Updated May 14, 2020
Since the March 26 launch of Cleveland Clinic’s COVID-19 Community Response Campaign, the Northeast Ohio community’s generosity has been overwhelming and inspiring. Large corporations, small businesses, community groups and individuals have come forward to provide assistance to Cleveland Clinic’s caregivers and help our efforts to prepare for a potential surge of patients due to COVID-19.
From Fortune 500 companies to a local trade union, various businesses have donated medical supplies and personal protective equipment (PPE), such as N95 masks, face shields and gloves. Grocery stores have dropped off packaged food and supplies and local restaurants have prepared meals for our front-line caregivers.
Individuals, foundations and corporations have generously stepped forward with philanthropic gifts to support caregivers and COVID-19 research.
“We are inspired by our own caregivers and humbled by the response from our community to meet our needs,” said Lara Kalafatis, Chair of Cleveland Clinic’s Philanthropy Institute. “We are meeting new companies and individuals who are so generous in lending their support and expertise for Cleveland Clinic’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Their engagement is essential and impactful for our caregivers, our patients and our community.”
Since Cleveland Clinic’s COVID-19 Response Campaign launched, we have received commitments from more than 100 companies for 485,000 gloves, 318,000 surgical masks, 293,000 face shields and 20,000 cloth masks. In addition, individuals, foundations and corporations have given more than $11 million to date for caregiver support and research.
Examples of early contributions during the campaign include:
Personal Protection Equipment
The business community has reached out with offers to donate various equipment they have on hand, and some have transformed their production processes to make supplies for our hospitals and others across the country. These companies’ contributions of PPE are among the many contributions received to date that help us to prepare now for the lifesaving work ahead. Companies donating include Avery Dennison, Sherwin Williams, Procter & Gamble, PPG and Swagelok.
Organizations have stepped up to support the needs of front-line caregivers. ALDI donated 1,366 pre-packaged snacks and 1,410 individual drinks. Products will be put at the caregiver comfort station at Fairview Hospital.
Local restaurants have donated meals to our frontline caregivers. Thanks to Chef Michael Symon, more than 300 meals were provided to feed the entire third shift at Fairview Hospital.
Large and small organizations, schools and community groups have donated a variety of supplies such as hand sanitizer, anti-bacterial wipes and gloves.
The Cleveland-based Electricians Union Local 38 collected supplies they use on construction sites and donated N95 masks and gloves. Cleveland Whiskey has been producing hand sanitizer with the help of local breweries and beverage shops.
Additionally, GOJO and Lubrizol joined together to donate more than 16,000 liters of PURELL® hand sanitizer to Cleveland Clinic and other Northeast Ohio hospitals. This is the equivalent of nearly 65,000 8 oz. bottles of PURELL® hand sanitizer. Their goal was to provide a 1-liter bottle of hand sanitizer to every patient hospital room in each hospital system in in Cuyahoga, Summit and Wayne Counties for the months of April and May.
The Jones Day Foundation made an early $1 million leadership gift toward support programs for front-line caregivers and high-priority COVID-19 research. Significant financial support for COVID-19 response efforts has also been provided by the Brentwood Foundation, the Community West Foundation, Goodyear, the Howley Foundation, PNC, Ranpak Corporation and the Three Arches Foundation.
Cleveland Clinic has received donations of handmade masks from individuals, sewing circles, churches and other grassroots groups. These donated masks will be used to help reinforce cough etiquette in our community. They will not be used by caregivers as PPE for clinical care.
Fanatics, the manufacturer of Major League Baseball’s official uniforms, produced cloth masks using Cleveland Indians jerseys. The donated cloth masks were distributed to Cleveland Clinic caregivers in Northeast Ohio.
Full details about donating to Cleveland Clinic’s COVID-19 Community Response Campaign can be found here.