The Verizon Foundation has pledged to give the American Red Cross a $100,000 grant to assist in relief efforts in communities affected by Hurricane Irene. The foundation’s disaster relief incentive program will also match dollar-for-dollar all donations by U.S.-based Verizon employees, up to $1,000 per employee, to the American Red Cross or the Salvation Army for Hurricane Irene relief.
Verizon Wireless customers can support relief efforts by making a $10 donation to one of nine organizations by sending a text message to each organization’s designated short code:
American Red Cross Relief: Text “REDCROSS” to 90999
Salvation Army: Text “STORM” to 80888
Vermont Food Bank: Text “FOODNOW” to 52000
World Vision: Text “IRENE” or “STORMUSA” to 777444
United Way Greater Capital Region (Albany, NY): Text “IRENE” to 80888
United Way of Hudson County (NJ): Text “UWHC” to 85944
United Way of Bergen County (NJ): Text “CFUND” to 85944
North Carolina Baptists Mission: Text “IRENE” to 85944
Operation Compassion: Text “HURRICANE” to 85944
Because Verizon Wireless always waives text-messaging fees for disaster relief, text messages are free when used to make donations to any of these organizations, and 100 percent of each $10 donation goes to the relief organization. Verizon was prepared before the storm hit landfall, activating its Crisis Response Team and staging equipment in strategic locations in preparation for recovery activities. The Crisis Response Team and the wireless network, government and business sales teams have continued to work closely with federal, state and local emergency management officials.