To benefit the victims of Superstorm Sandy, GEICO’s Philanthropic Foundation is contributing $135,000 to the United Way, American Red Cross, Salvation Army and GEICO associates also contributed an additional $10,000, totaling up to $135,000 to these hurricane relief organizations.
The funds will be used to provide assistance and address the recovery needs of the communities that were most affected by the storm. The check presentation to these organizations was held at GEICO’s Woodbury office on Friday, Dec. 14 at 3 p.m.
“As the largest auto insurer in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut, we’ve seen and heard many devastating stories of our associates and customers who were deeply affected by Superstorm Sandy,” said John Pham, regional vice president of GEICO’s Woodbury office. “This donation is a part of GEICO’s ongoing effort in rebuilding our communities and helping storm victims get back on their feet again.”
After Superstorm Sandy’s swept through the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, GEICO associates across the country stepped in to raise funds for hurricane relief efforts. GEICO’s Lakeland office sold New York-style bagels and pizza and auctioned basketball tickets to their associates while GEICO’s Coralville office hosted a bake sale.
“We are thrilled to have partners like GEICO to offer support during this devastating time,” said Theresa Regnante, president of United Way of Long Island. “We applaud GEICO, United Way USA and our regional partner UWNYC in coordinating the response on behalf of 8 million people affected across the eastern seaboard.”
Since Hurricane Sandy’s landfall, GEICO has been working diligently to assist policyholders affected by the storm. More than 500 adjusters across the country were sent to the New York and New Jersey regions to inspect vehicles, process claims and hand out settlement checks. GEICO also deployed its corporate satellite communications trailer to assist policyholders located in the hardest hit areas.
“Associates countrywide are doing a tremendous job behind the scenes to support this extraordinary claims-handling effort,” said Seth Ingall, regional vice president of GEICO’s Buffalo office. “We really appreciate the dedication and support given by our associates to those affected by the storm.”