Microsoft to contribute $250,000, provide tech and services to aid Hurricane Irma relief efforts

Arif Bacchus

When Hurricane Harvey devastated the Texas area a few weeks ago, Microsoft became one of the first technology giants to step up and contribute to aid in relief efforts. The company then later one-upped itself and followed up later in the week to announce that it was also contributing $2.5 million in cash, tech, and services to assist businesses and other victims of the storm.

Today, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Florida, the Redmond giant is once again stepping up, announcing that it will be contributing $250,000 and providing tech and services to aid Hurricane Irma relief efforts.

Word on the contribution was spread on the Microsoft Philanthropies Twitter account. In a statement seen on this account, Mary Snapp, Microsoft Corporate Vice President, and head of Microsoft Philanthropies reflected on the need for aid, saying that Microsoft’s thoughts are with the millions of people impacted by Hurricane Irma in the Carribean and the United States. She also revealed that Microsoft’s employee giving program will be matching contributions.

Microsoft Philanthropies is raising its initial cash contribution to $250,000 and is also contributing millions of dollars in technology and services to support nonprofit and public-sector organizations participating in the response and recovery… In the long term we will work closely with those in the region to address the needs of the communities impacted. Microsoft is committed to contributing to play our part, now and in the months and years ahead.

Microsoft will be using social media and company websites to raise awareness for the need to provide help. If you would like to contribute to the American Red Cross, you can do so by clicking here. You also can contribute to Team Rubicon, which deploys emergency response teams of volunteer military veterans and first responders in order to provide best-­in-­class disaster response.