Bank of America is partnering with Valley of the Sun United Way and Phoenix Children’s Hospital to provide personal protective equipment, specifically 400,000 masks.
This donation is part of Bank of America’s nationwide effort to distribute nearly four million PPE masks to communities disproportionally impacted by the novel coronavirus, including communities of color, according to a press release.
This effort is connected to the company’s $1 billion, four-year commitment of additional support to help local communities address economic and racial inequality accelerated by a global pandemic.
This donation adds to the four million masks that the company donated earlier this year in cities across the country.
“The health and safety of our employees, clients and communities remain our top priority during this health and humanitarian crisis,” Benito Almanza, Bank of America market president for Arizona, said in a prepared statement.
“In addition to providing $3.1 million in virus relief grants to Arizona nonprofits, another way we are helping communities slow the spread of the virus is by working with local partners to distribute PPE masks to the most vulnerable populations, such as low-to-moderate income families, seniors and communities of color disproportionately impacted, in addition to frontline workers, schools and health centers serving these communities.”
Bank of America will donate 300,000 masks to Valley of the Sun United Way, which will work with Phoenix Community Toolbank to distribute the masks to nonprofits in Phoenix and statewide for use by families relying on the nonprofits’ services.
The remaining 100,000 masks will be for patients, family members and visitors to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital, which needs up to 2,000 masks per day to safely meet patient and visitor demand, a release states.