Google commits $100k to local COVID-19 relief fund

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Employees from Google Austin are supporting the local community by committing $100,000 to families who have been impacted by the COVID-19 coronavirus. 

Google employees and Google.org, the philanthropic arm of the tech giant, is supporting GiveDirectly's campaign to raise relief funds for families through the Austin area. The money raised will go directly to families in the form of a $1000 direct cash payment.

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"Our employees have seen firsthand the devastating effects of COVID-19—including food and income insecurity—on fellow Austinites and their families," said Greg Garrison, Google Austin site lead. "We understand how critically supportive direct cash payments will be for these families, and we are very grateful to GiveDirectly and Google.org for the opportunity to assist our community members during this time."

On April 12, 2020, Google announced it's initial  $1 million donation to GiveDirectly's relief fund in California's Bay Area. According to the company, the original donation" parked" a ripple effect throughout Google offices located around the country, leading to Google Austin's $100k commitment. 

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You can donate to Austin GiveDirectly here. Google says it's company employees can double the impact of their contributions by using their emp0loyee donation match benefits via Google.org. 

Google has also donated $100k to the Austin Educational Fund so that they may continue to support Austin Communities in need. 

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