Catholic Charities USA receives $500,000 Walmart grant to enhance disaster response institute

Alexandria, Va. (September 26, 2018) – Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) has received a $500,000 grant from Walmart to enhance programs for the annual disaster response training institute.

The Applied Institute for Disaster Excellence (AIDE) is CCUSA’s week-long disaster operations program. AIDE provides cutting edge training in preparedness planning to strengthen the effectiveness of the Catholic Charities network disaster response. Program training is available to anyone regardless of organizational affiliation.

“Our network was put to the test dealing with the aftermath of the hurricanes last year,” said Sister Donna Markham OP, PhD, president and CEO of CCUSA. “And we passed the test, in large part, because of our agencies’ ability to respond immediately and professionally. By supporting AIDE, Walmart’s grant will help us train more staff to respond with skill, knowledge and speed when the next disaster occurs.”

The Walmart grant will augment AIDE in three main ways: underwriting the cost of the institute allowing participants to pay reduced fees; launching a mobile training program called “Providing Resilience through Engaged Preparedness” (PREP), and development of an online Tech Training Site, featuring web-based learning with built-in teaching aids.

“As disasters increase in their severity and frequency, it is more important than ever that we invest in a stronger resiliency system, not just respond to in the moment” said Julie Gehrki, Vice President of Walmart. “The expansion of AIDE utilizes technology in a new way to increase the capacity of local organizations to respond with speed and efficiency, preparing local leaders to support their community when it needs it the most.”

It is the mission of Walmart to create opportunities so people can live better. Whether it is through grants or through inspiring volunteer efforts of Walmart associates, Walmart is passionate about helping people live better, one community at a time. For more information about Walmart’s commitment to communities, please visit their website at giving.walmart.com

AIDE will take place December 3-7, 2018, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Please visit the event website for additional information about this year’s institute.

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A member of Caritas Internationalis, Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) is the national office for Catholic Charities agencies nationwide. Catholic Charities USA’s members provide help and create hope to more than 15 million people a year regardless of religious, social or economic backgrounds. To learn more about CCUSA, please visit our website at www.catholiccharitiesusa.org.