MBUSI Donating/Supporting Our Community with COVID-19 Relief Activities
Donations of funds, goods & services valued at $500,000
MBUSI Team Members and the plant have been busy the past few weeks with COVID-19 relief activities. Once all donations are complete, the plant expects to have donated more than $500,000 in funds, goods and services to area non-profits and healthcare agencies in Alabama. MBUSI cancelled its planned MBUSI Family Day/Open House and there are plans to contribute $80,000 from that event to our local United Way agencies and their 211 Crisis Funds to help families who are struggling to pay their bills. The United Way of West Alabama and the United Way of Central Alabama will receive these funds in the coming weeks.
President and CEO Michael Goebel said, “The COVID-19 pandemic is placing an incredible amount of strain on families and on the nonprofits and groups trying to assist them in making ends meet. We are all connected and we have to pull together to help get this community through this crisis.”
“United Way of West Alabama established the West Alabama COVID-19 Community Response Fund (WACRF) in response to our 2-1-1 Helpline calls for assistance with basic necessities (food, rent and utilities) increasing by 400% due to the COVID-10 crisis,” said United Way President and CEO, Jackie Wuska. “Most of the increase in 2-1-1 Helpline calls are coming from individuals who never asked for help and, for the first time ever, find themselves unable to work and make their mortgage or utility payments.”
Wuska continued to say, “Thus far, our funding awards to individuals and families have ranged from $180 – $920. Mercedes-Benz U.S. International’s generous gift in support of our WACRF will enable us to help many more families during these stressful times and go a long way to provide much needed hope and peace of mind. We are so grateful for Mercedes’ support and all they do to help our community no matter the extent of the need.”
Other Planned In-Kind Donations to be made by MBUSI include:
- DCH Hospitals in Tuscaloosa and Northport – 18 ventilator boxes and 2,000 N100 sewn masks created by the MPS team. The hospital provided the material and Team Members sewed the masks in our Continuous Improvement Shop.
- The Tuscaloosa County Emergency Management Agency – 80,000 surgical masks, 12,000 N95 washable masks, and 30 N95 masks, to first responders and medical personnel in the region.
- Bibb County Emergency Management Agency – 10,000 surgical masks and 1,000 N95 washable masks to protect healthcare workers.
- Alabama Department of Public Health – 100,000 surgical masks and 7,000 N95 washable masks.
- UAB Hospital – 20,000 surgical masks, 5,500 N95 washable masks, and 12 ventilator boxes to protect healthcare workers.
- The Alabama Productivity Center received 600 Face Shield headbands to be distributed to healthcare workers at DCH and UAB hospitals.
OTHER COVID-19 Relief Activities
Community Foundation of West Alabama
MBUSI directed the Community Foundation of West Alabama to use $100,000 we invested with them more than a decade ago to benefit six organizations to help provide critical needs to individuals and families impacted by COVID-19. Eligible families can go to these organizations and apply for grants to cover bills, get food vouchers and get other services. Checks are being distributed this week:
- United Way of West Alabama ($40,000)
- Temporary Emergency Services of West Alabama ($15,000)
- West Alabama Food Bank ($10,000)
- Community Service Programs of West Alabama ($10,000)
- American Red Cross / American Red Cross West Alabama Chapter ($10,000)
- Tuscaloosa City and Tuscaloosa County Schools ($15,000)
LifeSouth Community Blood Centers
Two blood drives held at MBUSI in late March and early April to meet critical blood shortages in our community. Stay tuned for more blood drive details.