Currently, Flexport.org is focusing all our resources on getting critical supplies to frontline responders combating COVID-19.
Here’s the problem:
There’s a shortage of masks, gowns, gloves and other critical supplies to protect our medical professionals in hospitals across the world. If a member of hospital staff catches the virus, their health is at serious risk, and they cannot work for at least 14 days. That’s a major problem.
We need to protect frontline responders. More responders on the frontline means more capacity at our hospitals, and more people will get the care they need.
"Our doctors, nurses and hospital staff are the real action heroes of this crisis. I just play one in the movies. We have an opportunity and a responsibility to provide them with personal protective equipment right now to keep them safe as they fight this virus, so when I heard about Flexport.org’s plan, this was a no-brainer to me," said Arnold Schwarzenegger. "With all of the courageous work they are doing on the frontlines to keep us safe, buying a few hundred thousand masks with a million dollars is the least I can do. Please take a moment to join me in supporting our heroes.”
Nearly every major international company on the planet who can help is working on this specific problem or has offered their support. Unfortunately, there is a lot more work to do.
There’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes to move something from point A to point B, but it’s essentially a four step process:
1. Manufacturers make the supplies.
2. Trucks get the supplies to the airport or ocean ports.
3. Cargo planes and ships will bring supplies to the nearest hub.
4. Trucks will pick up the supplies and deliver them to the hospitals.
Flexport.org supports all of these companies and makes the process move as quickly as possible, enabling organizations to deliver aid and make an impact. We’re at the point of intersection for companies to move critical supplies from the factory and get them to frontline responders.
Hospitals and medical centers tell us where we need to surge resources. We’re working with every major trucking company, airline, medical supplier and everyone in between.
Here’s how we’re solving this problem:
Last week we helped MedShare donate 60,000 surgical masks, 34,000 gloves, 2,000 surgical gowns and 50 thermometers to San Francisco’s Department of Public Health.
We need to do more.
Fortunately, masks, gowns and equipment are cheap. Unfortunately, transporting them isn’t free. Big companies have stepped up and have made large contributions to provide these goods and we are committed to getting them where they need to go.
How can you help?
If you want to help frontline responders in our hospitals, chip in $25, $50, $100, or whatever you can afford.
If you’re a business owner and you have the means to take action, make a large tax-deductible donation.
Donations go toward the Flexport.org Fund, managed by our grantmaking partner CAF America, and are used to cover the cost of transportation for organizations responding to the crisis.
One of the most important things we can do is protect our frontline responders. We need to protect them so they can protect us.
Thanks for your consideration.
As the need evolves, so will our response. We’ll help medical providers access what they deem as the priority, including needs such as testing kits, thermometers, ventilators, and medicines. We’ll continue to support at-risk communities through food access or other basic necessities.
By making a donation to this campaign, you understand that your donation is going toward the Flexport.org Fund at CAF America. You understand that your gift to CAF America becomes the property of CAF America and that CAF America has ultimate control, authority, and discretion with regard to its assets. All grants made by CAF America are in its sole and independent discretion.
- Carol Bayens
- Diane Saltzberg