CLEVELAND – May 29, 2020 – Seven public and private sector organizations partnered together to fulfill the need for protective face masks on behalf of local service organizations as they continue to serve the community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
This initiative was coordinated by Marc Byrnes, Cleveland civic leader, Chairman Emeritus of Oswald Companies and previous Board Chair at United Way of Greater Cleveland, and Ronn Richard, President and CEO of the Cleveland Foundation, in cooperation with the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Factory Direct Health, Jewish Federation of Cleveland, MedWish International, Oswald Companies and United Way of Greater Cleveland.
MedWish International volunteered to warehouse, sort and distribute the face masks to the agencies. United Way worked directly with MedWish and the team to coordinate distribution of the 100,000 masks to 100 local agencies. Catholic Diocese of Cleveland, Cleveland Foundation, Jewish Federation of Cleveland, Oswald Companies and United Way funded the mask donations. Factory Direct Health, a California-based supply chain management company, focused on cost reduction and quality assurance, sourced the masks on a pro bono basis.