OnPoint Community Credit Union is helping Meals on Wheels People during the coronavirus pandemic.
The credit union donated $100,000 to the organization to ensure vulnerable seniors in the Portland metro area have access to meals throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
This is the first corporate gift for Meals on Wheels People's $2 million COVID-19 emergency fund, according to a press release sent out Monday, March 23, by the organization.
The funds will be used to produce additional meals for thousands of homebound seniors.
"COVID-19 is an unprecedented national emergency and we must all come together to protect our seniors and the individuals who need us the most," said OnPoint president and chief executive officer, Rob Stuart. "OnPoint's purpose is to build strong communities by supporting financial growth and well-being, one person at a time. We are proud to build our partnership with Meals on Wheels People to help ensure no one has to worry about their next meal throughout this difficult time."
Meals on Wheels is hoping to raise $2 million to cover the increased costs of food and labor during the pandemic.
"Since the declaration of the pandemic, the requests for meals has increased 300 percent," said Meals on Wheels People's chief executive officer, Suzanne Washington. "We serve a frail and elderly population, many of whom depend on Meals on Wheels for their only food of the day. Now that Oregon is required to shelter in place, we really do not have the option of not serving them."
Washington added, "As the demand for meals has increased dramatically, we so appreciate the generosity of organizations like OnPoint Community Credit Union."
Meals on Wheels also announced on March 24 that Rosehip Medic Collective donated 300 individual bottles of hand sanitizer to the organization.
Rosehip Medic Collective is a group of volunteer street medics and healthcare activists in Portland. According to the group, they provide first aid and emergency care at demonstrations.
Members of the collective produced more than 2,000 individual bottles of hand sanitizer in the last 10 days, using some ingredients donated from a local chemistry lab and others purchased through money donated for the project.
"Sanitizer is freely given to those in need, prioritizing people with limited access to running water either by their living situation, their essential job functions, such as TriMet drivers, or their volunteer work such as Meals on Wheels People," the group said in its announcement.
The hand sanitizer will be donated on Wednesday, March 25, starting at 2 p.m. at the Q Center, 4115 N. Mississippi Ave., in Portland.
"We are extremely grateful for this donation," said Washington.
She added that nearly 500 volunteers out delivering Meals on Wheels every weekday to frail and homebound seniors. The sanitizer allows them to clean their hands between deliveries when soap and water is not available.
"The Rosehip Medic Collective works with underserved and marginalized communities," said Ryan of the Collective, who did not wish to share his last name. "We heard Meals on Wheels People volunteers needed hand sanitizer and we had the ability to make it and donate it. Now we're trying to raise enough funds to make enough for all of their volunteers."
Donations to the Rosehip Medic Collective can be made at at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme2/ryanmedic?locale.x=en_US.
Donations to Meals on Wheels People can be made at mowp.org/donate.
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