“This company has just gone way beyond to help me and my family ever since the hurricane hit,” says Stefana Muller about her long time employer, CA Technologies, based in Islandia.
While much of the East Coast still recovers from the damage the super storm left in its wake, CA Technologies employees rallied together to help neighbors, colleagues and affected communities.
Stefana, her husband, and one and five-year-old daughters waded through flood waters at low tide during a mandatory evacuation for their Babylon neighborhood. They arrived at her parents house, expecting to stay the night.
Two months later, they’re still not back in their home.
In addition to over three feet of water throughout their house, the Muller’s had two outside oil tanks that were lifted up by the rising flood waters, only to come down on the cement and crack open. Over 250 gallons of oil spilled out and were swept with the water into their house, through crawl space, even seeping into the foundation. Left alone, foundation issues as well as fumes will create a bigger problem later on. Such an oil clean up is enormously complicated, expensive – and mostly uncovered by the Muller’s homeowner’s and flood policies.
“Everyone’s been great, trying to suggest ways of getting assistance, but so far everything’s been a dead end”, says Stefana. “Right now we’re just waiting to see what we will get back from our insurance for the flood damage and trying to find a loan while we consider our only two options – tearing down the house completely, or lifting up the house and removing the ruined foundation.”
In the meantime, Stefana says, her company CA Technologies has helped to “alleviate the pain” of the chaos, providing what she calls “a wave of assistance and support.”
First came boxes and packing supplies and volunteers to help her family move salvageable items from her home into storage. Fellow employees she’s known for years, along with staff she’d never met before, offered to help clear out her house, take over her office paperwork load, donated gas when gas stations had none, toys for her kids, tax and insurance advice, even temporary housing. And some of these compassionate people had their own hurricane nightmares on their hands, trees on their house, no electricity, etc. CA Tech’s day care stayed open extended hours, and offered use of the building’s gym for employee’s children whose school’s were closed due to the hurricane. “The day care center offered to take my 5 year old when usually I just drop my baby off there. They knew so many of the kids had no school and they provided a safe place for the kids to be while their parents were working right there in the building.”
Most impressively, CA Technologies found a way to assist Stefana’s husband Jay, who had worked from home and was left without a basic desk. “He was either driving 2-1/2 hours to his company’s headquarters in Manhattan, working out of his car, or working out of a Starbucks. I asked my company if there was any way my husband could rent some office space in our Islandia office, even though they don’t normally rent out individual cubicles. Within two days, Human Resources and Facilities and Security offered him a free cubicle, with full use of the place, printer etc., for the next few months. You can’t imagine what a burden that has lifted – not only does he have a stable home base to work from, but now we can commute together to and from work so our family isn’t separated as much.”
Another employee, Rob Schipf, was similarly displaced the day after the hurricane when his Babylon home became unlivable. After moving as much as they could upstairs, he and his wife took their kids and went to his mother in law’s small apartment. And that’s where they still are. “What are you gonna do?” Rob asks. “I have to make lemonade out of lemons.” Rob says he’s “become consumed with the processes” involved in trying to get back home. He had to pull out ruined sheetrock, drag out destroyed furniture, and board up his house. “With my daughter’s allergies, there’s no way we could return now.” Their house is still without a boiler or heat. In addition to help from his parish, St. Joseph’s, and from a local group, Babylon Helps, Rob credits his company, CA Technologies, with “reaching out and asking what I needed.”
“The culture at CA Technologies begins and ends with helping others,” said Bill McCracken, CEO, CA Technologies. “Many of our East Coast-based employees were affected by Hurricane Sandy, yet they still came out to support others in need. I am very proud of their commitment to our community and to each other.”
Employee and company contributions to the Red Cross relief efforts in support of Hurricane Sandy have now totaled more than $200,000.
“Hurricane Sandy devastated lives and entire communities, and the Red Cross is so grateful for CA Technologies and its employees for stepping up to help us bring much-needed relief,” said Neal Litvack, Chief Development Officer at the Red Cross. “With CA Technologies generous and timely support, the Red Cross has provided food, water, shelter, relief supplies and health care, and we’ll continue to be there as those hardest hit take the difficult steps toward recovery.”
CA Technologies and its employees have been active volunteers in disaster relief efforts since the storm hit. In Long Island and New York City, for example employees held food drives for Island Harvest; collected clothing for New York Cares; scheduled blood drives for the New York Blood Center, and donated toys to children affected by the hurricane through Family-to-Family and the Salvation Army Angel Tree program.
“We were all blown away by the enormity of the situation and wanted to get out there to do whatever we could to help. As usual, our colleagues stepped up to the plate quickly to lend a hand, assisting the Red Cross in affected communities by providing comfort kits. While it was heartbreaking to see firsthand the challenges people faced, it felt good to do something to make a real difference.” – Pouya Khani, senior director, HR Operations, CA Technologies, Islandia.
Employees also participated in a Day of Action for New York, a volunteer project to assist with clean-up efforts organized by the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative and received a special thanks for joining President and Chelsea Clinton to support this initiative.
“It was rewarding to join forces with the Army National Guard and the Clinton Global Initiative to assist those in need following Hurricane Sandy. People were comforted by the efforts of volunteers, service providers, the military and others who came through. It was gratifying to play a part in this amazing effort.” – Hayley Hirschfield, associate expense analyst, CA Technologies, Islandia.
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