Keefe Gorman is the managing director of investments and a wealth management advisor with Merrill Lynch in Ithaca, New York. A professional with more than 29 years of experience, in addition to running The Gorman Group at Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman is involved with numerous charitable organizations, including ShelterBox USA.
ShelterBox is a non-profit organization that delivers emergency supplies to communities recovering from disasters or undergoing humanitarian crises. The organization provides practical items such as thermal blankets, water storage and purification equipment, tents, and solar lighting.
In recent months, ShelterBox has been deployed to a number of nations in need of assistance, including:
-Malawi, Africa. Flooding in the southern regions of Malawi brings with it the dangers of crocodile attack and malaria. This year, the area experienced the worst flooding it has seen in decades, and communities require safe shelters.
-Cameroon, Africa. Some 45,000 families need assistance after various conflicts left many displaced. ShelterBox has delivered hundreds of boxes, and provides training to the staff of the central relief facility.
-Nepal, South Asia. In April and May 2016, two earthquakes of magnitudes over 7.2 caused extensive damage. Rebuilding was hindered by monsoon season and the accompanying flash floods and landslides. In league with another relief agency, ShelterBox has distributed the equipment required for thousands of temporary shelters.
Merrill Lynch’s managing director of investments Keefe Gorman has three decades of experience in finance. Outside of his work for Merrill Lynch, Keefe Gorman is a philanthropist who gives to several organizations, including ShelterBox.
ShelterBox provides emergency services to people facing natural disasters and humanitarian crises in more than 90 countries. When a calamity occurs, ShelterBox offers emergency supplies and temporary shelter to people who have been displaced. Since its founding, the organization has assisted more than 1 million people.
The group takes its name from an actual “box,” a utilitarian supply kit it passes out to people and families in crisis. ShelterBox customizes its boxes to meet specific needs, but each box generally includes a tent, blankets, tools, and methods for purifying water. ShelterBox also provides mosquito nets in regions where malaria is a concern.
ShelterBox also provides for children in need, many of whom have lost their possessions and their family. Included in the survival kits are children’s packs, which contain art supplies, educational materials, and other small treasures. The organization also prepares special school boxes, each of which comes with educational materials sufficient to keep 50 students learning in spite of a catastrophe.
Michael Keefe Gorman, a broker with Merrill Lynch, serves a geographically diverse group of individual investors, businesses, and non-profits from his office in Ithaca, New York.
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