AMD Helps Meet Increased Demand For Basic Needs Assistance In Austin
-$100,000 contribution to Basic Needs Council of Central Texas helps build funds affected by hurricane disaster relief -
Austin, TX. --
AMD (NYSE: AMD) today announced that it has donated $100,000 to the Basic Needs Coalition of Central Texas (BNC) for the Best Single Source (BSS) project, an alliance of non-profit agencies pooling resources and information to provide a comprehensive solution to meet the basic needs of individual clients. These funds will enable the coalition to continue helping the large number of evacuees of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita rebuild their lives in Austin without abandoning existing clients by providing additional assistance for food, housing stability, utilities and direct case management.
“Because Red Cross and FEMA assistance is temporary, local agencies that are already strapped for funds are being challenged to support evacuees who need long-term assistance to help them get back on their feet again. AMD’s generous donation makes it possible for us to continue support long after these funds are depleted,” said Susan Eason, executive director of the Arc of the Capital Area and the current chair of the Basic Needs Coalition. “AMD’s commitment of technology, volunteers and financial donations through the years has been a critical component in BNC accomplishing our mission.”
Each of the agencies that participate in the Best Single Source project - AIDS Services of Austin, Any Baby Can Child and Family Resources, Arc of the Capital Area, Caritas of Austin, Family Eldercare, Goodwill, Meals on Wheels and More, and SafePlace - share resources such as supportive services funds and a Web-based database system. AMD provided technology during the early founding stages of the program, which has been recognized for its efficiency and effectiveness.
“AMD strives to be a vital, contributing member of the communities in which we operate because we believe that the company’s health is directly related to the health of our communities,” said Allyson Peerman, director of global community affairs, AMD. “In 2005, AMD invested $4.3 million in cash contributions globally, proudly working with organizations like the Basic Needs Coalition of Central Texas that are committed to strengthening the community and helping others succeed.”
In Austin, where the company employs more than 3,000 employees, AMD donated more than $800,000 to the local community in 2005. Recipient organizations in Austin include Austin’s People's Community Clinic, Meals on Wheels and More, Capital Area Food Bank, Family Eldercare, University of Texas College of Education, St. Edwards University, and Girlstart. In addition, AMD employees have volunteered more than 1,800 hours in Austin through company sponsored volunteer events and donated 534 pints of blood during on-campus blood drives.
AMD was recognized by the Austin Chronicle with the 2005 Corporate Acts of Civility award for contributing more than 300 Personal Internet Communicators (PICs) to hurricane evacuee shelters in Austin, San Antonio and Houston. The PIC labs were used by evacuees to register on “I’m safe” sites, apply for work and assistance, and communicate with family and friends. This donation to BNC extends AMD’s commitment to improve the lives of hurricane victims and Austin residents through a comprehensive, long-term approach to community advancement.
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