Giving in a time of crisis

Fairfield County’s Community Foundation has received more than $500,000 in pledges for its new Fairfield County COVID-19 Resiliency Fund from the Founding Fund Partners to help the most vulnerable members of the Fairfield community quickly. Each of the partners, including individuals, private foundations and corporations, has contributed at least $25,000 at the launch.

“Fairfield County’s Community Foundation is fortunate to be part of a caring, generous and resilient community, and we are confident with your help we can meet this goal,” Juanita James, president and CEO of the foundation, said in a statement.

The new fund is now accepting donations 

Meanwhile, UBS Optimus Foundation has donated more than $500,000 to support Americares’ response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The funds will help ensure health workers battling the outbreak in the United States and around the world have the personal protective equipment and training necessary to stay healthy and continue serving patients.

In addition, UBS Optimus Foundation will match 20 percent of the donations that clients and employees make to Americares, which is based in Stamford.

More than 549,000 people have been infected by the coronavirus globally and more than 24,000 have died, according to Johns Hopkins University’s Coronavirus Resource Center.

“Our top concern right now is the capacity of under-resourced health systems, including those in the United States, to respond to the pandemic,” Kate Dischino, Americares’ vice president of emergency programs, said in a statement. “This donation will directly support Americares’ response efforts and provide health workers with the tools they need to protect themselves and care for patients.”

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