COVID PPE RELIEF FOR NYC COMMUNITIES
in partnership with
Providing essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to New Yorkers who need it most
OUR COLLECTIVE MISSION
In New York, there are over 250,000 confirmed COVID-related cases and 15,000 deaths – contributing to 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 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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Our primary focus is to bring much needed PPE to communities that need it most. Donations provided by the National Lampoon campaign will allow us to provide essential PPE to community groups such as:
- Essential Service Workers: Essential Service Workers are the backbone of the fight against COVID, providing much needed resources to the community. Our fellow workers are experiencing PPE shortages across the board, and by protecting them, we will greatly limit the spread of COVID-19.
- NYCHA Housing: NYCHA Housing is one of the hardest hit areas of NYC, and they additionally lack the resources to battle the pandemic.
- Vulnerable Communities + Marginalized Areas: Nursing homes, immigrant communities, and the homeless population are exceptionally vulnerable to contagion.
- Senior citizens are at the highest-risk for COVID-19 and are generally immuno-compromised as well
- Immigrant communities are known to have multi-generational, crowded households where the spread of the virus is much more pervasive.
- Homeless populations are particularly vulnerable as they will either be forced into cramped conditions in shelters or are exposed to the contagion in the streets.
WHERE YOUR DONATION GOES
A $10 donation will provide a Family of Four (4) with a 2-week supply of medical-grade surgical masks, nitrile gloves, and hand sanitizers.
A $10 donation will provide each Essential Worker with a 2-week supply of medical-grade surgical masks, nitrile gloves, and hand sanitizers.
A $15 donation, will provide each First Responder with medical-grade N95/KN95 respirator, face shield, nitrile gloves, and hand sanitizers.
Why NYC first?
NYC is currently the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only are the hospitals overwhelmed with patients and face the shortage of PPE, city dwellers equally face the shortage of PPE. Since NYC has a high density of population, the lack of available PPE threatens the health and livelihood of first responders, essential workers, senior citizens, low-income households, multi-generational households, the list goes on.
What is in each care package?
We will package and provide 10 surgical masks, 10 pairs of gloves and while supplies last, 2 small bottles of hand sanitizer. We have a two week goal as it generally takes 14 days for the virus to incubate and be treated before next steps have to be made. A two week care package will help prevent spread within the family.
What does success look like?
If we can save one New York family from being infected, we consider ourselves successful. If a family member is infected, that means they have a high chance of contagion to other family members in their household and to people they interact with in their community. Our current primary goal is to provide PPE to as many families in New York City.
What have you accomplished so far?
We have successfully purchased, imported, and donated:
10,000+ Respirators for 20+ Hospitals In NYC. By doing so, we have proven that we can:
(1) Access a vetted, global supply chain of FDA-certified factories that produce US health grade PPE (such as NIOSH-approved N95 Respirators). Access to these factories means that we are able to acquire a wide range of PPE quickly and at competitive rates.
(2) Build a comprehensive database of major hospitals in the NYC area and are in touch with many of the Chief Physicians of their Emergency Rooms & ICUs to understand their immediate needs. Expanding this database to Community PPE for NYC, we would source information on PPE needs from our community partners to prioritize on need.
(3) An effective distribution strategy in which we leverage our partners’ deep understanding of constituents and distribution support to provide as many PPE to New Yorkers as quickly as possible.
How do you prioritize who receives PPE?
By partnering with neighborhood offices, advocacy groups, alliances, and city offices, we can identify the communities in greatest need and work with our partners to distribute free PPE to their constituents as quickly and effectively as possible.
How will the funds be used?
Our funds will go to facilitating the purchase and delivery of PPE to NYC communities that need it most. We minimize our administrative overhead to well below non-profit industry standards so that we can maximize impact and program contributions.
Are donations tax-deductible?
Yes, donations are tax-deductible. We are a registered 501(c)3 organization, receiving fiscal sponsorship from the Giving Back Fund. Our EIN is: 04-3367888
I’ve seen other charity efforts related to COVID-19. How is this one different?
Your donation will go directly to support the acquisition of surgical masks and gloves from FDA-certified factories. We have direct relationships with global manufacturers that ensure that your donation is acquired at cost with no distributor (middlemen) markups. Our foundation is currently volunteer run, so your donation pays for the PPE and at most 10% administrative fees (fees related to maintaining webpage, car rentals for distribution, and legal fees), and nothing else.
Aside from donations, how can we help?
Feel free to follow us on Instagram @covidfoundation or share our cause with your friends!
- If you want to volunteer to help us with NYC distribution you can e-mail us at email@example.com with a subject headline “PPE Distribution Help”.
- If you have a direct relationship with PPE manufacturers that can provide equipment at market costs, you can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org with a subject headline “PPE Equipment Manufacturer”.
- If you are a member of the press or would like to connect us with a member of the press, you can e-mail us with a subject headline “Press Contact” to email@example.com
- Want to get involved either by helping us fundraise or connecting us to groups in need of PPE? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the title “Yorkville and East Harlem PPE Relief”
ABOUT THE COVID FOUNDATION
The COVID Foundation’s mission is to provide essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to frontline healthcare workers, first responders, essential service workers, and marginalized communities. As a 501(c)3, the COVID Foundation accepts donations to fund the procurement of FDA-certified PPE, the importing of this equipment into the USA, and the last mile distribution to get these vital supplies into the hands of those who need it most.
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.