ONE BILLION PPE
SOLVING AMERICA’S PPE CRISIS, 1 PIECE AT A TIME
GOOGLE 1:1 MATCHING FOR GOOGLE EMPLOYEES
We are a registered 501(c)3 non-profit, receiving fiscal sponsorship from the Giving Back Fund
A Billion PPE is a humanitarian campaign whose mission is to provide emergency Personal Protective Equipment for frontline hospital workers, first responders, and marginalized communities affected by COVID-19
The first $50,000 donated in this campaign will go towards frontline doctors & nurses in NYC’s hardest hit hospitals serving marginalized communities like East Harlem, South Bronx, and Elmhurst. All donations by Googlers will receive 1:1 matching
STAGE 1: MASKS TO THE FRONTLINES
1 Billion PPE’s mission is to provide relief for America’s current Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) crisis. We achieve this by acquiring PPE supply directly from China’s most reputable, FDA-certified factories, import the equipment into the US, and distribute it via our volunteer network directly into the hands of frontline hospital workers in New York City and other severely impacted regions around the country.
The first step of the campaign was the launch of A Million Masks, which has donated 15,000+ respirators to 25+ NYC Hospitals in the past two weeks, with tens of thousands more respirators en route every week.
STAGE 2: MULTI-CITY EXPANSION + PPE
The next step will include the launch similar efforts around the country, with a particular focus on the cities that are being hit disproportionately hard. Our data currently shows that Southern cities like Atlanta & New Orleans have urgent need for more PPE.
Founder & Executive Director
Ben Wei is a non-profit founder and tech entrepreneur, born and raised in NYC. He is a graduate of Harvard University and went on to launch Access Code (now known as Pursuit.org), a 501(c)3 nonprofit focused on providing in-demand coding to underserved communities. He is also the Founder & Executive Director of the “A Million Masks” Campaign and the Global Chairman for Harvard in Tech.
Director of Operations
Rainbow is an expert in operational excellence, risk management, and fund allocation. She previously served as a Vice President in JP Morgan’s Chief Investment Office. Rainbow also participated as a volunteer educator for Apex for Youth, a 501c3 non-profit providing educational programming for marginalized youth in NYC.
Director of NYC Programs
Joe Kerns leads a business operations team at Facebook. He is also a Board Member and member of the Economic Development Committee of Manhattan Community Board 3, serving the LES, Chinatown and the East Village. He was part of the inaugural Five Borough Future fellowship, where he co-founded the NYC Community Board Project, which helped drive a more diverse membership of the 59 community boards across NYC.