We would like to extend a HUGE 'Thank You' to everyone that donated to our Giving Compassion campaign for the employees in Houston. Your generosity is overwhelming! The donations totaled $4,920, or 98% of our goal. This resounding success shows the true character and compassion of the people with whom we work. No matter the amount of the donation, big or small, it was a part of something bigger.
Terri Voelkel will be working with Manager Syed Rizvi to ensure the needs of the Houston office are met.
Again, thank you to everyone. The spirit of coming together like this is inspirational and shows a oneness throughout the company. We are all Fiducial.
Over the weekend we all watched in disbelief at the deluge of rain dumped on Southeast Texas by Hurricane Harvey. Some forecasters predict 50 inches or more of rain may fall in some areas before the storm finally moves on later this week. We are calling on the extended Fiducial family and our partners to help our Houston-based 'family' in their time of loss and need.
We have received word from Syed Rizvi, Branch Manager of the Fiducial office in Houston that there is utter devastation throughout the area. Some of the office employees have suffered loss but are safe, albeit trapped by water and unable to get out. Additionally, many of the clients have suffered tremendous damage from the ongoing storm. The two local reservoirs are at capacity and water is being released in a controlled fashion causing additional flooding. This is being done to minimize uncontrolled release or catastrophic dam failure that could flood as much as 60% of Houston.
Primarily serving our clients as accountants we work with numbers. Here are some numbers associated with Harvey to emphasize the magnitude of this storm:
* 49.76", the average annual rainfall at Houston's Bush Intercontinental Airport. Some areas will receive over 50" from Harvey.
* 96+, the number of hours Harvey has remained a named storm after the first landfall.
* 1, Harvey will most-likely set the all-time Lower 48 U.S. rainfall record from a tropical cyclone.
We would like to show Houston how generous the extended Fiducial family can be in the face of extreme tragedy and loss. We ask everyone to donate what you can so that we may offer a hand up to our co-workers. To highlight the giving nature, Federated is waiving all administrative fees normally associated with a Giving Compassion campaign and Fiducial will cover all the normal PayPal fees so that 100% of all donations are available for those in need.
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This fundraising campaign is intended to benefit our Houston-based co-workers and friends, and as such, donations are not tax deductible. Further, this campaign is NOT an effort to raise funds for funeral related expenses, but in all other regards it is a "Campaign" as described in the Giving Compassion.care terms and conditions, and to that extent, those terms and conditions shall apply to both donators and recipients. This is a voluntary effort to provide financial assistance, and neither Fiducial nor any Fiducial employee shall be liable for the administration or use of the donated funds.
Syed Rizvi and Terri Voelkel (Senior Manager - Employee Relations) will provide the Houston-based employees with information concerning the campaign and the procedure to apply for assistance. All efforts will be made to provide assistance to those employees demonstrating need on a fair and non-discriminatory basis as campaign funds are available, with an initial limit of [$500] per applicant.