Google.org and Googlers are donating more than $125,000 to flood relief efforts in Iowa and Nebraska to support the work of organizations such as the American Red Cross, Team Rubicon and United Way of the Midlands. The support will help communities devastated by flooding in early March.
“Google is proud to call Iowa home, and we felt it was important to support our neighbors in need that have been affected by the catastrophic floods this spring,” said Dan Harbeke, Google’s area head of public policy and external affairs.
“Individual Googlers from across the company, along with a direct contribution from the Council Bluffs data center and combined with matching gift from Google.org, generously contributed to these flood relief efforts to help their communities rebuild.”
In addition to monetary donations, Googlers have also donated their time. Local site personnel collected donations — food, water, cleaning supplies, clothing — to provide to the surrounding community relief agencies.
Google’s data center in Iowa officially came online 10 years ago this year. Since then, Google has invested more than $2.5 billion and established a long-term commitment to the region and state.
Google employs more than 400 people at its Iowa facility and has awarded more than $1.5 million to local schools and nonprofits since 2009.