COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Response
At this time, Operation USA is seeking major monetary donations as well as bulk, corporate in-kind donations of appropriate supplies to help combat the spread of COVID-19 and to bolster facilities and people treating those who are already impacted. Your partnership with and investment in Operation USA at this time is crucial to our ability to respond.
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March 23, 2020–Today, Operation USA provided Universal Clinic in Boyle Heights with a supply of PPE for frontline workers–including 5,000 pairs of latex gloves, 1,000 N-95 masks and 500 gowns. As many local community clinics are forced to close their doors to our city’s most vulnerable residents amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, this much-needed material aid will help Universal Clinic continue to serve the Boyle Heights community.
Also today, OpUSA coordinated a delivery of 500 pairs of latex gloves and 110 N-95 masks to Meals on Wheels of Pasadena. This cache of PPE will help protect workers who continue to risk their health so that vulnerable seniors in our community maintain food security, especially as grocery stores and markets across the city are overwhelmed.
OpUSA is also awaiting the delivery of a generous donation of hand sanitizer, which will also be forwarded to local partners to help combat the spread of COVID-19 here in California.
We are continuing to assess opportunities to provide additional aid to partners here in the Greater Los Angeles area. Thank you to all donors and partners who are making our COVID-19 response efforts possible. Please visit give.opusa.org to support these efforts.
March 20, 2020–Today, Operation USA handed off a cache of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to partners via the Port of Los Angeles and the Mayor’s Office/LA Public Health. We are committed to helping combat the spread of COVID-19 here in our own community, and are proud to help deliver much-needed masks and gloves to those on the front lines of this pandemic. Thanks to the generosity of corporate donors, we were able to supply the Port of LA and its workers with 5,000 pairs of latex gloves, and have delivered and additional 20,000 pairs of gloves and 3,200 protective masks to the Long Beach Convention Center, a temporary supply center where LA county officials are staging materials to be rapidly deployed to area medical facilities in need.
Operation USA is also awaiting a generous donation of bottled water, which will be handed off to shelter sites across our community as area officials work diligently to stop the spread of COVID-19 among our city’s homeless population and most vulnerable residents.
All of Operation USA’s work to combat the spread of COVID-19 is made possible by our generous donors and partners. If you are connected to a corporation or business that can help provide much-needed supplies at this time please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. All donations to these efforts will be used to help our most vulnerable community clinics, hospitals and front-line workers. Thank you for your continued support.
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A note from Operation USA CEO & President Richard Walden on COVID-19:
Recent news of the rapid global spread of the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, has caused widespread fear and panic across the United States. Many people have rushed to stock up on supplies, large-scale events are being cancelled, schools are being closed, and leaders continue to advise us to take all possible precautionary measures to slow the spread of this disease. Are you staying informed and getting prepared?
Though disruptive to our lives, we at Operation USA–with more than 40 years of experience in disaster response–know all too well how important precautionary measures truly are. The simple fact is, adjusting your personal habits and routine in response to the growing pandemic is the best thing you can do to help slow the spread of the disease and avoid contracting it yourself.
Even as our staff focuses on individual steps to minimize the impact COVID-19 has on our own workplace and homes, we are also focused on coordinating as large a response as we are able to in order to support communities here at home in the United States which are increasingly being impacted by this pandemic.
Though we often work to provide material aid and work closely with health care partners worldwide in response to health crises, the current global emergency has presented a massive challenge for organizations like ours. In some years, Operation USA receives major donations of life-saving supplies, like N-95 masks (useful in communities affected by wildfires), cleaning and sanitizing supplies (useful in post-flood and post-disaster environments), and disposable medical supplies (useful wherever there is increased need). Currently, widespread panic among otherwise healthy Americans has caused stores to run out of these much-needed materials, and we have seen a decline in bulk corporate donations of supplies. Our supply warehouse–25,000 sq ft of space in the Port of Los Angeles–is full of hospital equipment but woefully short of health and hygiene supplies like hand sanitizer, alcohol wipes, face masks, disposable gloves and other essentials for maintaining a safe space for clinic patients, the elderly, those with compromised immune systems and humanitarian aid workers who serve the wider community.
In light of current circumstances, I’m asking you today to consider a donation of any amount to Operation USA. Your gift, especially if you are able to provide major funding, will allow us to combine procurement (when no donated supplies are available) with the logistics of delivering these much-needed supplies to end users.
The cancellation of sporting and cultural events, the closure or curtailing of educational institutions, and the widespread unavailability of cleaning supplies at major retailers is demanding our attention and concern. It is now more important than ever that we each take precautionary measures to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent our already-vulnerable American health care system from becoming overwhelmed. At the same time, we must work together to ensure that those who do contract the disease and the medical professionals caring for them have the supplies necessary to minimize loss of life and prevent further transmission.
Humanitarian aid agencies like OpUSA will continue to work hard despite the uncertainty. This is what we do. Your donations make this work possible.
Thank you for joining us.
President & CEO
…and the entire OpUSA staff!
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