reeling from the earthquake and tsunami of 2011. The project will be completed in spring 2013, with a Grand Opening on June 13, hosted by Honeywell CEO Dave Cote.
• Press Release: Honeywell Breaks Ground on Elder Community Center in Ofunato, Iwate
• Honeywell Now: Honeywell Breaks Ground on Elder Community Center in Ofunato, Iwate
In 2010, an earthquake affected millions of people in the Mexicali region, including many Honeywell employees. HHRF provided immediate financial assistance to help Honeywell employees repair their damaged homes and fund key rehabilitation projects in the Mexicali community. In the months following the earthquake, hundreds of Honeywell volunteers joined forces to fully rehabilitate a local elementary school campus and provide new learning equipment for students.
Working jointly with Operation USA, Honeywell responded within days of the 2010 earthquake in Haiti by using its corporate jets to bring critical relief supplies to the victims of the disaster. Honeywell completed four flights to Haiti, transporting a total of 16 medical professionals, four translators, and 38,500 vials of urgently needed antibiotics. The company’s $1.3 million commitment is helping to rebuild Haiti too. The Ecole Nationale Jacob Martin Henriquez in Jacmel now hosts 900 local students from grades kindergarten to 12 and provides them with a safe, comfortable place to study.
Hurricane Ike & Gustav Relief
When Hurricanes Ike and Gustav devastated the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2008, nearly 250 Honeywell employees were affected by these storms. Because of the generosity of more than 1,500 Honeywell employees, 117 affected colleagues and the communities of Orange, Texas and Shreveport, Louisiana received aid.
After the devastating earthquake of May 2008, Honeywell and its employees helped recovery efforts in Sichuan, China. Working in conjunction with key partners, Honeywell rebuilt five medical clinics and two elementary schools, which feature the company’s most advanced building solutions and technologies to ensure 470 students can learn in a safe, secure, energy-efficient, and environmentally friendly space.
These and other meaningful and timely actions offer our colleagues and communities hope and assistance as they recover from difficult circumstances around the world.