Hurricane Harvey devastated large portions of Texas.The natural disaster brought unwanted attention to PastorJoel Olsteen and his Mega church when he refused to open his church’s doors to flood victims. Stream Energy chose a different tactic, however. When the company saw that its friends and neighbors in Texas needed help, it stepped up its philanthropic efforts.
Hurricane Harvey did not make it to a category 5 on the hurricane scale, but it cost as much as Catrina. The two storms are tied for being the costliest cyclones in United States History, according to thebalance.com. While the winds from the storm damaged building and knocked out power lines throughout the state, the flooding caused most of the damage. FEMA estimated the damage from the storm at around $125 billion dollars.
If the storm had moved on, as many other cyclones do, it would have caused far less damage. A high pressure system above and below Texas caused the storm to stall over the state for weeks. Many areas of the state that do not normally see floods soon found themselves inundated.
Stream Energy stepped up. The company used its profits to make sure that their neighbors had food and clean water. The direct sales energy company also stepped up when Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico. It sent aid to the island faster than FEMA and the Trump organization.
Philanthropy may not be Stream Energy’s core goal, but it believes in helping out people in need. Customers of the company also know it specializes in providing affordable energy to its customers. Dallas-based Stream Energy’s philanthropic efforts extend beyond hurricane relief. Texas residents know that the company provides charitable aid to many different community-based organizations. People do not need to suffer over 51 inches of rain from a single storm to receive the company’s community contributions