Masco and LP Building Solutions provide COVID-19 assistance
Masco Corporation has redirected its community outreach budget for 2020 to provide $1 million in support to nonprofit organizations meeting the urgent needs of those impacted by COVID-19.
This funding, provided to nonprofits in the U.S. and Canada near its business units and headquarters, will support both short- and long-term relief efforts including food, shelter, health and human services, and financial assistance programs.
Some of the funding will be donated to United Way branches near its employee populations to take advantage of United Way’s expertise in coordinating disaster response for each region’s unique needs. Remaining funds will be allocated to individual shelters and food banks with strong experience serving our most vulnerable neighbors and local medical centers instrumental in the treatment and fight against COVID-19.
In addition to cash grants, several of Masco’s business units are in the early stages of exploring their ability to assist in the manufacture of parts for medical devices and have already assisted local charities and first-line health care professionals by purchasing and donating personal protective equipment such as masks and hand sanitizers.
“Masco will continue to search for ways we can make an impact during this challenging time,” said Keith Allman, president and CEO of Masco. “We are proud to be able to support our communities with critical funding, and we are immensely grateful to the nonprofits that are working tirelessly to meet the increasing needs of those affected by this crisis.”
LP Building Solutions has donated to frontline organizations working to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
The LP Foundation, the charitable giving arm of LP that supports nonprofits and matches employee giving, donated $50,000 to support healthcare workers and relieve hunger in the company’s home city of Nashville.
A $25,000 donation went to Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s COVID-19 Caregiver Support Fund This money will provide doctors, nurses and hospital staff with housing when they are unable to go home for fear of spreading the virus to their families, child care as they work long hours and extended shifts, and personal protective equipment (PPE) so they can stay healthy while helping others.
A second $25,000 donation went to Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee to help feed those affected by the pandemic, including senior citizens and families with school-aged children who have lost up to two meals a day due to school closures.
Additionally, LP mills across the U.S. and Canada have sent PPE donations to local healthcare systems, hospitals and first responders. These teams assessed their stocks of N95 masks, gloves, Tychem suits and hoods, and other PPE and cleaning supplies to identify items they could donate. To date, LP mills have made donations to the following recipients:
- Cullman Regional Medical Center (Cullman, Ala.)
- Dickinson County Healthcare System (Iron Mountain, Mich.)
- Essentia Health-St. Mary’s Medical Center (Two Harbors, Minn.)
- Golden and District Search and Rescue Association (Golden, British Columbia)
- Hardin Memorial Health Medical Group – Bardstown Family Medical Center (Bardstown, Ken.)
- Helen Newberry Joy Hospital & Healthcare Center (Newberry, Mich.)
- Katahdin Valley Health Center (Houlton, Maine)
- Mountain View Assisted Living (Golden, British Columbia)
- Swan Valley Health Center (Swan Valley, Manitoba)
- Lake View Hospital (Two Harbors, Minn.)
“We need this equipment to help protect our doctors and nurses and patients and staff from this COVID-19 pandemic,” said Hardin Memorial Health Medical Group – Bardstown Family Medical Center physician Holly McCoy. “LP heard about our needs and immediately sprang into action, sending us masks and gloves and gowns. It’s wonderful to see one community helping out another like this.”
“LP is committed to building a better world,” said LP CEO Brad Southern. “While that starts with safeguarding the health and safety of our employees, we also have an obligation to help our communities. The coronavirus pandemic is hitting our healthcare workers and those most vulnerable especially hard. I’m proud of our mills and the LP Foundation for stepping up to support COVID-19 relief efforts and encourage everyone who can to lend a helping hand.”
LP and the LP Foundation recently contributed to relief efforts following the devastating March 2020 tornados that ripped through Middle Tennessee. LP also provided its OSB product to protect storm-damaged homes until repairs and rebuilding work could begin.
“The COVID-19 crisis necessitates that same commitment to our communities, and we are proud to help,” said Southern.