Marginalized Communities


Senior centers, nursing homes, immigrant communities, prisons, residents of public housing, citizens experiencing homelessness, and marginalized areas like the South Bronx, Queensbridge Housing Projects, Elmhurst and Bensonhurst are among the hardest-hit areas. Read more on Time’s article “Data Suggests Many New York City Neighborhoods Hardest Hit by COVID-19 Are Also Low-Income Areas


Save Our Seniors

Nursing home staff have told us that they should have multiple masks a day as they interact with their patients. Right now, they feel lucky to have 1 mask per week.

This fundraiser will go towards procuring NIOSH-approved N95 Respirators and KN95 Respirators from CE-certified factories, and to deliver them directly to NY’s hardest-hit nursing homes.

Our initial goal is to help get NYC nursing homes 1 mask per person per shift for the next two weeks.


PPE for Prisons

According to the Legal Aid Society, prisons are dangerous superspread sites. The COVID Foundation has partnered with Never Be Caged, LEAD, and NEXUS Working Group toward Equal Justice to ensure masks get to those in need, with an initial focus on the two hardest hit superspread sites:

  • 14,000 masks have been sent to Rikers (a staff+prison population of about 4,400 people)
  • 8,000 masks have been sent to Kings County (a staff+prison population of about 2,250 people)

Community PPE for NYC

In New York, there are over 250,000 confirmed COVID-related cases and 15,000 deaths – contributing 31% of all deaths in the US. New York City is the hardest hit COVID-19 region in the world. COVID-19 has impacted the lives of every New Yorker, and now more than ever, New Yorkers need Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help save the city.

The Community PPE initiative aims to provide free, essential medical grade supplies to NYC communities that need it most in order to lessen the spread of COVID-19 and to provide relief to NYC’s hardest hit areas. 

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