The impact of COVID-19 is being felt across the country and communities big and small, in ways we could have never imaged. Beyond the global health crisis, the coronavirus is having severe impacts on individuals, small businesses and health care organizations.
The goal of the Pros for Heroes campaign – launched by Washington National, Ryan Zimmerman and his wife, Heather, along with the support of a coalition of athletes from across the country – is to ensure that health care professionals have the tools they need to stay safe, including supplies, reliable equipment and healthy meals for themselves and their families every day. Keeping these front line heroes comfortable by allowing them to go from hospital to home with a sense of safety and health is our priority.
“Teamwork is the ability to come together towards a common goal. We each have our own teams that we play for, but now that team has expanded,” said Ryan. “We look forward to attracting as many supporters to help join this cause and give back as much as we can to those who have given us so much.”
“These critical care unit members are the true heroes, and we believe supporting them in any manner is incredibly important,” Ryan continued. “The Pros For Heroes fund focuses on a multi-pronged approach, keeping our first responders covered at work and comfortable at home.”
On top of financial support for supplies and equipment, a key component of the #ProsForHeroes mission is to cover meals for medical staff. “When they get off work and their shifts end each day, these staff members should not be worried about feeding themselves or their families.”
Ryan added, “with restaurants and food service industries impacted so severely as well, we also want to try and make a difference in this sector where we can. All meals being delivered will be locally sourced and designed to give back to each community with the widest reach possible.”
Who we’re working with:
Pros For Heroes is currently in support of these core organizations with more to come:
• First Responders First, is a global initiative created to provide frontline healthcare workers with the health and safety resources they so desperately need as they serve on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic. They provide essential protective equipment, accommodations, child care, food, mental health support, and other resources through its implementing collaborators - Americares, Direct Relief, World Central Kitchen and Bright Horizons, among others.
• Inova Health is Northern Virginia’s leading nonprofit healthcare provider – with all five of their hospitals holding five-star rankings from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Inova’s 18,000 team members serve more than 2 million individuals annually and have been industry leaders in helping care and treat for Covid-19 patients in and around the greater D.C. region.
• SuperFd is a leading provider of nutrition for professional sports teams and athletes while emphasizing locally sourced organic growers and community farmers. SuperFd's talented chefs have served over 300,000 meals and are excited to provide that same quality of nutrition to our medical workers on the front lines. SuperFd has worked diligently to implement a full no contact delivery system, with all internal safety protocols applied in adherence with the DOH and CDC.
Here’s how you can help:
In the most basic form, please start by helping us spread the word. Use the #ProsForHeroes hashtag and follow @prosforheroes on Instagram and Twitter for news and updates.
If you are in a position to contribute and have the means to take action, we hope you will donate today. No dollar amount is too small. 100% of donations (less the 2.2% and $0.30 per donation transaction fee) will go directly to these organizations as they continue to coordinate, mobilize, and distribute meals and supplies to those impacted by COVID-19. A $10 donation covers roughly one meal and a family of four can be fed for just $40.
We are monitoring this growing need and are prepared to continue to support these organizations, as well as others. We recognize this need is great and are looking to make the biggest possible difference we can.
Thank you for your consideration.
Pros For Heroes is working directly with the ziMS Foundation, Inc. (a 501c3 non-profit organization, EIN # 20-5461183, registered in the United States) to manage donations. All donations made on this page will be held by the ziMS Foundation for the purpose of distributing such contributions to First Responders First, Inova Health Foundation, SuperFd and other similar organizations and businesses in support of their efforts to aid those front line workers affected by COVID-19 in the DC region and around the country.