Resolution Copper today announced a commitment to donate $780,000 in 2020 to assist organizations throughout the broader community during the ongoing COVID-19 crisis.
“Resolution Copper is committed to investing in our community. Especially during this challenging time, we want to ensure support for our neighbors, local businesses and social programs,” said Andrew Lye, Resolution Copper Project Director. “Our goal is to help our neighbors and the local economy emerge from this crisis stronger and even more resilient.”
Nearly half of the funds pledged have already gone to community organizations with a focus on four key areas: education, health and well-being, vulnerable populations, and economic resiliency. These funds have provided personal protective equipment (PPE) to communities, first responders, and tribal nations, as well as childcare funding for essential workers and emergency medical service professionals. We’ve also helped provide grants to local small businesses, expanded school access to remote learning technology, and supported domestic violence shelters.
Many groups have received Resolution Copper’s COVID-19 relief funds, including Local First Arizona, Cobre Valley Youth Club, Community Alliance Against Family Abuse (CAAFA), Gila Safe Haven Domestic Violence Safe Home, Hayden Senior Center, and others.
“We are incredibly grateful for Resolution Copper’s support as we face a growing need,” said Claudia DalMolin, Gila House Inc./Gila Safe Haven Domestic Violence Home Executive Director. “When we might otherwise have to close our doors, we’re instead able to do more to help residents during this pandemic and continue our mission of breaking the cycle of violence in the Globe, Miami and San Carlos communities.”
Resolution Copper partnered with United Food Bank, the Mesa Chamber of Commerce and Can’d Aid to distribute roughly 233,000 meals and more than 50,000 cans of clean drinking water to those in need.
“Across Arizona United Food Bank has seen an unprecedented need, with long lines and families struggling especially in our rural communities in Eastern Arizona because of the COVID-19 crisis,” stated Dave Richins, CEO of United Food Bank. “Resolution Copper has given us the opportunity to serve thousands of families in need in a very COVID safe environment in several towns and Native American Reservations.”
Resolution will announce further investments over the next few months.
About Resolution Copper
The Resolution Copper project is operated by Resolution Copper Mining, which is a limited liability company owned 55 percent by Resolution Copper Company (a Rio Tinto PLC subsidiary) and 45 percent by BHP Copper Inc. (a BHP PLC subsidiary).