After Hurricane Harvey hit Houston last weekend, there has been a massive outpouring of aid relief, humanitarian help, and downright good Samaritan behavior. Venture Beat brought this news to us in their article, “How tech companies are helping with Hurricane Harvey relief.”
Harvey has since been downgraded to a tropical storm, but many areas are still dealing with devastating floods. Among those coming together to aid victims of Harvey are the tech companies that have made donations and assisted in fundraising.
Google says it has raised $2 million for hurricane relief so far and has matched the first $1 million with its own donation from Google.org.
Facebook has said it will match up to $1 million in relief funds raised by its users through the social network. The company set up a donation page for the Center for Disaster Philanthropy. CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Facebook and its users raised $10 million.
Microsoft said it contributed $2.5 million in cash, technology, and services to support relief efforts and help nonprofits, while matching $100,000 in donations from its employees.
Verizon pledged $10 million for relief efforts, working with local officials to identify four nonprofits to support. The carrier also said it would relieve postpaid customers of some call and data charges, while giving prepaid customers an extra 3GB of data through September 15.
These are just a few examples of compassion and generosity being extended by the tech world. The article lists many more.
Melody K. Smith
Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.