The employee-owners of Recology, the nation’s leading recycling company, donated $40,000 today to the Pilipino Bayanihan Resource Center of Daly City to help fund relief efforts in response to Typhoon Haiyan. The storm, one of the most powerful ever recorded, left a wide swath of ruin, homelessness, and human despair. More than 5,000 Filipinos lost their lives.
To make the contribution possible more than 400 Recology employees donated vacation time and the company added a dollar-for-dollar match. The funding will help pay for vital medical relief supplies including needed medicines. Officials estimate 25,000 people were injured.
“Getting this donation from the employee-owners of Recology and getting it so quickly is extremely helpful,” said PBRC President Erlinda Galeon.
Recology is the recycling company for San Francisco and for 11 cities in San Mateo County and a 100 percent employee-owned business. “When we saw the magnitude of what happened in the Philippines our employees immediately expressed a desire to help,” said Mike Sangiacomo, Recology’s President and CEO.
On the Peninsula, Recology’s drivers, mechanics, and recycling sorters belong to the Teamsters union. “The brothers and sisters of Teamsters 350 who are also owner employees of Recology were proud to support the relief efforts in the Philippines,” said Bob Morales, Secretary-General Treasurer for the union local.
PBRC is a non-profit, community-based organization that provides direct services and education to the Filipino population in Daly City and San Mateo County. PBRC aims to empower the Filipino community by promoting dignity, equality, and independence.