The USAA Foundation has announced a $500,000 donation to Team Rubicon and the American Red Cross to help families and communities impacted by Hurricane Ida.
“Readiness and support for our members, employees and communities is our priority with any storm,” said Harriet Dominique, president of The USAA Foundation. “Team Rubicon and American Red Cross are boots on the ground helping those impacted by Hurricane Ida, and we want to be right there with them to help support as much as we can.”
Team Rubicon, a disaster-response organization, has already deployed volunteers to impacted regions, and will use USAA’s funding to stand up operations in Hammond and Houma, La.
“USAA and The USAA Foundation have been some of Team Rubicon’s longest-standing partners, and this donation will help us expand the services we can provide to the communities impacted by Hurricane Ida,” said Art delaCruz, CEO of Team Rubicon. “This funding will jumpstart our efforts to getting [volunteers] on the ground to assist in Louisiana and Mississippi’s recovery.”
The American Red Cross had about 650 volunteers already on the ground before Ida made landfall, USAA said.
“The generous gift from The USAA Foundation will provide so much comfort and hope to people experiencing tragedy across the country,” said Marty McKellips, regional CEO for American Red Cross. “The funds will ensure the Red Cross has the resources we need to feed hungry people, deliver much-needed medicine and supplies, and give people the strength to rebuild their lives.”
Last year, USAA and The USAA Foundation committed $87 million to nonprofit organizations to support pandemic-related relief, racial equality, and other critical needs. USAA employees gave more than $10 million to nonprofit organizations and logged more than 185,000 volunteer hours.