MOLINE, Ill. – Deere & Company will make a $1 million cash donation to support Habitat Hammers Back, a long-term recovery initiative organized by Habitat for Humanity International to help repair and rebuild communities ravaged by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria.
“Habitat for Humanity has many years of experience helping families build back after disasters, providing longer-term, sustained efforts to help people and communities recover,” said Samuel R. Allen, chairman and CEO of Deere & Company. “Deere and its employees, dealers, and customers have already and will continue to be involved in these efforts.”
Along with the contribution, Deere has been providing an annual $500,000 contribution to the American Red Cross Disaster Giving Program, employees have contributed more than $100,000 to aid organizations and heavy equipment has been deployed to disaster areas to assist in recovery efforts.
Habitat’s three-phase disaster response focuses on immediate relief, community stabilization and long-term recovery. The organization is in its immediate response phase – including damage assessments and clean-up – in Texas, Florida and the Caribbean.
Deere plans to encourage and organize individuals and teams of employees to support the recovery efforts through the company’s employee volunteer program.