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Tuesday, September 06, 2005 9:57 AM
Who's Helping?
Kevin Salwen on Business

The crisis in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is a terrific opportunity for companies to show they care. Here at Worthwhile, we'd love to know which companies have stepped up -- providing aid, food, shelter, or best yet jobs. Know of one? Let us know either by posting a comment here or emailing us at info@worthwhilemag.com.


Joe - 9/8/2005 5:16:40 PM
The link Christopher R provided includes a pretty extensive summary. However, I read an article on Wal-Mart's Big Helping Hand in yesterday's Seattle Times that inclines me to highlight's Wal-Mart's response. Since HTML HREFs do not appear to be accepted in comments, I'll include the rather longish link below. Here's an excerpt:

Burt Flickinger III, managing director for Strategic Resource Group in New York, noted that Wal-Mart CEO Lee Scott was groomed as a trucking manager and said Scott used his expertise to make sure the company was ready for the crisis.

'Unlike local, state and the federal government, which didn't react until days after the hurricane hit, Wal-Mart was at work around the clock before Katrina even hit land to have the stores fully stocked with full pallet positions of water, flashlights, batteries, canned soup, canned meat,' Flickinger said.

'Wal-Mart served the city far better than any private or public institution,' he said.

Lindsay Lent - 9/7/2005 5:18:21 PM
Canada sent 45 members (43 men, 2 women) of the Urban Search & Rescue from Vancouver to New Orleans on Aug 31. They were the first urban search team to arrive in St Bernard Parish. They have just returned home (after saving 150 lives) as Nat Guard finally moves in. Canada has also deployed an 18 member diving team leaving Victoria BC today (joining up with US Navy counterparts), 3 Canadian warships filled with supplies (to arrive the end of the week), SeaKing helicopters.

As with most things, there is a glimmer of light in all this darkness...neighbors working together, a realization that we are all a part of nature and as such, should pay attention to her well being and that if disaster struck here (Vancouver - most likely a major earthquake)we are woefully unprepared. The light is that we have the opportunity to learn from all of this. It is sad that so many had to give up so much for us to pay attention.

Lindsay Lent
VP Bus Development
Janet Auty-Carlisle - 9/7/2005 3:25:38 PM
I found this information on the coaching website I belong to. Thought it worthy of sharing with others.

I want to share information that I received concerning housing and jobs for
hurricane victims in my community, the Eastern Shore of Virginia (on the
Atlantic coast, one hour north of Virginia Beach).
Tyson Foods, Inc. has developed and distributed a program for employment
opportunities with their company for those displaced by the hurricane.
They will provide housing, pocket cash, gift certificates at Wal-Marts and
meals for 60 days to help people get back on their feet. If the person wants
to stay beyond that, their employment will move from temporary to full-time.

People who are interested can contact the company directly:
Terry Combs
Tyson Foods, Inc.
Complex HR Manager
Temperanceville Complex
Phone: 757-824-3471
Fax: 757-824-0052

Living la vida fearless,
Matt McClellan - 9/6/2005 3:02:18 PM
After keeping most of their customers up throughout the hurricane, Directnic.com (http://www.directnic.com) has started providing servers and networking equipment to the City of New Orleans and other businesses in the Central Business District to get them up and running.

You can find more details on the blog being kept by one of the team who's been there the whole time: http://www.livejournal.com/users/interdictor
Janet Auty-Carlisle - 9/6/2005 2:35:38 PM
Here's what I know. Oprah is doing a show today on this tragedy. That will generate people to move forward. I also know that fire fighters in Canada have offered to help but so far have not been called. I also know that the Coaching community in North America is trying very hard to help. We are offering places for people and pets, coaching when the time is right, for free. There are coaches living in the direct area so they are helping us find ways to help.
I also know Magna has offered to relocate and house many people in their Florida facility. Carnival cruise lines is housing people too.
Who else folks?
Living la vida fearless,
Christopher R - 9/6/2005 10:06:33 AM
There is a pretty good list here. I'd be curious about others.



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