Lifting the Load For and With Our Communities in Difficult Times
When the COVID-19 crisis began, we reached out to organizations across our region to hear about the challenges they were facing and learn how we could best support their efforts. In March 2020, we were one of the first funders to provide unsolicited grants to organizations and we persisted in our funding through five waves over two years, providing aid to organizations assisting immigrants, the elderly, victims of domestic violence, people coping with mental health issues, community health centers, food banks and pantries, multi-service providers, community foundations, early childhood education providers, safe and affordable housing providers, and organizations assisting businesses of color. Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have invested more than $16.5 million through 743 organizations focused on the health of our neighbors and our neighborhoods.
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Even a pandemic could not stop our employees from giving back. They found new ways to make a difference through socially distanced and remote volunteer activities, and collectively volunteered more than 15,000 hours in the midst of the pandemic. They gathered gifts for food and book drives, packed backpacks with essentials for disadvantaged kids, mentored virtually, and wrote hundreds of holiday cards to active U.S. military service men and women.