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Thrivent Members And Others Support Hurricane Relief Efforts
March 8, 2018 | Samantha Mehrotra, Manager, Public Relations
Volunteers donate more than 136,000 hours of their time and help raise $11.7 million
to make a difference
Through numerous acts of generosity, Thrivent, along with more than 30,000 of its members and other individuals across the country, raised and donated more than $11.7 million and contributed approximately 136,000 hours of volunteer time to help those impacted by the 2017 hurricanes.
“When devastation strikes, Thrivent members step up to make a difference,” said Brad Hewitt, CEO of Thrivent. “We are hopeful these efforts will help people in storm-affected areas get the supplies and resources they need to start rebuilding and recovering.”
Thrivent members inspire with their generosity
Thrivent members and others across the country made personal donations to nine disaster response agencies, totaling an impressive cumulative amount of $2.97 million. These funds were matched dollar for dollar by Thrivent. Members also directed more than $1.13 million through the Thrivent Choice® program, a charitable granting program that allows eligible Thrivent members to recommend where Thrivent gives some of its charitable funds each year. This collective impact generated $7.1 million to help people in need after a record hurricane season.
Thrivent members take action
Beyond personal donations, Thrivent members spearheaded 1,200 Thrivent Action Teams in their individual communities to help raise an additional $1.64 million. Believing that positive change begins with taking action, these teams gave more than 136,000 hours of their time to organize projects directly benefiting those affected by these storms.
Participating in Thrivent Action Teams allow members to put their faith into action. With Thrivent’s support, eligible members are provided with promotional collateral, t-shirts and a $250 Community Impact Card that can be used as seed money to purchase project supplies and create materials.
Teaming up with Habitat for Humanity
To extend the impact of members’ efforts, Thrivent served as a keystone partner of Habitat Hammers Back, a repair and rebuilding initiative for communities impacted by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. On behalf of the organization’s members, Thrivent gave a $1 million grant to the Habitat Hammers Back initiative. However, due to the tremendous work and cleanup in the wake of these storms, Thrivent provided an additional $2 million through a long-standing partnership with Habitat for Humanity. These funds will allow Thrivent members and others to travel in the coming years to affected areas and volunteer alongside families who need assistance.
In total, the $11.7 million will support a wide range of recovery and rebuilding efforts, including helping nine organizations providing aid on ground. For more information on how to get involved and continue to make a difference, visit LiveGenerously.com/HurricaneResponse.
About Thrivent FinancialThrivent is a not-for-profit membership organization that helps Christians be wise with money and live generously. It offers its more than 2 million member-owners a broad range of products, services and guidance nationwide. For more than a century it has helped members make wise money choices that reflect their values while providing them opportunities to demonstrate their generosity where they live, work and worship. For more information, visit Thrivent.com. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.