We Help Each Other: Poland Summer Floods
The floods that swept across central and southern Poland in summer 2010 were the result of a devastating series of weather events. Two months’ worth of rain poured down in just one 24-hour period. The Oder and Vistula rivers swelled to bursting, causing meter high floodwaters to deluge the towns of Kraków, Rzeszów and Sandomierz in southeastern Poland. More than 14,500 homes were damaged and nearly 8,000 people had to be evacuated. Losses were estimated at €2.5 billion. Among those seriously affected were 28 DHL Express Poland employees and their families. This is when Deutsche Post DHL Group’s We Help Each Other fund came into play. Providing financial assistance the WHEO fund helped restore their homes and lives.
Money to buy essentials
As part of the Group’s Living Responsibility program, WHEO is a registered charity. It works on the principle of ‘for employees from employees’. The money donated does not go to other organizations, and all donations received are passed on to employees in full. Any and all administrative costs are borne by the company.
“One employee said he had goose bumps when receiving his check,” Tomasz recalls. “Another, whose home stood in water four meters deep, told me how much it meant to know that his employer and his colleagues stood by him in times of need. He used the money to buy everyday essentials, beds, a table and chairs, clothing, a refrigerator, and a washing machine. All 28 employees were eager to express their gratitude for the timely support and the solidarity shown to themselves and their families.”
No red tape
Because no one can predict where and when disaster might strike again, WHEO collects donations all year round and holds them in trust, ready to provide colleagues with immediate financial assistance – sparing the red tape. Set up in early 2010 following the Haiti earthquake, We Help Each Other has raised a staggering €260,000 and has helped no less than 1,020 colleagues worldwide through December 2011. For those in Poland, life has returned to normal, but they will never forget their colleagues’ kindness.