ING U.S. Supports Disaster Victims in the Philippines

December 5, 2013 Share: Print Subscribe to Email Alerts

ING U.S. Foundation provides grants to AmeriCares and Habitat for Humanity

ING U.S. announced today that the ING U.S. Foundation has donated $125,000 to support relief efforts for Typhoon Haiyan victims in the Philippines. These funds included a $75,000 donation to AmeriCares emergency response program, which has launched a large-scale relief effort in the Philippines, as well as a $50,000 donation to Habitat for Humanity for home rebuilding efforts in the affected region.

In addition to its support for AmeriCares and Habitat for Humanity, the ING U.S. Foundation is matching ING U.S. employee donations of $25 or more to U.S.-based nonprofit relief organizations.

“Like others around the globe, we found the news and pictures of the destruction from Typhoon Haiyan heartbreaking,” said Rhonda Mims, president of the ING U.S. Foundation. “Given the scope of the storm, rebuilding in the Philippines will take time. Our support for AmeriCares and Habitat for Humanity allows them to act where the help is needed, and aid from these organizations provides hope for those impacted by this devastating event.”

The ING U.S. Foundation is an AmeriCares’ “emergency response partner,” providing dedicated support that allows the organization to pre-position critical relief supplies in disaster-prone countries and quickly mobilize aid when the need arises. With the ING U.S. Foundation’s support, AmeriCares was able to pre-position medical aid supplies in the Philippines in advance of the storm and begin making preparations for an emergency shipment before Haiyan made landfall. Within 10 days, AmeriCares delivered $1.4 million in medical aid and relief supplies for survivors, and had teams of relief workers on the ground in four of the most devastated provinces. More aid shipments are planned in the coming weeks.

Habitat for Humanity’s immediate response efforts have included the distribution of cleanup and shelter repair kits to help families repair partially damaged homes. In addition to distributing the kits, Habitat for Humanity provides training on safe building practices. Longer-term response efforts will follow the organization’s model of assisting affected communities with housing solutions ranging from emergency shelter interventions to permanent home reconstruction.

Press inquiries:
Phil Margolis, ING U.S.
Office: (860) 580-2676
Cell: (860) 805-7642
phil.margolis@us.ing.com

About ING U.S.
ING U.S. (NYSE: VOYA), which plans to rebrand in the future as Voya Financial, is a premier retirement, investment and insurance company serving the financial needs of approximately 13 million individual and institutional customers in the United States. The company’s vision is to be America’s Retirement Company and its guiding principle is centered on solving the most daunting financial challenge facing Americans today — retirement readiness. Working directly with clients and through a broad group of financial intermediaries, independent producers, affiliated advisors and dedicated sales specialists, ING U.S. provides a comprehensive portfolio of asset accumulation, asset protection and asset distribution products and services. With a dedicated workforce of approximately 7,000 employees, ING U.S. is grounded in a clear mission to make a secure financial future possible — one person, one family and one institution at a time. For more information, visit http://ing.us.

About the ING U.S. Foundation
The ING U.S. Foundation's mission is to improve the quality of life in communities where ING U.S. operates and its employees and customers live. Through charitable giving and employee volunteerism, the foundation focuses on programs in the areas of financial literacy, children’s education, diversity and environmental sustainability. For more information, visit http://ing.us/about-ing/responsibility.

About AmeriCares
AmeriCares is a nonprofit global health and disaster relief organization that delivers medicines, medical supplies and aid to people in need around the world and across the United States. Since it was established in 1982, AmeriCares has distributed more than $11 billion in humanitarian aid to 164 countries. For more information, visit americares.org.

About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International's vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a critical foundation for breaking the cycle of poverty, Habitat has helped more than 4 million people construct, rehabilitate or preserve homes since 1976. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and supports a variety of funding models that enable families with limited resources to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org.