When Hurricane Harvey hampered operations at DSC’s logistics centers in Texas, it also affected the lives of many of the company’s employees as their homes and possessions were lost to or damaged by flooding.
Responding to reports from the field and to employees asking how they could help, DSC’s HR team worked with the Finance and Marketing Communications teams to establish a GoFundMe campaign and a grant application process. Hundreds of employees donated to the fund and DSC matched the amount of their donations.
The process was set up to be quick and efficient. Employees applying for grants explained and documented the nature of their losses and a committee reviewed applications and made decisions about the distribution. Decisions were driven by local leaders close to the situation.
Some employees have used funds to make repairs to their seriously damaged houses, while others have used the money to replace food that was lost and to get back on track after lost time at work. They all expressed their gratitude to DSC and the employees who donated.
In his letter to DSC, an employee whose family lost their home and possessions wrote, “It is a rather long process rebuilding one’s life and every little bit helps. It starts with the spirit. It is so uplifting to know that my DSC family is supporting myself and the others that have been impacted by this disaster.”