During unprecedented moments it’s the power of partnerships that bring communities together to create lasting change. United Way of the National Capital Area is grateful for the many partnerships, old and new, that stepped up during this unprecedented time in innovative ways to address needs as they grow. One of the partnerships that demonstrates how corporations can respond creatively to the gaps in need was through to United Way NCA.
Deloitte’s 30,000 donation of KN95 masks came as part of a larger commitment to providing 300,000 KN95 masks across the entire country. The 30,000 masks distributed to United Way NCA were distributed to nonprofits and areas of need across DC, Maryland in Virginia..
One of the most important aspects of providing critical services to people in need is the ability to deliver services safely. Not only is it important for those on the frontlines to protect themselves, it’s also important to minimize exposure in the vulnerable communities served. Since the COVID-19 outbreak, put their health on the line to keep our communities supplied with food, healthcare and basic needs. However, many of these individuals did so without any guarantee for their own health and well-being. Through Deloitte’s contribution, nonprofits in the region offering free healthcare, volunteers in food banks distributing food, and those providers offering services in person did so with minimized risk to themselves and participants.
Protecting the health and safety of those who are risking their lives to care for those in need remains a priority for United Way NCA. We are grateful for partnerships like Deloitte and others who have continually sought new and unique ways to innovate around the unprecedented challengesfacing us as we embark on the long-term recovery in our region.
We have seen many acts of generosity from volunteers, essential workers and corporations stepping up to help in the last four months and are likely to need many more in the years to come. In the immediate moment, the most important task is to protect our community’s health and wellness. But we know that communities hit hardest by unemployment and financial losses will take months, if not years to recover. It is more important now than ever to continually ask ‘what can I do for my community?’ Know that, in the uncertain times, you always have a partner in your United Way.