MetLife Foundation Announces a $1 Million Contribution for Hurricane Sandy Relief Efforts
Foundation also Pledges to Match Additional $125,000 in Employee Contributions
NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- MetLife, Inc. (NYS: MET) today announced that MetLife Foundation will make a $1 million contribution toward relief and rebuilding efforts, including $500,000 to the American Red Cross and $500,000 to support long-term recovery needs. The company also announced that the Foundation will match up to $125,000 of employee contributions made to the American Red Cross.
"Times like these remind us why we're in business - to help people put their lives back together in their hour of need. At MetLife, we are doing everything we can to help our customers cope with the impact of the storm," said Steven A. Kandarian, chairman, president and chief executive officer of MetLife, Inc. "Our claims associates are on the ground helping customers find shelter, facilitating temporary repairs, and issuing advance payments for immediate expenses. We know there is still a tremendous amount of work to do before life returns to normal, and our thoughts are especially with those who were hardest hit by the storm."
The MetLife National Catastrophe Response Team is answering incoming calls to guide customers of MetLife Auto & Home through the claims process. MetLife's Catastrophe Response Vehicles have also been deployed to centrally located areas to help expedite claims reporting. Customers can contact MetLife's 24-hour claims hotline at 1-800-854-6011, or at MET_CAT@metlife.com. The online Disaster Advice Center at www.metlife.com/disasteradvice provides up-to-date information about where Catastrophe vehicles are located.
MetLife, Inc. is a leading global provider of insurance, annuities and employee benefit programs, serving 90 million customers. Through its subsidiaries and affiliates, MetLife holds leading market positions in the United States, Japan, Latin America, Europe and the Middle East. For more information, visit www.metlife.com.
About MetLife Foundation
The MetLife Foundation was established in 1976 to continue MetLife's longstanding tradition of corporate contributions and community involvement. The Foundation's commitment to building a secure future for individuals and communities worldwide is reflected in its dedication to empowering older adults, preparing young people and building livable communities. Since it was established, MetLife Foundation has provided more than $530 million in grants and $70 million in Program-Related Investments to nonprofit organizations addressing issues that have a positive impact in their communities. For more information, visit www.metlife.org.
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