NEWPORT BEACH – In communities across the country, Bank of America has been working with local partners to provide resources to vulnerable and underserved communities hardest hit by the coronavirus. In Orange County, Bank of America is partnering with seven front-line nonprofits to distribute personal protective equipment (PPE), specifically 146,000 masks.
This donation is part of a nationwide effort by Bank of America to immediately distribute nearly four million masks to communities disproportionally impacted by the coronavirus, including communities of color, and is connected to its $1 billion, four-year commitment of additional support to help local communities address economic and racial inequality accelerated by a global pandemic. This donation adds to the four million masks that the company donated earlier this year in cities across the country.
“The health and safety of our employees, clients and communities remain our top priority during this public health and humanitarian crisis,” said Allen Staff, Bank of America market president for Orange County. “In addition to providing more than $1.1 million in COVID-19-relief grants to Orange County nonprofits, another way we are helping communities slow the spread of the virus is by working with local partners to distribute masks to the most vulnerable populations, such as seniors, low-to-moderate income families, homeless individuals and communities of color disproportionately impacted, in addition to frontline workers, schools and health centers serving these communities.”
Below is how the 146,000 masks will be distributed across Orange County.
- 80,000 masks to Latino Health Access, which is working with the County to help assist eight neighborhoods hardest hit by COVID-19.
- 30,000 masks to Mercy House to distribute amongst the local homeless population.
- 16,000 masks to The Wooden Floor to provide to at-risk families in Santa Ana.
- 10,000 to the Orange County Rescue Mission for volunteers and the local homeless population.
- 6,000 masks to Camino Health Center to provide to its patients in high-risk communities.
- 2,000 masks to Meals on Wheels for their volunteers to prepare meals for home-bound seniors.
- 2,000 masks to Friendship Shelter, which is working with the County to place homeless coming out of COVID-19 quarantine into permanent housing.
“Latino Health Access is leading the COVID-19 response in the most impacted zip codes in Anaheim and Santa Ana, so we are grateful for the 80,000 masks donated to us by Bank of America. These masks will be distributed to neighbors impacted by COVID-19, their contacts and families as they isolate and quarantine, as well as to essential workers that do not have the option of working at home, and to those assisting in the COVID-19 response in these cities,” said America Bracho, Executive Director, Latino Health Access.
For more information on the bank’s support of employees, clients and communities during this time, see the latest updates here.
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