Enterprise's 2017 disaster aid reaches $3M after Irma pledge

Miami homes left damaged in the wake of Hurricane Irma. Photo credit: Felix Mizioznikov / Shutterstock.com

The Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation announced Wednesday it has pledged $750,000 to the American Red Cross and $250,000 to Americares to help communities devastated by Hurricane Irma.

The $1 million in donations from the philanthropic arm of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car brand will go towards relief efforts in both the Southeast U.S. and the Caribbean, the company said.

Enterprise's support for disaster relief now totals $3 million this year.

Following its Annual Disaster Giving Program donation of $1 million to the American Red Cross earlier this year, Enterprise gifted another $1 million to support Hurricane Harvey last month.

"We know firsthand how services from the American Red Cross and Americares can be life-changing and make a positive difference for disaster victims," Enterprise Rent-A-Car Foundation senior vice president and executive director Carolyn Kindle Betz said in a news release. "These are the communities where our employees and customers live and work, and we will continue to support the efforts of those organizations to help people in their times of greatest need."

Throughout Florida, Enterprise Holdings, owner of the Enterprise Rent-A-Car, National Car Rental and Alamo Rent A Car brands, was forced to close more than 100 of its over 500 neighborhood and airport car rental locations due to power outages following the storm.

Currently, only more than half of the initially closed locations have resumed operations.

For Southeast Florida customers who rented vehicles but had to drop them off elsewhere, Enterprise Holdings' said it has waived the company’s one-way rental fees.

In the Caribbean, while the Enterprise location in Turks and Caicos has reopened, in Tortola, St. Maarten and St. Barths where some of the heaviest damage occurred, Enterprise Holdings' franchises still remain closed for inbound reservations.

Enterprise said it has started to work with neighboring partners in the recovery process and local customers in need of vehicle rentals.

Enterprise Holdings' franchise location employees in the Caribbean have continued to follow the ongoing storm activity to determine any potential need for additional closures within the region, according to the company.

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