Intel says more than 2,000 employees have donated to relief efforts to help the victims of the massive Jan. 12 earthquake in Haiti.
According to a post on Intel’s Website Jan. 18, the Intel Foundation is donating $250,000 and matching employee donations “up to $2,000 per employee.”
In addition, researchers with Intel’s IT group, using such events as the tsunami that struck South Asia in 2004 and Hurricane Katrina, which hit New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast in 2005, are looking at ways technology and technical expertise can be used to help the situation in Haiti.
Intel’s efforts are part of a continuing wave of aid coming from the IT industry in the days after the earthquake struck the poor island nation, which is still suffering from a series of aftershocks, including a magnitude-6.1 event Jan. 20. The Jan. 12 magnitude-7 earthquake is estimated to have killed 200,000 people, injured 250,000 more and left more than 1.5 million people homeless.
Other vendors, such as Advanced Micro Devices, also are matching employee contributions. Hewlett-Packard is giving the American Red Cross $500,000 for relief efforts, and the HP Company Foundation will give up to another $250,000 in matching employee contributions.
Both Dell and Sun Microsystems have links on their home pages that people can click on to donate money to the relief efforts.
A host of other technology companies, such as Google, Microsoft, T-Mobile USA and Salesforce.com, also have given aid and expertise to help the Haitian people.