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SONSIEL and the GLO Good Foundation Combine Forces to Protect the Frontline Against COVID-19
Partnership Facilitates Respirator-Mask Supply Stream and 501c3 Tax-Exempt Donor Status
MARBLEHEAD, MA, March 29 2020 – Further bolstering its heroic response in the national emergency to combat COVID-19, the Society of Nurse Scientists Innovators Entrepreneurs & Leaders (SONSIEL) today announced a partnership with the GLO Good Foundation in order to power-up donation and distribution of desperately needed personal protective equipment (PPE) to the nation’s frontline. The collaboration is a next-level milestone in a series of strategic steps to ensure swift and optimal help to healthcare workers battling COVID-19. The overarching goal of the partnership is to help close the gap in time between crucially needed PPE on the frontlines and a resumption of traditional supply chains, so that no one on the front lines of care is without proper protection. Benefits of the SONSIEL-GLO Good Foundation combination include access to an established, FDA-certified source of respirator masks as well as 501c3 tax-exempt status for donors. Together, the partners have initiated a new purchasing campaign from a $50,000 pooled donation, benefitting countless additional hospital and healthcare facilities around the United States.
SONSIEL first issued an urgent, grassroots call-to-action March 17, 2020 with the SHARE (Strengthen Healthcare Ability to Respond to Emergencies) program, developed by Rebecca C. Love, MSN, RN, and SONSIEL President & Co-Founder. In a matter of days, tens of thousands of pieces of protective gear were collected and brought to frontline locations in nearly a dozen states. A March 20, 2020 ABC News Nightline episode featured the initial work of GLO Good and SONSIEL in the SONSIEL SHARE activity. With the onslaught of incoming requests for PPE that immediately followed, SONSIEL established a direct-sourcing GoFundMe campaign March 22, 2020 to assist the already-burgeoning community-driven PPE donations. Again, in mere days, more than $30,000 of donations have poured in and are being applied in support of critical PPE fulfillment requests; these include purchase and distribution of 5,000 KN95 respirator masks to the frontline in New York City (NYC) and 6,600 KN95 respirator masks distributed across NYC and the Northeast, in addition to SHARE program donations that have been sent to facilities in over a dozen states to support our frontline healthcare heroes.
While millions of PPE units are rushed to hospitals in hot spots all around the country, billions of units are commanded to sufficiently protect U.S. frontline healthcare workers. Respirator masks remain the single most-essential PPE item, yet global demand for the most popularly used type, N95 masks, has created an international supply shortage. The CDC has approved use of alternate KN95 masks on the frontline. The GLO Good Foundation has an existing source for KN95 masks from an FDA-certified facility through a long-standing supplier to large healthcare integrated delivery networks and group purchasing organizations. By partnering with the GLO Good Foundation, SONSIEL gains instant access to a trusted PPE source and, because the GLO Good Foundation is an approved 501c3 charity, donors gain tax relief.
Remarked Dr. Jonathan B. Levine, GLO Good Foundation President & Co-Founder, “We want to rally the country to get behind these health care heroes. Our best people are crying out for help on a minute-by-minute basis. The SONSIEL and GLO Good Foundation partnership combines the two organizations’ resources, networks, and qualifications, mobilizing an even more powerful force for good in service to the medical community. We must quickly activate all modes and methods of acquiring and moving appropriate and qualified PPE. Our organization has ready access to approved PPE products. And the GLO Good Foundation is an IRS-approved 501c3 public charity. We’re honored to partner with SONSIEL in this once-in-a-lifetime American effort.”
Rebecca C. Love, MSN, RN, SONSIEL President & Co-Founder, said, “With a hard-working infantry of volunteers, we’ve been blessed to move masks, shields, gowns, gloves, scrubs, hazmat suits, even shoes, disinfectant, and sanitizer to troops of healthcare workers all around the nation. Our primary focus remains putting respirator masks and other physical barriers quickly into the hands of frontline healthcare workers, to give our nurses and physicians a fighting chance. By combining forces with the GLO Good Foundation, we’re now able to move more PPE to the frontlines and every donation is 100% tax deductible.” Ms. Love continued, “We cannot stop until we know we’ve done everything possible. As long as lives are lost in the fight against this virus, we will keep seeking and implementing solutions.”
Dr. Jonathan Levine, Stacey Levine: Co-Founders GLO Good Foundation
Rebecca Love, President SONSIEL.
On behal of SONSIEL Board of Directors
To contribute to the SONSIEL-GLO Good Foundation effort, visit https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/sonsielxglogood For more information on SONSIEL SHARE, visit https://sonsiel.org/coronavirus.
SONSIEL is a national and international platform for nurses, to engage and advocate for nursing’s role in influencing and directly impacting health through innovation and entrepreneurship. Nurses are on the front lines, working with all healthcare team members to keep patients and the community safe. For more information about SONSIEL, please visit https://sonsiel.org/. Follow SONSIEL on Twitter at https://twitter.com/SONSIEL2(@SONSIEL2); Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Sonsielnurse/(@SONSIELnurse); and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/sonsielnurse/(@SONSIELNURSE).
ABOUT THE GLO GOOD FOUNDATION
The GLO Good Foundation brings oral health treatment, education, tools, and basic medical screening to adults and children. GLO Good sends fully equipped teams of dental professionals to communities in need, recently completing missions in Rwanda, the United States, and the Bahamas. For more information about the GLO Good Foundation, visit https://www.glogoodfoundation.org/. Follow the GLO Good Foundation on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JBL_Associates[EH2] (@JBL_Associates); Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/glogoodfoundation (@GLOGoodFoundation); and Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/glogoodfoundation/ (@GLOGoodFoundation[EH3] ).
GoFundMe Link: https://charity.gofundme.com/o/en/campaign/sonsielxglogood
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Q: How did SONSIEL team up with the GLO Good Foundation?
The GLO Good Foundation, founded by Dr. Jonathan B. Levine & Stacey Levine, is a NYC based 501c3 that brings free dentistry, education, and tools, along with basic medical screening, to adults and children in underserved communities around the globe. Rebecca Love, SONSIEL President, has been the medical team lead for previous GLO Good missions in Eleuthera, Bahamas. Given the critical need for N95 Mask & PPE Supplies during this unprecedented time, GLO Good and SONSIEL have teamed up to leverage each other's networks and take swift action. We recognized that comining nurses and dentists to mobolize, together we are stronger.