UIL employees raise money for typhoon victims

UIL Holdings Corp. is helping victims of a recent deadly typhoon in the Philippines by adding a 50-cent match to every dollar employees contribute to relief efforts.

UIL has launched a company-wide campaign encouraging employees to donate money to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan, one of the most powerful tropical cyclones ever recorded. To amplify employees’ donations, the UIL Holdings Corporation Foundation will add 50 cents to every dollar they contribute to eligible relief organizations.

The company match is available to employees of UIL and its operating companies: United Illuminating Co., Southern Connecticut Gas Co., Connecticut Natural Gas Corp. and The Berkshire Gas Co.

Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines, made landfall Nov. 7, carrying sustained winds in excess of 200 mph. After cutting a devastating path across the Philippines, it left thousands dead and hundreds of thousands of families without homes. As of Friday, the latest government death toll stood at 3,621, and survivors face shortages of food, clean water, medical supplies and housing.

“We’ve seen the media reports, and we’re all too aware of the dire conditions faced by Haiyan’s survivors in Tacolban and other hard-hit areas of the Philippines,” said Jim Torgerson, UIL’s president and chief executive officer. “At UIL and across our companies, our employees were looking for ways to help. In some cases they were already making donations on their own. So we authorized a company match to enhance the reach of their generosity.”

The matching funds from the UIL Holdings Corporation Foundation are available for employee donations up to $1,000. The donations must be made to eligible organizations that are providing relief in the Philippines, including the American Red Cross, AmeriCares, Save the Children, Oxfam and UNICEF. The matching funds come from UIL shareowners, rather than utility ratepayers.

“Our employees come from diverse backgrounds, as do our customers in the Connecticut and Massachusetts communities that we serve,” Torgerson said. “Directly as well as indirectly, we feel the impact of events on the other side of the globe. Our employees are always eager to display the generosity of spirit that is one of the hallmarks of American culture.”

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