Washington, DC, Jan. 29— The employees of Patton Boggs LLP have donated nearly $70,000 to help Haitians recover from a devastating earthquake that killed thousands and destroyed nearly every civic institution, home and school in its path.
The firm matched up to $50,000 of those donations. In addition, the firm has given $25,000 to the American Red Cross and $25,000 to Doctors Without Borders to help Haiti rebuild from the Jan. 12th earthquake that flattened nearly every government building and displaced more than 3 million people.
All told, the firm gave $169,575 to a broad array of relief organizations, including churches, hospitals and non-profit groups on the ground in Haiti. Employee donations ranged from $10 to $2,500. Nearly 40 percent of the firm’s 1,079 employees from nine offices donated to the cause.
“I have never been prouder of the employees of this firm,” said Stuart M. Pape, managing partner of the firm. “We hope that this will do more than build walls and roads. We hope that this instills hope in the people of Haiti that their neighbors across the water care.”
Haitian officials estimate that it would cost $3 billion to clean up the debris and erect new buildings and housing for the many people left without homes, schools, hospitals and even infrastructure like roads and sewers.
Nearly every day, there is an inspiring story about the rescue efforts taking place in Haiti and a tragic story about how little food there is for the people to eat, said Therese R. Gross, chief human resources officer of Patton Boggs. “We know there is still so much left to do and hope that this will only be the beginning.”