Wabtec Donates $100,000 to Support Ukraine Refugee Relief Efforts
The Wabtec Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Wabtec
Corporation (NYSE: WAB), today announced a donation of $100,000 to
support Ukrainian refugee relief efforts. The donation will be
split equally between the International Rescue Committee (IRC) and
World Central Kitchen, which are in the region helping the growing
number of civilians leaving Ukraine.
“In times like this, it’s important for the world to come
together to support those most impacted by this conflict,” said
Rafael Santana, President and CEO for Wabtec. “By supporting the
International Rescue Committee and World Central Kitchen, we hope
Ukrainian civilians find comfort and relief in this time of need.
Our thoughts are with the people of Ukraine, our employees in the
region, and their friends and families.”
Currently, the United Nations estimates more than 1.5 million
civilians have fled the fighting in Ukraine. It is the fastest
growing refugee crisis since World War II. From the start of the
conflict, the IRC and World Central Kitchen have been in the region
servicing those in need.
The IRC is working to scale up support to the government and
civil society and to provide for the basic needs of the refugees.
The IRC is working with partners in Poland and Ukraine to quickly
mobilize resources and provide critical support to civilians forced
to flee their homes. The World Central Kitchen began serving hot,
nourishing meals in Poland within a day of when the conflict
started. The charity is now set up at eight border crossings, as
well in Przemyśl—a city receiving many refugee families.
The Wabtec Foundation’s “Caring for Our Communities” program
works to make the world a better place. It’s been a goal – and part
of the business – for over 150 years. To have meaningful,
sustainable impact, the foundation takes a holistic approach toward
investing in communities Wabtec employees live and work.
About International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee responds to the world’s worst
humanitarian crises, helping to restore health, safety, education,
economic wellbeing, and power to people devastated by conflict and
disaster. Founded in 1933 at the call of Albert Einstein, the IRC
is at work in over 40 countries and over 20 U.S. cities helping
people to survive, reclaim control of their future, and strengthen
their communities. Learn more at www.rescue.org and follow the IRC
on Twitter & Facebook.
About World Central Kitchen
Founded in 2010 by Chef José Andrés, World Central Kitchen (WCK)
is first to the frontlines, providing meals in response to
humanitarian, climate, and community crises while working to build
resilient food systems with locally led solutions. WCK has served
more than 60 million fresh meals to people impacted by natural
disasters and other crises around the world. WCK’s Resilience
Programs strengthen food and nutrition security by training chefs
and school cooks; advancing clean cooking practices; and awarding
grants to farms, fisheries, and small food businesses while also
providing educational and networking opportunities. Learn more at
Wabtec Corporation (NYSE: WAB) is focused on creating
transportation solutions that move and improve the world. The
company is a leading global provider of equipment, systems, digital
solutions and value-added services for the freight and transit rail
industries, as well as the mining, marine and industrial markets.
Wabtec has been a leader in the rail industry for over 150 years
and has a vision to achieve a zero-emission rail system in the U.S.
and worldwide. The company has approximately 27,000 employees
located at facilities in 50 countries throughout the world. Visit
Wabtec’s new website at: www.wabteccorp.com.
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