At the end of August, a torrential downpour, tornadoes and high-speed winds ravaged much of the Texas gulf coast as Hurricane Harvey, a category 4 storm at its height, caused widespread damage. The estimated monetary cost of the hurricane is $75 billion, and the emotional cost to the thousands who were forced to evacuate, lost homes or worse is far beyond that.
Since then, a different type of flood has been ongoing in the state of Texas – a flood of support, donations and contributions toward relief efforts, to which Trintech and its employees have wholeheartedly joined in these charitable efforts.
Immediately following the storm, Trintechers began collecting donations to send to those affected by the hurricane, and others made use of the two days of “paid time off” designated as volunteer days to head down to Houston and other affected areas to help where they could.
“You don’t have to look very far to find a family in need. Simply ask a colleague or two and I guarantee you’ll find someone who is experiencing [Harvey’s devastation] firsthand or through a parent, a sibling, a child or a friend,” Trintech CEO, Teresa Mackintosh said in a company-wide memo. “We recognize there are many ways to help those less fortunate than ourselves whether it is with time, resources, encouraging words or as a temporary harbor for those dislocated.”
Mackintosh announced that Trintech made a $25,000 donation to the fund set up by Trintech’s parent company, Vista Equity Partners. In addition to this corporate donation, Trintech has also been matching any donation made by Trintech employees to any relief foundation. Donations so far have reached nearly $13,000 with Trintech matching its employees’ donations coming from both the Dallas headquarters and Trintech’s international offices.
“I have always been proud of the level of care and compassion that Trintechers have shown to one another and the communities where we work, so I was not surprised when emails and posts started going out asking for donations in support of those impacted by Hurricane Harvey,” Erinn Gray, Trintech’s VP of Human Resources, said. “I was still unprepared for the size and breadth of the responses from Trintechers in Dallas and across the globe. I could not be more proud of our team.”
In addition to monetary donations, Trintechers also donated valuable goods like diapers, baby wipes, toiletries and more. Contract Analyst Ashley Ross helped organize the donations drive and said she was blown away by the response.
“[The organization we donated to], Trusted World, received an incredible number of donations that they actually had to stop taking donations,” said Ross. “I’m grateful to work at a company that not only cares about its employees, but others that are in need.”
Those interested in contributing to the relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey are encouraged to consider donating to Vista’s fundraiser, which has already raised nearly $1.2 million.
While our office headquarters are based in Texas, our thoughts and wishes for a speedy recovery also go out to those affected by Hurricane Irma as they, too, begin their arduous rebuilding efforts.
Written by: Sam King