Naperville, Ill. -- OfficeMax today announced it is extending support to the thousands of people still without electricity by providing free in-store charging stations, fax, scan and email services to help those affected by Hurricane Sandy stay connected and get back to business. The retailer also partnered with nonprofit AdoptAClassroom.org to launch the Hurricane Relief for Teachers (HuRT) program to help restore damaged classrooms along the east coast.
Now through the end of November, OfficeMax stores through all of New Jersey and Connecticut, as well as select locations in New York and Pennsylvania are providing free in-store services to aid local communities in the recovery process.
"East coast communities impacted by the hurricane are struggling to recover in light of the broad damage, power outages and devastation Hurricane Sandy brought, and as a local member of these communities we want to help," said Ravi Saligram, OfficeMax president and CEO. "Whether it's providing a warm place for customers to charge their phones or helping people to submit their insurance claims from hurricane damage, we want to be a part of the recovery process."
OfficeMax also helped AdoptAClassroom.org launch HuRT today with an immediate $10,000 donation, which the nonprofit is channeling directly to teachers across affected states to help them purchase materials for temporary classrooms where schools have been shuttered.
In addition to the $10,000 donation, now through Nov. 16 OfficeMax will match every dollar – up to $15,000 – that is donated at checkout counters of all its retail locations nationwide or through AdoptAClassroom.org/HuRT.