Hebrew SeniorLife Raises Over $2 Million for COVID-19 Response Fund
Donations Help Protect Patients, Residents, and Staff
BOSTON – Since March 2020, Harvard Medical School Affiliate Hebrew SeniorLife has been on the front lines of fighting COVID-19 to protect the most vulnerable people this virus affects – seniors. To help with the procurement of much-needed personal protection equipment as well as initially building a dedicated COVID-19 unit at its Boston campus, Hebrew SeniorLife established the COVID-19 Senior Response Fund.
In less than six months, with donations from organizations, individual donors, and employees, the COVID-19 Senior Response Fund raised over $2 million. In addition to continuing to purchase personal protection equipment, the fund is helping Hebrew SeniorLife meet its increased staffing and equipment needs as its campuses begin the slow, safe reopening phase. Many activities for patients are slowly being reintroduced on a smaller scale, such as small-group activities, with both patients and staff wearing masks and staying six feet apart. Other activities, such as music therapy, have been re-introduced using Zoom.
“We so appreciate the support for Hebrew SeniorLife’s COVID-19 Senior Response Fund,” says Katelyn Quynn, Chief Development Officer and Vice President, Board Relations. “As we were all responding to the crisis, our donors, our employees, and many of our residents, some for the first time, contributed to our fund, which continues to help us fight the virus and reopen in a safe, phased-in way. Additionally, we had amazing volunteer donors offer to make calls on our behalf to raise money for the fund. We are extremely grateful, and we know that together, we will get through this.”
About Hebrew SeniorLife
Hebrew SeniorLife, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is a national senior services leader uniquely dedicated to rethinking, researching, and redefining the possibilities of aging. Based in Boston, the nonprofit organization has provided communities and health care for seniors, research into aging, and education for geriatric care providers since 1903. For more information about Hebrew SeniorLife, visit http://www.hebrewseniorlife.org and our blog, or follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.