U.S. Energy Savings Corp. is donating $15,000 to the American Red Cross to help support relief efforts for Texas based victims of Hurricane Ike.
Approximately two weeks ago, when the storm hit the Texas coast, it left a trail of devastation and destruction in its wake. Over one million residents were forced to evacuate. Many others, particularly those living on Galveston Island, lost their homes; some residents even lost loved ones.
According to U.S. Energy Savings Corp. CEO, Ken Hartwick, although this tragedy took place thousands of miles from the company's corporate head office in Ontario, Canada, it nonetheless struck close to home.
"With over 50 staff, 150 independent contractors and 36,000 customers living and working in the state of Texas, our connection to the people of this great state is a very close one," says Hartwick. "As a company, we share a very strong sense of community, so it was natural for us to want to reach out and help support those in need."
In addition to its corporate donation, U.S. Energy Savings Corp. has also agreed to match, dollar for dollar, donations made by any of its over 650 employees. It has established separate websites through both the Canadian and American Red Cross to process donations from its employees across North America.
"This is a very difficult time for the people of Texas. Our condolences go out to those who have lost loved ones and to those whose lives have otherwise been profoundly affected. It is our hope that this contribution, if even in some small way, will help to make a difference."