Hecla Mining Company commits financial support during COVID-19 pandemic

    Mike Satre, left, Manager of Government and Community Relations at Hecla Greens Creek Mine, presents a $20,000 check to Chris Schapp, Manager, Southeast Alaska Food Bank, and David Lefebvre, Food Bank Board.

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Hecla Mining Company is working with Southeast Alaska communities to identify immediate needs to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    The company, through its charitable foundation, will provide up to $125,000 in financial assistance to support community needs around its Greens Creek Mine.

    “While we have implemented aggressive measures at Greens Creek to make our workers as safe as possible, we are also concerned about the communities of Southeast Alaska,” said Phil Baker, President and CEO of Hecla Mining Company. “The social distancing requirements are important for human health but put pressure on all aspects of the economy. Hecla is helping meet basic needs during this time of crisis.”

    Initial contributions will go toward providing food supplies at food banks and other providers of basic necessities for those impacted by the pandemic. 

    The first commitment has been a $20,000 matching grant to the Southeast Alaska Food Bank.

    Additional funds are expected to be deployed over the next several weeks and months in Southeast and the communities around the Greens Creek Mine as the company works with local authorities to evaluate the immediate needs caused by the pandemic.

     

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