In the wake of Hurricane Ida and its destruction across communities in Louisiana, CITGO has announced a direct donation of $50,000 to the United Way of Southwest Louisiana (UWSWLA). The funds are intended to assist those impacted by the storm and to assist in the recovery and rebuilding efforts. One of three refineries operated by CITGO is located in the Lake Charles region of Louisiana.
The donation was made in response to the “$50K Ida Challenge,'' issued by UWSWLA and the City of Lake Charles, which serves the four parishes most heavily affected by Hurricane Ida.
“When hurricanes Laura and Delta hit Southwest Louisiana last year, United Way of South Louisiana provided a helping hand,” CITGO President and CEO Carlos Jordá said in a press release. “And now we are proud to do our part, return the favor and meet the ‘$50K Ida Challenge’ to assist the parishes impacted by the storm.”
Hurricane Ida became the second-most damaging and intense hurricane to strike Louisiana on record, falling behind only Hurricane Katrina. The Category 4 storm claimed lives and property losses, with residents in the Louisiana region bearing the brunt of the storm’s destruction.
Along with the destruction caused by Hurricane Ida comes the monetary impacts, which will be felt for years to come. Experts estimate that the hurricane could top $95 billion, which would place it at number seven in the top 10 costliest hurricanes since 2000.
In addition to their financial contributions, TeamCITGO also volunteered at UWSWLA’s supply drive that took place on September 4 and September 10, respectively, to collect donations for communities affected by the storm. Team CITGO traveled with UWSWLA to Houma, LA and helped distribute supplies from the donation drive, and provided approximately 3,000 hot meals to residents whose lives were impacted by Ida, including those still without power.
CITGO is a Houston-based leader within the refining industry and operates refineries located in Lake Charles, LA; Lemont, IL; and Corpus Christi, TX.