The United Way of the U.S. Virgin Islands has answered the call to serve the community during the Covid-19 pandemic. United Way started its first program oriented around Covid-19 relief to get Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) Kits to frontline workers and the most vulnerable residents in the Territory. The United Way USVI Launched the initiative as part of the Giving Tuesday Now fundraiser held on May 5, 2020 to support frontline workers. Donations from that event as well as matching funds donated from corporate partners were used to directly benefit frontline heroes and vulnerable neighbors in an effort to flatten the curve and reduce the spread of the corona virus in the USVI.
United Way USVI distributed 1000 PPE Kits that included N-95, KN-95 or surgical masks with gloves and a "Thank You" message to all the Frontline workers that risk their lives to keep the community safe and functioning during these times of uncertainty.
PPE Kits were delivered to Catholic Charities of the U.S. Virgin Islands, Light House Mission, Ten Thousand Helpers and Flamboyant Gardens Senior Housing facility to help address the needs of the outreach workers, the underprivileged and members of the homeless and elderly communities that are most vulnerable with limited access to resources due to varying circumstances.
In the spirit of community partnership and corporate engagement, Cost U Less joined the effort by generously donating cases of water to the seniors at Flamboyant Gardens to help ease the burden of the pandemic. United Way USVI recognizes the critical role that the power of community has in giving back resulting in a Water for Seniors monthly program to assist underserved seniors in their time of need.
“At the United Way we realize that health comes first and ensuring our frontline workers are protected should be a main focus. We need to ensure that caregivers are protected as they continue to serve our residents, our support system in the USVI is fragile. We cannot afford to lose any frontline worker if preventable with the proper protective gear. It is important to safeguard our support system in order to continue providing services to our community. It is vital that we all do our part to social distance and continually wash hands, and wear masks, but our frontline has to answer the call and their safety is a priority. If we loose frontline workers to the corona virus our valuable programs and healthcare infrastructure will be jeopardized. This is just the first of many programs we plan to launch to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic in the USVI.” Stated Mr. Vinod P. Dadlani, President/CEO of UWUSVI.