For three months in 2010, the Deepwater Horizon oil spill flowed in the Gulf of Mexico across the southern coastline of the U.S., causing extensive damage to marine and wildlife habitats and to the Gulf's fishing and tourism industries. CGI and our members wanted to help our neighbors living in the states affected by the oil spill.
Teams of CGI members rolled up their sleeves and volunteered their time and collected supplies and thousands of dollars—and CGI provided company matching funds—for several organizations providing relief in the affected states. Here are just a few examples of the relief provided.
Alabama Wildlife Center
Members in our Birmingham and Troy, AL offices collected money and supplies to support the Alabama Wildlife Center in saving wildlife endangered by the spill. Members collected 14 pounds of Pepto-Bismol® (to counter oil ingestion) and 43 pounds of Dawn® dishwashing liquid (to remove the oil) to help save affected birds and wildlife.
Beth Bloomfield, Executive Director, Alabama Wildlife Center stated: “We are so touched by the fact that your company and employees are responding to the Gulf Coast oil spill crisis with your compassionate collection drive. CGI is a great example of corporate social responsibility. We appreciate your efforts.”
Baton Rouge Area Foundation
Through member donations and company matching funds, CGI raised $14,500 for the Baton Rouge Area Foundation (BRAF). BRAF works to help people, wildlife and the environment along Louisiana’s coast that were impacted by the oil spill.
Bay Area Food Bank
CGI and our members donated $14,500 and volunteered with the Bay Area Food Bank (BAFB) to distribute food to out-of-work fishing families. A group of members from our Troy, AL office traveled one Saturday to Bayou La Batre, AL to organize, load and distribute 200 cans of food and 50 pounds of dry goods from a mobile food pantry.
National Wildlife Federation
CGI member donations and company matching funds totaling $16,000 were donated to the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) to rehabilitate and aid animals hurt and/or displaced by the oil spill. NWF volunteers were on the ground throughout the Gulf States searching for at risk species and oiled animals in need of rehab.