In late May and early June, Super Typhoon Mawar wreaked havoc across the North Pacific. Considered the strongest tropical cyclone to hit Guam in over twenty years, Typhoon Mawar caused massive destruction throughout the U.S. territory. The storm tore off roofs, downed power lines, and damaged water wells leaving many residents of the island without access to water and electricity.
Apart from damage to their homes, Coffman’s Guam office and staff remained largely unharmed. They received power back at the office and resiliently returned to work while still recovering from the typhoon.
With much of the population of Guam still without power, water, and homes, Coffman’s Pacific Region team explored ways to best support the island community. They decided to offer a dollar-for-dollar match for employee donations to the American Red Cross up to $10,000. Within a week, Coffman employees across the company generously donated $12,435.
Inspired by employee generosity, the Pacific Region decided to exceed their original pledge match of $10,000 and match donations dollar-for-dollar for the full $12,435 employee contribution.
Coffman’s Guam staff hand-delivered an employee donation match check to Guam Red Cross Executive Director Chita Blaise and Karl Matzke on June 22nd. The total donation from Coffman employees and the Pacific Region match added up to $24,870.
Coffman also donated $25,000 to boost the company’s Emergency Assistance Fund, supporting employee hardship grants, including recovery from the typhoon.
We are grateful for our employees’ generosity and thankful for their support of the Typhoon Mawar relief effort and our colleagues in Guam.
Click here for more information about Coffman’s partnership with the Red Cross.
For more information about American Red Cross disaster relief efforts in Guam, visit www.redcross.org.