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Relief that Z Zurich Foundation has provided in 2021 continues to help thousands of people in the U.S., Canada and beyond with food, transportation and other needs.
A few months ago, the pandemic seemed to be waning, then it regained power amid resilient variants. Meantime, the pandemic-related needs of many Americans have never vanished. And neither have the Z Zurich Foundation’s relief efforts.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Z Zurich Foundation has provided financial aid to support COVID-19 relief efforts in North America and around the world. In 2020, the foundation helped 220 charities in 35 countries, positively impacting an estimated 2.4 million lives, including many in Illinois and in communities surrounding Zurich North America’s Schaumburg headquarters. In 2021, the foundation has continued to provide COVID relief funding, including to UNICEF to support vaccine delivery globally. In the U.S., foundation funding is going to charitable organizations including the American Red Cross and the United Way.
Among the many projects the foundation has funded are the United Way Ride United initiatives, which have focused on COVID-related needs in vulnerable communities. Two of these initiatives partner with DoorDash and Lyft to provide deliveries to low-income households with limited access to food pantries, and to provide rides to and from vaccination appointments for low-income families.
“United Way’s Ride United program has made more than 550,000 deliveries of food and other essential supplies, and more than 80,000 rides to help people access essential medical services, obtain healthy food and get to job interviews,” Joshua B. Pedersen, Senior Director 211 for United Way Worldwide, said. “Z Zurich Foundation has proven to be an essential partner in United Way’s efforts to mitigate the impacts of COVID-19.”
Another recipient of foundation funding has been the American Red Cross COVID relief fund. The donations have helped the Red Cross set up vaccination sites, collect information from vaccinated individuals and supply water and food for medical staff at vaccination clinics.
“The American Red Cross is extremely grateful for Z Zurich Foundation’s generous donation, which enables our organization to provide shelter, food, relief supplies and comfort to people across the country that have been impacted by disasters big and small, as well as countless other crises,” said Elizabeth Penniman, Vice President of Communications at the American Red Cross.
Many Americans need these organizations’ support more than ever, with federal enhanced jobless benefits having ended in early September and the eviction moratorium rescinded, at a time when severe weather events also have devastated many communities.
In addition to the foundation’s giving, Zurich employees can make personal contributions to COVID-19 relief efforts, 100% matched by the Z Zurich Foundation
“As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to impact communities around the globe, the Z Zurich Foundation is proud to work with colleagues across the Zurich business to continue supporting relief efforts in our communities,” said Andrea Davis, Z Zurich Foundation regional engagement manager for North America and Bermuda. “In North America, we are supporting charities that are addressing high levels of need for food, mental health resources, access to vaccines and more.”
Among other projects that the Foundation has funded:
- The Insurance Industry Charitable Foundation Children’s Relief Fund, which works to support food security and other essentials for children in need.
- Mental Health America’s Screening-to-Supports program that creates greater access to mental health screenings.
- The Feeding America COVID relief fund.
It also has provided support to organizations in Canada, including:
- Jack.org, which continues to provide mental health support through its “Be There” framework.
- United Way of Canada, to help maintain the funding of community hubs and social infrastructure in impoverished neighborhoods. This includes funding to Black and Indigenous-focused agencies, part of United Way’s commitment to equity.
- Second Harvest, in continued support of an initiative started in 2020 that supports Northern and Indigenous communities and addresses ongoing food insecurity caused by the pandemic.
- Daily Bread Food Bank, which anticipates a continuing high demand for its support from community members.
Z Zurich Foundation’s support is making a meaningful difference in COVID-19 relief and resilience for United Way Worldwide, Pedersen said:
“We are grateful for the continued and generous support enabling us to help more people grapple with the need that COVID-19 has exposed in communities around the world.”
To learn more about the Z Zurich Foundation’s impact in 2020, click here.
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