Amway’s and IBOs’ Generosity Felt by Hurricane Sandy Victims
Since Hurricane Sandy devastated the east coast of the U.S. in late October, Amway Corporation, its employees, customers and Amway Independent Business Owners (IBOs) have rallied to help those left without shelter and basic necessities. To date, more than $80,000 in donations have been made to American Red Cross relief efforts; with the Company standing by match up to $100,000 of donations made.
Amway Corporation also stepped forward to donate $400,000 in personal care, cleaning supplies and food products to clients and employees of Easter Seals New York and New Jersey, and residents of the neighborhoods served by those Easter Seals centers. Many IBOs helped with distributing the pallets of product to those most in need. (Check out photos of the great work in this Easter Seals New York Facebook album: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151170838808811.450657.9563143810&type=1)
“As a non-profit organization, we rely on our corporate partners and donors to fill the financial gap between government funding and what it takes to provide the highest quality of life-changing services to the individuals we serve,” says Helen Drobnis, chief advancement officer for Easter Seals New Jersey. “Without the support of partners like Amway, we don’t know how we would be able to replace all that was lost.” Amway and Easter Seals New Jersey, a non-profit that provides comprehensive services for individuals with developmental disabilities, mental illnesses, and other special needs, have been partners for almost 30 years.
“The sheer enormity of the devastation has turned life upside down for millions,” says Tanios Viviani, Amway Regional President – The Americas. “If there’s any upside to such a crisis, it’s that it brings people together to help one another. We have a huge network of compassionate IBOs who are always giving back to their communities, but it’s especially inspiring to watch them spring into action in times of need. They give their time, money, products – whatever they can do to help.”