On anniversary of Hurricane Irene, Pitney Bowes Foundation provides $35,000 to help school and public libraries

For Immediate Release
Tue, 08/21/2012

Contact:

Michael P. Dowling
Director
Office of Chapter & Int’l Relations International Relations Office (IRO)
1-800-545-2433 ext. 3200
mdowling@ala.org

CHICAGO —Thanks to a generous grant of $35,000 from Pitney Bowes Foundation, the American Library Association has distributed $3,500 in donations to 10 libraries.  Last year, Hurricane Irene caused widespread destruction and major flooding in the Northeast during the last week of August 2011. 

Libraries were not spared, with many suffering extensive damage, forcing closings, lost materials and equipment.  The local communities rallied in support of their libraries over the past year, making great progress to re-establish services, but recovery is a long process.  These grants will help the following ten libraries continue rebuilding their collections and resources.

  • West Bristol School, Bristol, Conn.
  • Altamont, N.Y.
  • Middleburgh, N.Y.
  • Wells Memorial Library, Upper Jay, N.Y.
  • Moffat Library, Washingtonville, N.Y.
  • Phoenicia Library, Phoenicia, N.Y.
  • Schoharie, N.Y.
  • Wallkill Public Library, Wallkill, N.Y.
  • Rye Free Reading Room, Rye, N.Y.
  • MacArthur Elementary School, Binghamton, N.Y.

“We are grateful for the support that the Pitney Bowes Foundation is providing to help so many libraries impacted during Hurricane Irene,” says ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels.  “These funds will help the libraries re-establish themselves to provide services and resources so needed to a recovering community.”

”We are very proud to support the American Library Association in rebuilding libraries impacted by Hurricane Irene late last year.  At Pitney Bowes, we understand the critical importance that literacy and education have in our communities,” states Kathleen Ryan Mufson, president of the Pitney Bowes Foundation.  “Libraries are community hubs that give children and adults access to books, computers, training and other resources that are integral to literacy, lifelong learning and workforce development.  We are pleased to provide support to these ten libraries.”   

About Pitney Bowes: Delivering more than 90 years of innovation, Pitney Bowes provides software, hardware and services that integrate physical and digital communications channels. Long known for making its customers more productive, Pitney Bowes is increasingly helping other companies grow their business through advanced customer communications management.  Pitney Bowes is a $5.3 billion company with 29,000 employees worldwide. Pitney Bowes: Every connection is a new opportunity™. 

About the Pitney Bowes Foundation: The Pitney Bowes Foundation is a private entity with a mission to support education, literacy and the diverse community interests of Pitney Bowes employees.  We commit our resources to closing the achievement gap and preparing the workforce of tomorrow.  For information about these programs and other Pitney Bowes Corporate Citizenship and Philanthropy initiatives, please visit pb.com/community.