Hunter Douglas Inc. has donated a total of $550,000 to two nonprofits-the International Rescue Committee and Habitat for Humanity International-to help relieve the suffering and aid the recovery of the Haitian people following the massive earthquake and its terrible aftermath.
Hunter Douglas Inc. has donated a total of $550,000 to two
nonprofits-the International Rescue Committee and Habitat for Humanity
International-to help relieve the suffering and aid the recovery of the Haitian
people following the massive earthquake and its terrible aftermath. Each of
these organizations will receive $275,000 for the relief and recovery of the
people of Haiti.
Hunter Douglas matched all contributions from its employees,
independent fabricator partners, retail dealers and other friends. In only four
weeks, the company received close to $275,000 in contributions to its Haitian Relief Fund Drive.
Hunter Douglas President and CEO Marv Hopkins presented the
donations at the company’s Upper Saddle
headquarters to George Rupp, president and CEO of the IRC, and Mark Crozet,
senior vice president of resource development for Habitat.
“I’m so proud of my colleagues, partners and customers who
participated in this drive to aid those in desperate need of help and support,”
“The compassion and generosity of our employees and friends are most impressive
“We’re pleased to present these gifts to two highly
effective and efficient organizations: the IRC, one of the few charities that
has earned an A+ from the American Institute of Philanthropy, and Habitat, with
whom Hunter Douglas has had a longstanding, 18-year relationship,” Hopkins
continued. “Hunter Douglas donates its custom window coverings to all Habitat
homes across the U.S. and in
and also participates in many Habitat workdays.”
Founded in 1933 and working in more than 40 countries, the
New York-based IRC is a global leader in emergency relief, rehabilitation,
protection of human rights and resettlement services. In Haiti, led by a team of veteran
first responders, the IRC is focusing on sanitation, health, shelter, child
protection, family tracing and special services for women. In order to help
prevent the spread of disease, its sanitation teams have trained hygiene
promotion teams, built dozens of latrines and bathing facilities and
distributed water containers and hygiene kits.
Working with local partners, it is providing educational and
healing spaces for children. The IRC is also a leading organization in the
effort to identify, trace and reunite separated families. Finally, a “Cash for
Work” program, employing out-of-work Haitians to clear rubble and repair
structures, has been initiated to jumpstart their economic recovery.
“We are grateful to Hunter Douglas and its caring employees
for their generosity,” said Rupp. “Their contributions will directly benefit
the people of Haiti
as we work with them in their time of greatest need.”
Habitat for Humanity has been in Haiti since 1984 and will be
crucial to long-term rebuilding efforts there. Its response to the devastation
includes providing emergency shelter kits to help families make immediate
repairs and construct emergency shelter; clearing debris from home sites and
constructing transitional shelter; and building core housing that can be
expanded over time.
“This generous gift will help us make tremendous progress
toward our goal of helping 50,000 families in Haiti who are affected by the
devastation,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO for Habitat for Humanity
International. “With the support of dedicated partners like Hunter Douglas,
Habitat will be able to provide the widest range of shelter resources available
so that we can have a positive impact on the greatest number of people possible.”