As printed in the Post-Journal on 4/16/2020
Over the past four weeks, the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation has allocated more than $6 million toward COVID-19 response efforts, including a recently announced commitment of $1.5 million to support caregivers on the front lines of COVID-19 at acute care hospitals in Southeast Michigan and Western New York.
The Brooks-TLC Healthcare System and UPMC Chautauqua are among the hospitals receiving funding from the foundation.
“As our communities struggle during this time of uncertainty and crisis, our team felt it was vital to act immediately to provide funding and relief to groups and organizations within our focused giving areas, and larger collaborative funds supporting our regions,” said David Egner, president and CEO of the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. “We will continue to work through these extremely difficult times with our neighbors, our grantees, and our partners, and rise to the challenges ahead.”
The $1.5 million in support for acute care hospitals will be divided accordingly among the following health systems in Southeast Michigan and Western New York:
It is the Foundation’s intention that the funds will be primarily directed to help caregivers on the front lines of COVID-19, including nurse aides, environmental and food services staff, and others who may not have access to as many financial and social supports and are playing equally critical roles in the healthcare system every day.
“Caregivers on the front lines of COVID-19 put themselves in harm’s way for the benefit of others and work tirelessly, day in and day out,” Egner said. “It’s critical that they too are cared for. Our trustees and staff have been touched by stories shared by our grantees about frontline hospital workers accessing basic needs like childcare, transportation, and healthy meals. We hope these grant funds play a role in providing some comfort to these crucial workers.”
The foundation also provided $100,000 to teh United Way for Southern Chautauqua County’s Chautauqua County Crisis Response Fund: COVID-19.