SUEZ Water made a $15,000 donation to the CarePoint Health Foundation in Bayonne on July 13. In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, SUEZ is earmarking $1.75 million in donations that will be directed to food pantries, health care facilities, United Way, and similar COVID-19 emergency response organizations.
SUEZ provides water and waste management solutions. In Hudson County, SUEZ provides drinking water and and wastewater treatment services to more than 380,000 people in Bayonne, Hoboken, and Jersey City.
“We are redirecting our philanthropic focus during this crisis from major environmental initiatives to helping those charitable organizations serving on the front lines who require immediate, substantial, and sustained assistance,” said Nadine Leslie, Chief Executive Officer SUEZ North America.
“The virus has had a huge impact on our society, and we cannot be idle as an organization when so many people, many of whom have dedicated their lives to helping others, now need our help.”
Mayor James Davis was on site to help present the check to the CarePoint Health Foundation alongside Development Manager at Carepoint Janet Estremera, CarePoint Chairman of the Board Daniel Altilio, SUEZ Area Manager Jason Kiernan, and SUEZ-Bayonne Assistant Project Manager Jaren Harrison.
SUEZ plans to contribute to several organizations that can have an immediate impact on communities throughout North America.
“We feel it is necessary to do our part to help people in the many communities in which we live and work,” said Yuvbir Singh, CEO for SUEZ Water Technologies & Solutions. “We certainly recognize the many brave people who are tirelessly and selflessly performing heroic measures each day to fight the pandemic, and we hope that our actions can provide some relief during this unprecedented crisis.”
Providing COVID-19 relief
According to SUEZ, the water and waste management provider will donate $600,000 to help address COVID-19 health needs at local public health organizations, as well as nonprofit community health organizations in the U.S. and Canada.
Its donation to the CarePoint Health Foundation is part of this effort.
Grant funding will be provided to finance innovative COVID-19 research, help address urgent COVID-19-related health needs at the community level, and reduce health disparities for patients in need, particularly in underserved communities.
SUEZ will donate 10,000 protective surgical and N95 respirator masks from its operations to local hospital systems in communities the company serves.
“We will never turn away from our mission of helping sustain our planet,” Singh said. “However, we are facing an extraordinary situation, and we need to do all we can to ensure that those organizations on the front lines have the financial support they require to help others in need.”
SUEZ will also donate $650,00 to United Way. According to SUEZ, a majority of those funds will help support COVID-19 relief and recovery efforts and will help prevent homelessness for families struggling during the health crisis.
Additional funding will be dedicated to providing goods and services to those in need and provide crisis intervention training for first responders with a special focus on diversity, equity, and inclusion.
SUEZ also plans to donate $500,000 to the U.S. hunger-relief organization Feeding America. Funds will provide emergency support to help member food banks respond to significant increases in need amid disruptions to the food supply chain and the requirement to pivot to no-contact food distributions.
According to SUEZ, support will be prioritized to help food-insecure families in communities where SUEZ operates throughout the United States.
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