GM pledges $500,000 to help Texas tornado victims

The General Motors Foundation is pledging $500,000 to Habitat for Humanity to help victims of the recent tornadoes in five Texas counties. The funds will be used to help restore neighborhoods devastated by Wednesday’s storms.

The GM Foundation grant comes alongside a donation from Chevrolet, which included 24 Chevrolet Express vans donated last year.  The vans are Habitat for Humanity’s first  mobile response units and are being used in the affected tornado areas now to assess damages to low income, affordable housing and to shuttle volunteers to assist in cleanup and repairs.  Each van is capable of seating up to fifteen people or carrying nearly a ton of cargo.

“From leadership giving and corporate gifts to much-needed vehicles and volunteers to assist with recovery efforts, Dan Akerson, the GM Foundation and Chevrolet are leading the way to help families rebuild their lives,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International in a release. “This latest pledge will help the residents of impacted Texas communities come home again.”

Another grant, to be given to Habitat by the GM Foundation this year, is for a $1 million neighborhood revitalization effort to deploy in twelve U.S. cities, which include two in Texas.  This grant will be utilized by teamGM Cares volunteers made up of General Motors employees who work in their own towns and neighborhoods to improve towns and cities.

You can find out more about the GM Foundation at this link.

Aaron Turpen
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