August 29, 2017

More businesses pledge support to Houston storm relief

PHOTO | Contributed
PHOTO | Contributed
Jim Loree is president and CEO of New Britain-based Stanley Black Decker Inc.

More Connecticut businesses are stepping up and donating funds and support for disaster relief to the storm-plagued state of Texas.

UnitedHealthcare, which joined insurers Aetna and Cigna in announcing storm relief Monday, said Tuesday the company, Optum and UnitedHealth Group would donate $1 million to the relief effort. UnitedHealthcare also is pledging a 2:1 match for employee donations toward disaster-relief efforts, as well as providing incentives and support to those who volunteer.

In addition, New Britain tool maker Stanley Black & Decker is committing up to $125,000 for disaster relief.

And Avangrid, an energy and utility company in Orange, announced a $50,000 contribution to American Red Cross Disaster Relief through the Avangrid Foundation that will help the Red Cross provide food, emergency shelter, relief supplies and comfort to those affected by disasters like Hurricane Harvey and countless other crises.

Stanley has more than 650 employees across the state of Texas, and about 200 in the Houston area hardest hit by Hurricane Harvey, which has devolved into a persistent tropical storm, said Stanley CEO Jim Loree.

Loree said Tuesday the company will donate $50,000 to the American Red Cross and $25,000 to the Houston ToolBank, as well as double its Employee Matching Gifts program (matching employee gifts $2 for every $1 raised) to encourage its employees to quickly generate an additional $50,000.

Stanley also will donate a set of Dewalt, Stanley and Black+Decker tools and storage systems to the Houston ToolBank.

"We are committed to assisting those working to provide immediate relief today, and we are committed to working within the community to assist in the rebuilding efforts over time," Loree said.

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