Resolution Copper helps others through COVID-19

Over the last several weeks, Resolution Copper has been actively working with communities to address the COVID-19 crisis and its impacts. On April 23, Resolution Copper partnered with United Food Bank and White Mountain Apache Tribe to deliver 75,000 meals to tribal members. 

Now, Resolution Copper is partnering with the Mesa Chamber of Commerce and the United Food Bank to provide more than 50,000 cans of safe, clean drinking water to vulnerable communities in Arizona.

With temperatures reaching triple-digits already and government officials saying this will be a difficult summer for heat relief, this water will provide a great reprieve from the unrelenting high temperatures to those less fortunate during an already difficult time.

Oskar Blues Brewery and the nonprofit organization Can’d Aid is supplying the water in aluminum cans. The water will arrive on May 4 to United Food Bank in Mesa, AZ. Can’d Aid, in partnership with Ball Corporation and Oskar Blues, has responded to 29 natural and human-made disasters in the U.S. and Puerto Rico by providing nearly 2 million cans of clean water. To learn more about Can’d Aid or to support their ongoing efforts, click here.

“The Mesa Chamber has a long history of partnering with the City of Mesa and United Food Bank on an annual hydration donation campaign. This time of year, it’s necessary that we all do our part in ensuring our most vulnerable have water. With COVID-19, this is even more important. We love seeing members helping members. Special thanks to our friends at Resolution Copper for stepping up with a large water donation. These efforts truly make a difference between life and death,” said Sally Harrison, President and CEO Mesa Chamber of Commerce.

“Delivering safe, clean drinking water will help lend a hand to those that need it the most during these challenging times,” said Andrew Lye, Resolution Copper Project Director. “It’s amazing to see what we can do when we all work together, and we are thankful for our partners who have made this initiative possible.”

Together, Resolution Copper and the United Food Bank will distribute the drinking water to support local efforts to help the most vulnerable during Arizona’s summer. Recently, Resolution teamed up with the United Food Bank to deliver more than 75,000 meals to communities particularly hard-hit by COVD-19.

Rio Tinto contributes $10 million to support COVID-19 community initiatives

In order to support local community efforts to fight COVID-19 and its social and economic impacts, Rio Tinto is investing $10 million in a variety of grassroots projects across Canada and the United States.

From delivering critical equipment for people working in hospitals to providing practical support to communities and families, we are contributing to efforts by our partners to help fight the pandemic. In addition, Rio Tinto is supporting projects that maintain and create regional economic development, which is vital for the long-term prosperity of communities where it operates across Canada and the United States.

Rio Tinto chief executive J-S Jacques said “Rio Tinto is proud to play our part in supporting the outstanding and innovative efforts of our people, partners and wider communities in responding to the COVID-19 crisis.

“Our investments are targeted at practical solutions like funding the food banks or counselling and support services that are helping frontline response workers and the communities around our operations. We will also play our part in supporting and stimulating current and future economic activity through regional development initiatives that are vital for local jobs and businesses.

“Rio Tinto is committed to safely continuing to deliver products to our customers, spending money with our suppliers and investing in local initiatives, while supporting the efforts of governments to protect people and stimulate economic recovery.”


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