CHS and the CHS Foundation are participating in relief efforts to support Texas residents affected by Hurricane Harvey, the strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. in more than a decade. Since it’s landfall on Friday, August 28 the storm has dumped more than 50 inches of rain and impacted more than 13 million people.
Of the more than 140 CHS employees in Texas, it is estimated that approximately 20 are directly impacted by the storm. CHS is dedicated to supporting impacted employees during this difficult time.
“Our hearts go out to all of those who are affected by the storm, but especially our CHS employees,” says Hayes Kennedy, CHS Human Resources director. “CHS is in the process of assessing the needs of our employees and how we can help. We’re also providing impacted employees with the flexibility to take care of personal and family needs first.”
There are a number of other ways CHS is supporting those impacted by Hurricane Harvey:
Lending a hand through Days of Service
Employees affected by the storm are encouraged to use their CHS Days of Service hours to participate in clean-up efforts of their own residences and local communities. CHS will also continue pay for a period of time for employees who cannot get to work as a result of the storm.
Providing support for Red Cross disaster relief
CHS and the CHS Foundation are also assisting in relief efforts for all who have been affected. The CHS Foundation is assisting the American Red Cross with relief efforts through a $100,000 annual contribution to the Annual Disaster Giving Program (ADGP). The ADGP fund allows the American Red Cross to respond immediately to the needs of those impacted by disasters, including Hurricane Harvey.
Encouraging employee support through United Way
In addition, CHS employees can give to disaster relief efforts by designating their gift to the American Red Cross or other disaster relief charity during the upcoming CHS United Way Campaign, Sept. 11-22. CHS will match every dollar raised with a $1.50 to the United Way’s general fund.
Matching cooperative contributions
CHS is also proactively reaching out to cooperatives in Texas to match their contributions towards relief efforts for farmers and ranchers through the CHS Seeds for Stewardship grant program.