Milwaukee-based Northwestern Mutual said Wednesday it is pledging
$250,000 to the American Red Cross.
The funds will support
the Red Cross Disaster Responder Program, with $200,000 allocated to
the national program and $50,000 for Wisconsin relief, according to
a statement. Funding supports Red Cross disaster relief activities,
including sheltering, feeding, purchasing and distributing relief
supplies, storing equipment, providing health and emotional support,
and reconnecting individuals separated during disasters, the
"You never know when a
disaster can strike, but you can be prepared," said Jo Eisenhart,
senior vice president, human resources, facilities and strategic
philanthropy at Northwestern Mutual. "Through our partnership with
the Red Cross, Northwestern Mutual is able to play a part in the
road to recovery for our neighbors, both here in Wisconsin and
across the nation, when a disaster strikes."
In 2013, the Disaster
Responder Program provided response for emergencies in all 50
states, serving more than 19.6 million meals and providing 7.8
million relief items.