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WERC Gives Back

Here are myriad ways to make the world a better place by harnessing the power of the supply chain. As an association, WERC makes an ongoing effort to support those in need by sharing requests for help from organizations such as the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) and Feeding America with our members and customers. Additionally, through local WERCouncils, WERC members frequently give back to their communities through volunteer activities, funding scholarships and more.  You'll find both opportunities to help and kudos for WERC members' philanthropy here.

Help Make a Difference!


 

The American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) was founded by several professional and trade associations who came together after Hurricane Katrina to help provide humanitarian relief. Today ALAN comprises hundreds of supply-chain businesses who stand poised to respond in the event of disasters. We are experts in transportation, warehousing, cold storage, and distribution, and we can help locate and move goods from suppliers to affected communities rapidly and efficiently. 


If you are able to donate space and/or transportation please contact Kathy at kathy@ALANaid.org or submit your offer here: http://alanaid.org/how-to-help/offerinkind/

 




Our mission is to feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger. We feed 46 million people at risk of hunger, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors. Learn more about how we get food to people in need in our "How We Work" section. Support Feeding America and help solve hunger. 

Feeding America is looking for donations of equipment to replace what is lost in flooding and natural disasters. If you think you can help contact Mark Biewald at
mbiewald@feedingamerica.org

 




Our WERCouncils are committed to helping in their communities through grants for scholarships and supporting local causes. Volunteers are the backbone of WERC and our WERCouncils have made significant contributions to their communities.  

 

 


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American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) Mobilizes In Wake Of Southeast Tornados And FloodsOpen in a New Window

For Immediate Release/For further information, contact:  Lori Lockman, llockman@bellsouth.net; 770-653-1586

LAKELAND, Fla.– As relief efforts begin for Alabama’s and Georgia’s tornados and Tennessee’s recent floods, the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) is preparing to work overtime – and asking members of the logistics community to be ready to pitch in.

“Our hearts go out to the people who were impacted by Sunday’s tornados, which have proven to be among the deadliest and most destructive in U.S. history – and to the many Tennessee communities that have suffered significant flood damage,” said Kathy Fulton, ALAN’s Executive Director. “As always, ALAN stands ready to help with donated transportation, warehouse space, services and equipment, and we are mobilizing accordingly.”

Fulton said that ALAN will be updating its active disaster micro-site frequently as requests for post-tornado and flood logistics assistance begin to come in and working diligently to match requests with carriers, warehousing providers, 3PLs and other logistics organizations that have pre-offered their assistance via its volunteer/in-kind donation database.

“The need for our assistance hasn’t been extensive yet,” Fulton said.  “However the operative word is yet, which is why we hope members of the logistics community will access our micro-site often in the days or weeks ahead – or consider making a pre-offer of any space, services and equipment they might willing to donate or lend to relief efforts.”

Meanwhile, ALAN and Fulton urge logistics professionals to focus on ensuring that their Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee co-workers or employees are safe – and to resist the temptation to send unsolicited products, trucks or personnel directly to impacted areas.

“Many of these well-intended charitable efforts actually get in the way of what relief organizations are already there to do,” said Fulton. “So more often than not, the best way that our industry can help is by responding to specific requests or making a cash donation to a non-profit disaster relief organization that aligns with their organization’s mission and values.”   

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Founded in 2005 in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, ALAN is a philanthropic industry-wide organization that provides free logistics assistance to disaster relief organizations before, during and after catastrophic events.  It does this by bringing the expertise and resources of the logistics industry together with compassionate organizations so that help can arrive sooner, and each relief dollar can be maximized.  Over the years it has coordinated supply chain services for natural disasters including hurricanes, wildfires, tornados and floods.  To learn more visit www.alanaid.org.

 

 

American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) Mobilizes for California FiresOpen in a New Window

Effective immediately, the American Logistics Aid Network (ALAN) has expanded its disaster micro-site to include key details about the California fires and their related logistics needs. Click here to help: http://ow.ly/W6ql50jGQG8

Late yesterday, the organization fulfilled its first request for logistics assistance by providing donated transportation of comfort items and clean-up supplies to fire-impacted areas. 

“The need for our supply chain assistance to the people who are being impacted in California hasn’t been extensive yet,” ALAN Executive Director Kathy Fulton said. 

“However the operative word is yet, which is why we hope members of the logistics community will stay in touch with us often in the days or weeks ahead – or consider making a pre-offer of any space, services and equipment they’d be willing to donate to relief efforts. 

"Like many disasters this one will continue to be an ongoing story for us for many weeks or months to come, so every donation or offer of assistance truly helps.”