Catholic Family Center has received a second, significant donation of personal protective equipment from community partner Bank of America.
The most recent donation includes 60,000 masks, 50 cases of hand sanitizer and 24,000 pairs of protective gloves. The PPE will be used immediately to serve some of Rochester’s most poor and vulnerable. The donation comes at a critical time, officials said, as the region experiences a rising number of COVID-19 cases.
“This generous gift will enable us to more rapidly respond to the needs of the most vulnerable of the clients we serve, including those who seek shelter who may not have had access to water or a change of clothing, much less a clean supply of face masks,” said Sally Partner, Catholic Family Center’s vice president for community services and advocacy. “Our staff, who interact daily with the families and individuals we serve, will also be better protected with access to this new supply of PPE. CFC is profoundly grateful for the ongoing generosity of Bank of America.”
The PPE donation is connected to Bank of America’s $1 billion four-year commitment to advance racial equity and economic opportunity. The bank already has invested more than $100 million in local communities to address challenges brought on by the coronavirus pandemic.
“Bank of America has been working with local partners like Catholic Family Center to provide resources to vulnerable populations and has already donated 15 million masks and 58,000, 8-ounce bottles of hand sanitizer to underserved communities, including communities of color, across the country,” said Colleen Matteson, Bank of America’s Rochester market president.”
CFC is Rochester’s largest provider of comprehensive family services. Each year the nonprofit organization assists tens of thousands of residents as they work to become healthy, productive, participating members of the community.
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