Habitat for Humanity Donates PPE to Area Heath Care Providers
CHICAGO (April 2, 2020) – Habitat for Humanity affiliates across the Chicagoland region donated much-needed personal protective equipment, known as PPE, to area health care providers over the last week to help battle the COVID-19 pandemic.
Donated items from the affiliates included 600 pairs of gloves, nearly 900 N-95 respirator masks and over 2,100 full body protective suits. Habitat typically uses these to protect its construction team, volunteers and future Habitat homebuyers against inhaling dust and wood particles or when painting, installing insulation, and engaging in other similar home building related activities.
"Habitat affiliates have been providing for people in need for over 40 years," said Ted Dosch, board chair of Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity. "There is no greater time of need than right now, and we want to support the brave individuals who are on the front lines. This is a small part to play, but we will continue to do whatever we can to help protect the first responder community in the fight against the Coronavirus."
Items were delivered to eight hospitals, health departments, healthcare facilities, and medical centers in Chicago and nearby cities and suburbs. Habitat for Humanity affiliates are also working with their construction partners to try to identify even more PPE supplies to donate.
The COVID-19 crisis demonstrates Habitat’s work is as important as ever. This crisis may not be destroying physical homes but it is directly attacking the lives of those people unfortunately infected by the disease. It also has created a significant financial hardship for Habitat homeowners, volunteers, affiliate and ReStore employees, donors and so many others.
"In countries and cultures all around the world, 'stay at home' is the message of the moment," notes Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. "But all of us at Habitat also know that there are far too many families for whom this isn't as straightforward as it sounds. The uncertainty so many of us feel today, these families have felt for a lifetime — if not generations. These are the families with whom we partner. They are going to need our hand up now more than ever."
About Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity
Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity was created as a support organization for Habitat for Humanity affiliates in the Chicagoland area, with a goal of significantly increasing the number of families served in the Chicagoland region. Habitat is committed to creating opportunities for individuals and families to thrive; to revitalizing neighborhoods and building communities; and to helping transform generations through home ownership. We do this by making housing affordable to hardworking people without access to conventional financing and offer individuals a hand up, fueled by our belief in dignity, self-sufficiency, collaboration, and hope. To learn more, visit chicagolandhabitat.org.