Hunter Douglas, a manufacturer and marketer of custom window fashions in North America, has donated a total of $350,000 to two nonprofits—the Foothills Flood Relief Fund, initiated by Foothills United Way, and Team Rubicon, a veteran service organization—to help relieve the suffering and aid the recovery of those most in need following the sustained and historic catastrophic flooding in Colorado. A number of employees at the Hunter Douglas Window Fashions Division based in Broomfield, Colo., were directly affected by the flooding.
Hunter Douglas matched donations from its employees on a two for one basis; for every dollar donated, the company added another two dollars. In less than three weeks, the company received $115,000 in contributions to its Hunter Douglas Colorado Flood Relief Fund and added another $235,000 for a total of $350,000.
Marv Hopkins, president and CEO of Hunter Douglas Inc., presented the donations at the company’s Pearl River headquarters to Mimi Vilord, president and CEO, United Way of Rockland County, N.Y., and Team Rubicon’s Co-Founder William McNulty.
“On behalf of all Hunter Douglas employees throughout North America, I am honored to present these donations to these two organizations that have been crucial to providing assistance to those affected by the Colorado flooding: the Foothills Flood Relief Fund, created by Foothills United Way in response to the devastation caused by the severe flooding in Boulder and Broomfield Counties, and Team Rubicon, which mobilized veteran volunteers to the area,” Hopkins said.
One hundred percent of the funds raised for the Foothills Flood Relief Fund are being used for short- and long-term health and human services needs related to the flooding. Foothills United Way works with community leaders, state and local officials and nonprofit partners to quickly assess needs and respond.
“With a long recovery ahead, the impressive Hunter Douglas gift will make a tremendous difference to individuals and families devastated by the disaster,” advised Doug Yeiser, Foothills United Way president and CEO.
Founded in 2010 by Iraq veterans Jake Wood and William McNulty, Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with medical professionals and first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams into crisis situations. The organization offers veterans a chance to continue their service by helping and empowering those affected by disasters, and in turn, provides them with a new mission, community and sense of self, three things many veterans lose upon taking off the uniform.
Most recently, 163 Team Rubicon volunteers deployed to Colorado where they assisted 95 homeowners in recovering from the flooding. In total, TR helped the communities of Lyons and Longmont save more than $400,000 in recovery costs.
“We’re very grateful to have the outstanding support of Hunter Douglas, first during our operations for Hurricane Sandy, and now for flood recovery in Colorado,” said Team Rubicon Co-Founder and CEO Jake Wood. “This financial grant will help sustain our operations.”
“The generosity and compassion of my colleagues throughout the U.S. and Canada who participated in this drive to assist those most affected by the Colorado flooding are truly heartwarming and exemplary,” concluded Hopkins.