Honeywell Humanitarian Relief Fund (HHRF)
When a natural disaster strikes, the Honeywell Humanitarian Relief Fund (HHRF) is at the forefront of relief efforts, delivering immediate, direct assistance to employees and communities in need. Since 2005, thousands of employees have donated more than $9.3 million –matched by Honeywell – to help victims of natural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, wildfires, flooding and hurricanes.
In partnership with organizations such as Operation USA, Honeywell Hometown Solutions addresses both the immediate and long-term needs of affected employees and their communities around the world.
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Super Typhoon Haiyan (November 2013)
When Super Typhoon Haiyan slammed into the Philippines in 2013, more than 1,800 Honeywell employees immediately donated over $150,000 to the Honeywell Humanitarian Relief Fund (HHRF). In partnership with international relief agency Operation USA, Honeywell Hometown Solutions (HHS) quickly mobilized local and international support and, using the funds from HHRF, rebuilt an elementary school in Guiuan, Eastern Samar. Within one year, the Ngolos Honeywell Elementary School was back in session.
The new school serves 270 kids in grades 1-6 and features eight classrooms, an administrative office, a small playground and a basketball court. It is built to withstand winds up to 155 miles (250 kilometers) per hour and has been designated as an evacuation center for the residents of Ngolos Barangay in the event of an emergency or natural disaster.
- Honeywell Now: Honeywell Helps Rebuild Elementary School in the Philippines
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Colorado Springs Wildfires (2012 and 2013)
After the Colorado Springs wildfires of 2012 and 2013, Honeywell Hometown Solutions provided displaced employees with immediate financial assistance to help with temporary living arrangements and home repairs and to support community rebuilding efforts. Honeywell also donated more than $250,000 in First Responder Equipment to replace outdated gear for six volunteer fire departments, and provided cash donations to six other volunteer fire companies.
- Press Release: Honeywell Honors Colorado Springs Volunteer Fire Departments for Bravery During the 2012 – 2013 Wildfires
Hurricane Sandy (2012)
After Hurricane Sandy struck the northeastern United States in 2012, Honeywell Hometown Solutions used donations to the Honeywell Humanitarian Relief Fund to give affected employees immediate cash assistance for food, clothing, and shelter. Funds were also used to provide additional financial assistance to employees to support their home repair and rebuilding efforts. In addition, Honeywell donated more than $600,000 in first responder gear to the Nassau County Office of Emergency Management in Long Island, New York, including protective footwear, gloves, hoods and helmets designed to weather the most arduous conditions. Honeywell also flew in more than 2,000 pounds of baby products and supplies to Staten Island Medical Center.
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Japan Earthquake and Tsunami (2011)
Honeywell and our predecessor companies have been doing business in Japan for more than a century, and after the country was hit by an earthquake and tsunami in 2011, employees immediately responded with donations to the Honeywell Humanitarian Relief Fund. In 2013, Honeywell and Operation USA completed the Honeywell Ibasho House, an elder care community center in Ofunato, Japan, to support local residents coping with the devastating events of 2011. The Japanese word “Ibasho” means ‘a place where one feels at home.’
In addition to the Ibasho House, Honeywell provided relief to Japan in several ways:
- Donating safety gloves and other personal protective equipment for workers removing rubble
- Providing the specialized adsorbent ion exchange products needed to clean up radiation-contaminated water at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant.
- Proving its T-Hawk™ unmanned micro air vehicles, which were used to fly over affected areas in search and rescue missions.