I like keeping track of automakers who donate money, supplies and time to those who need it. After returning to Denver from a 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee press event (story/review coming soon) I wondered who, among the big, American companies would assist in tornado relief. During my last event, I was struck how personable and connected employees at Chrysler Group LLC are. So, I am thrilled to see the quick response to the devastating tornado in Ohio.
Here’s the press release:
• The Chrysler Foundation contributes $50,000 in cash and needed recovery materials to ISOH/IMPACT in Waterville, Ohio
• Chrysler Group LLC headquarters and Toledo-area plant employees present rebuilding supplies on June 18
Auburn Hills, Mich. , Jun 18, 2010 –
The Chrysler Foundation today announced a $50,000 donation of supplies and cash in support of relief efforts for residents impacted by severe tornadoes that hit Northwest Ohio earlier this month.
Ten Ram 2500/3500 heavy duty pickup trucks, filled with generators, wheel barrows, shovels, chainsaws, ladders, tarps, boots, and other materials, were driven to Waterville, Ohio, from Chrysler Group World Headquarters in Auburn Hills, Mich. The supplies were delivered to ISOH/IMPACT, a community-based charitable organization, whose disaster response team will put the recovery materials directly in the hands of those in need in areas most impacted by the tornado. ISOH/IMPACT will also use the supplies to outfit a complete first response trailer that will be taken onsite to help those most in need.
Chrysler’s Auburn Hills employees were joined by employees from Toledo Machining and the Toledo North Assembly Plant to present the cash donation and unload the much needed supplies.
“The Chrysler Foundation, Chrysler Group LLC and the local employees of the Toledo Supplier Park, Toledo North Assembly Plant and Toledo Machining are proud to help the residents of Northwest Ohio with their clean-up and recovery efforts following the devastating June 5 tornadoes,” said Brian Glowiak, Vice President – The Chrysler Foundation. “ISOH/IMPACT identified the hardware and building materials needed to rebuild their community, after the initial clean-up in the days following the tornado, and the Foundation is pleased to assist their grassroots efforts.”
“We are forever grateful to The Chrysler Foundation and Chrysler Group employees – both here in Toledo and worldwide,” said Linda Greene, President and CEO of ISOH/Impact. “We are well aware that it takes a community to reach out to serve the needs of those whose lives have been forever changed by situations such as the tornadoes that swept through Northwest Ohio.”
About Chrysler Group LLC
Chrysler Group LLC, formed in 2009 from a global strategic alliance with Fiat Group, produces Chrysler, Jeep®, Dodge, Ram Truck, Mopar® and Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) brand vehicles and products. With the resources, technology and worldwide distribution network required to compete on a global scale, the alliance builds on Chrysler’s culture of innovation – first established by Walter P. Chrysler in 1925 – and Fiat’s complementary technology – from a company whose heritage dates back to 1899.
Headquartered in Auburn Hills, Mich., Chrysler Group LLC’s product lineup features some of the world’s most recognizable vehicles, including the Chrysler 300, Jeep Wrangler and Ram Truck. Fiat will contribute world-class technology, platforms and powertrains for small- and medium-sized cars, allowing Chrysler Group to offer an expanded product line including environmentally friendly vehicles.
About The Chrysler Foundation
During the past 57 years, The Chrysler Foundation has established a proud legacy of enriching the physical, educational and cultural needs of local communities in which Chrysler Group LLC conducts business. Chrysler employees also have a strong commitment to helping improve their communities by volunteering their time and talents in the places where we live and work.
Since its inception, The Chrysler Foundation has awarded more than $500 million in charitable grants.
ISOH/IMPACT(formerly known as International Services of Hope Impact with God Crusades, Incorporated) is a community based non-profit, tax-exempt, charitable organization whose mandate is devoted to ensuring a brighter future for children by fulfilling their mission statement of Reaching Out Serving Others.
ISOH/IMPACT’s legacy began in 1958 and was designed to be a focal point of a new and broader framework for community organization and child advocacy.
ISOH/IMPACT and partners respond compassionately to poverty and natural disasters both here at home and around the world by providing food, water, medicine, and the tools families need to rebuild a healthy, hopeful future.
ISOH/IMPACT cooperates with local communities to respond with medical and work relief teams to help those whose lives have been devastated.
Since 2004, ISOH/IMPACT has provided more than $50M of food, clothing, medical supplies and other assistance to disaster victims and impoverished families locally, nationally and internationally.
Way to go Chrysler Group