U.S. Chamber Connects Americans With Economic Recovery Tools

May 4, 2009

CHICAGO, IL – The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Business Civic Leadership Center (BCLC) today announced "Together for Recovery"—a new initiative that brings together business resources to help Americans ease the burden of the recession and accelerate economic recovery. The initiative was launched during the "Rally for Recovery" at BCLC's National Conference on Corporate Community Investment in Chicago.

"In times of distress, businesses play the role of problem solvers," said U.S. Chamber President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue. "As millions of Americans struggle to cope with this recession, corporate citizens around the country are offering all kinds of resources to help address critical needs from shelter and healthcare to job placement assistance."

BCLC researchers canvassed the U.S. Chamber membership and other Fortune 500 businesses to identify more than 200 offerings available at no cost to help individuals and communities. BCLC estimates that those resources—featured at www.togetherforrecovery.org/ —represent millions of dollars in corporate community assistance. Offers range from support for such immediate needs as shelter, food and healthcare, to long-range benefits such as small-business start-up support, skills training, financial literacy training, and job placement assistance.

Today's Rally for Recovery featured announcements from corporate executives representing Abbott, Allstate, Deloitte, Fannie Mae, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, ING Foundation, Microsoft, Motorola, Northrop Grumman, Office Depot Foundation, PNC Bank, Southwest Airlines, and UPS.

"Today we see companies and civic organizations coming together to get critical resources into the hands of those who are most in need," said Carolyn Berkowitz, vice president of Community Affairs for Capital One and co-chair of the BCLC Corporate Community Investment program. "In this way, the business community is truly demonstrating that we are 'Together for Recovery,' each contributing in unique and innovative ways to lend a helping hand."

The U.S. Chamber BCLC promotes better business and society relations. BCLC brings together business and civic leaders to foster complementary economic, environmental, and social goals that help build long-term community competitiveness and success.

The U.S. Chamber is the world's largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses and organizations of every size, sector, and region.

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