An Aramco volunteer removes debris from a flood-damaged home. The company organized a group of volunteers to help those in a Habitat neighborhood who were impacted by the storm.
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At the end of August, Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the U.S. Gulf Coast, causing historic flooding that claimed lives and damaged tens of thousands of homes and businesses. Immediately following the storm, Aramco reached out to a number of relief organizations to provide assistance.
Our U.S. headquarters are based in Houston. We’ve been here for almost 45 years and call this city our home. Throughout the decades, we have supported our neighbors and will continue to do so.
A group of Aramco employees and Saudi students are pictured at the work site where they helped clear out a damaged home.
The company’s Harvey relief efforts included in-kind donations — such as water, clothing and food; and large-scale logistical support to shelters housing thousands of flood victims. We also helped coordinate volunteer efforts for employees and Saudi-sponsored students.
Most notably, 70 plus Aramco employees and Saudi students – with the non-profit organization, “Hand by Hand” – teamed up to sort and package items at the Houston Food Bank for delivery to shelters and at-risk families. Our volunteer effort translated to more than 300,000 meals.
Volunteers worked to strip out water-soaked drywall and other materials.
Additionally, our volunteers supported Houston Habitat for Humanity to assist those who lost their homes in the flood. They teamed up to remove flood-soaked drywall, cabinetry and appliances in one of the Habitat neighborhoods, which saw 100 homes sustain major damage. The company's in-kind donation of building materials and other supplies supported the clean-up efforts.
Working with the Houston mayor’s office, Aramco donated critical materials to support first responders — including Houston Fire Department emergency personnel — who served on the front lines to rescue storm victims. Additionally, we provided in-kind building materials and other supplies to the city’s relief shelters.
To date, Aramco’s Harvey relief efforts have supported more than 30 organizations, with our employees collectively providing thousands of hours of volunteer service. In the weeks and months ahead, we will continue to help the city recover. Working with our community partners, we have already scheduled a number of activities to support local food banks, clothing drives, housing rebuild projects, environmental clean-up efforts, shelters, and more.
Saudi students package items at the Houston Food Bank for delivery to neighboring shelters.
Basil Abul-Hamayel, president & CEO of Aramco Services Company, commended the volunteers for giving their time and energy to help those impacted by the storm. “Of the many things I have learned during this crisis,” he said, “is the generosity of spirit that's ingrained in the Aramco workforce and its willingness to step up in any way necessary."