General Motors Introduces GM Global Aid.Program to Aid in Global Disaster Relief
DETROIT, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ --
Today General Motors (NYSE NYSE
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"By implementing GM Global Aid, GM increases its ability to reach out to communities across the globe. While GM is one of the world's leading corporate citizens in tranquil times, we realize that in times of crises, the physical and emotional needs of individuals are piqued," said GM Foundation Chairman Rod Gillum, who also serves as Vice President for Corporate Relations and Diversity.
By harnessing the power of the Internet, GM supports its employees who extend their personal resources to others in times of crisis. In addition to Internet access See how to access the Internet. , GM employees will also be able to access GM Global Aid through GM's internal Web site. GM's dynamic e-business group, e-GM, designed this unique, full-service site to provide "up to the minute" news and information on disasters worldwide. The GM Foundation will also provide matching employee contributions under certain conditions.
"At General Motors, our goal is to leverage the power of the Internet to support our communities in times of their greatest need. This will inherently increase the amount of financial and in-kind contributions that we, the GM family, can give to those individuals who need it most," said Gillum.
Donations are securely taken, processed and distributed through some of the leading charitable organizations in the world, including the International Red Cross, United Way International, CARE and others. When disaster strikes, GM Global Aid will determine the international or local relief organization to enlist, based upon immediate crisis needs and the ability of the organization to respond in the particular part of the world.
GM Global Aid will mobilize the resources of the entire GM organization, particularly the low-interest financing capabilities of the General Motors Acceptance Corporation (GMAC GMAC General Motors Acceptance Corporation
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General Motors has a long-standing history of reaching out to communities in times of disaster. Since the inception of the General Motors Foundation in 1976, GM has always joined with organizations such as the American Red Cross, United Way, Salvation Army Salvation Army, Protestant denomination and international nonsectarian Christian organization for evangelical and philanthropic work. Organization and Beliefs
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The following is a list of some of the relief efforts GM has been involved in over the past two years:
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RMB Ren Min Bi (currency of People's Republic of China) 1 million to help people affected by the devastating floods that plagued southern China. Included in GM China's donation were the personal contributions from its employees in Beijing, Hong Kong Hong Kong (hŏng kŏng), Mandarin Xianggang, special administrative region of China, formerly a British crown colony (2005 est. pop. 6,899,000), land area 422 sq mi (1,092 sq km), adjacent to Guangdong prov. , Shanghai and Shenyang.
The General Motors Foundation, GM Colmotores GM Colmotores is a car company based in Bogotá, Colombia. Established in 1957, they began manufacturing, under license, British Austins. In 1965, Chrysler Corporation took a 60% stake in the company, which manufactured Chrysler cars under license until 1979. , GM do Brasil, GMAC and GM's joint venture partners Isuzu and Suzuki delivered 34 cars and trucks to Colombia President Andres Pastrana and Nora Pastrana, first lady of Colombia, to assist in that country's earthquake relief effort. The vehicles, worth $800,000, were used to deliver medical supplies, food and other relief materials to the areas devastated by the earthquake. In addition to the donations from the companies, GM Colmotores employees donated $15,000 of their own money to the disaster relief effort.
General Motors Corporation raised $710,250 through a vehicle sales program designed to benefit the Oklahoma and Kansas communities struck by tornadoes. GMAC assisted residents of designated counties in purchasing GM vehicles by offering a Deferred Payment Program, along with a special finance rate program on eligible new and used vehicles.
The General Motors Foundation donated $50,000 to the International Red Cross to be used in Turkey for earthquake relief.
The Southeast Region of General Motors Corporation in cooperation with the American Red Cross announced a relief initiative to provide transportation aid in the form of 60 vehicles to victims affected by Hurricane Floyd in North Carolina North Carolina, state in the SE United States. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean (E), South Carolina and Georgia (S), Tennessee (W), and Virginia (N). Facts and Figures
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The General Motors Foundation, GMAC and GMAC Mortgage contributed $25,000 for the rebuilding of HAVEN's safe house and main counseling center in Pontiac, Michigan. The facility was damaged by fire. HAVEN is a center for the prevention and treatment of domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
The General Motors Foundation contributed $10,000 to the local disaster relief fund of the Genesee-Lapeer Chapter of the American Red Cross. The donation was used for the victims of the Clara Barton Convalescent con·va·les·cent
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Gillum adds, "GM employees have consistently responded to requests for donations and volunteer time when disaster strikes or when there is a need for help. In addition, the Foundation has responded to disasters that affect the GM family worldwide, whether it is relief from hurricane or flood damage in the United States or earthquake damage around the world. We are proud to be able to provide some measure of assistance."