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Community Affairs

GATX supports not-for-profit organizations committed to cultural, educational, environmental, family, health care and social service issues. GATX also maintains active community investments in Chicago and Buffalo, New York.

The roots of GATX Corporation’s ongoing commitment to philanthropy can be traced back to September 1926, when our railcars delivered relief to disaster victims after a massive hurricane devastated Miami. Following the hurricane, a joint venture of the company, General American-Pfaudler, delivered 50,000 gallons of donated pasteurized milk in its train cars within three days. Eighty-nine years later, GATX remains a devoted corporate citizen serving the communities where our employees live, work and volunteer.

Today, we organize and encourage employees to volunteer in their communities, through tutoring and mentoring programs, building playgrounds and painting schools, working at food banks and soup kitchens, and participating in food, clothing and toy collection drives.

The GATX Chicago office also holds an annual fundraiser in which all proceeds go to Make-A-Wish of Illinois. In 2014, GATX employee contributions, along with corporate donations, raised over $300,000, making GATX the largest corporate donor to Make-A-Wish in Illinois.