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“As the COVID-19 crisis escalates, it is clear that pressing humanitarian issues can be solved when the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors collaborate locally and globally.
Grace Farms was created as a platform where individuals and organizations can come together to advance good and create new outcomes. At this pivotal moment, we coalesced networks and leaders ranging from local businesswomen to kindred innovative foundations, global corporations and our local government to earnestly identify, source and land legitimate PPE supplies in real time.”
Watch an open Zoom call with Sharon Prince, as she provides a look behind the scenes of the Grace Farms Foundation Alliance Against COVID-19.
Special Guests: Dr. Theresa Bowling, Director of Anesthesia at Connecticut Orthopaedic Institute, Brian O’Flynn, Director of Global Commercial Marketing at Hamilton Beach Brands, and Rod Khattabi, Chief Accountability Officer and Justice Initiative Director for Grace Farms Foundation
DELIVERED: FDA certified N95 respirator masks procured and donated to the front lines, including Connecticut hospitals, COVID-19 clinics and testing sites, first responders and skilled nursing facilities in local towns. This includes 190,000 respirator masks supplied to the state of Connecticut at cost.
DELIVERED: Full Isolation Coveralls to Fairfield County and New Haven Hospitals and First Responders.
DELIVERED: Total pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), including N95 masks, surgical and disposable masks, coveralls, face shields, gloves, caps, and goggles and are currently in use statewide.
Individuals provided with healthy meals from March 16-June 28, increasing food security for some of the County's most vulnerable populations.
Not-for-profit partner organizations engaged, helping to provide support to the elderly, refugees and immigrants, homeless and working poor, and those impacted by domestic violence.
Towns receiving aid across Fairfield County to include Bridgeport, Fairfield, New Canaan, Norwalk, and Stamford.
Our Work Continues
As the COVID-19 crisis escalates, we are each faced with a choice of how to respond individually and collectively each step of the way. We have seen the best in humanity through the creation of the Grace Farms Alliance Against COVID-19. Local, national, and international partners have been rising in short order to help fill a critical gap and provide immediate PPE relief for our selfless doctors, nurses, health care workers and first responders and those who are increasingly at risk from this pernicious virus.
It is clear that pressing humanitarian issues can be solved when the public, private, and not-for-profit sectors collaborate locally and globally – this is what we do best at Grace Farms. After we temporarily closed Grace Farms on March 9th, we immediately turned to continuing our work to advance good; using our place, ongoing interdisciplinary partnerships, and perseverance.
First, alongside our Foundation’s ongoing work, our team made a plan to safely prepare and provide healthy meals to our most vulnerable neighbors and community, particular children, families, and the elderly, working alongside our Not-for-Profit partners to distribute them to vulnerable communities across Fairfield County.
We then began to coalesce networks and leaders ranging from local businesswomen to kindred innovative foundations, global corporations and our local government to earnestly identify, source and secure legitimate PPE supplies in real time.
Our alliance and community’s interconnected operations have made all the difference. I am completely in awe of how the New Canaan Emergency Management and Fire Department are not only responding to COVID-19 calls locally, but have also been volunteering to deliver PPE within hours of its receipt throughout Fairfield and New Haven counties.
It has been enormously heartening to work alongside our committed Grace Farms team of nearly 100, as they jump into action connecting with our community and partner organizations to distinctly serve with grace.
We know our neighbors better, which is a beautiful thing, and will continue seeking grace and peace in our world together.
Grace Farms Alliance Against COVID-19 | Our Partners
Medical Relief Supplies Recipients
Community Health Center, Inc. (14 COVID-19 testing sites)
Towns | PPE Supplies delivered to these Emergency Management Services for distribution within their towns to first responders, assisted living facilities and other front-line workers.
Perspectives from Grace Farms