September 15, 2017

Allstate doubles its hurricane relief donation to $3 million

Insurance company also launches a consumer education program for people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma

Back-to-back hurricanes in Texas and Florida have caused catastrophic damage to their communities, including Marathon, Florida, pictured. Allstate has pledged $3 million, plus matching grants, to assist the relief effort. Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Editor’s note: This story was originally published on Sept. 1, following the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in south Texas. It has been updated to reflect relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Irma in Florida.

The Allstate corporation and The Allstate Foundation on Friday announced it will commit $3 million to support relief efforts to assist people affected by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, as well as potential future disasters. (The Renewal Project is brought to you by Allstate.) This new fund doubles the amount pledged earlier this month, just after Hurricane Harvey devastated parts of southeast Texas.

The Allstate Foundation, in conjunction with Allstate agencies in the impacted areas, will make grants directly to local social-service organizations. Allstate employees and agency owners are encouraged to donate to Feeding America and the American Red Cross; Allstate will match their donations dollar-for-dollar up to $500,000, up from its original pledge of $250,000.

Allstate also announced today its launch of the “Good Hands for Hurricane Victims” consumer education program. These sessions in Texas and Florida will provide information to the general public about how to navigate insurance claims and government support programs.

In this Aug. 29 photo, volunteers sort through donated clothing for storm victims who took shelter at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. The evacuation center received thousands of evacuees. Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

“Allstate has a long history of helping people rebuild their lives after disaster strikes,” Tom Wilson, Allstate chairman and chief executive officer, said in a company press release. “Our help goes beyond resolving insurance claims to include employee and agency owner volunteer and fundraising efforts, educating consumers on how to navigate the rebuilding process and supporting social service organizations.”

Students who participate in WE Schools, a program that supports youth volunteerism, will be encouraged to raise money for hurricane victims. Allstate will match these contributions up to $250,000.

Read the full press release here, and follow @AllstateNews on Twitter for up-to-date information.

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