Save our Shelters: COVID Testing for the Homeless

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Save Our Shelters: A Fundraiser to Protect the Homeless

Our goal is to bring vital, free SARS-CoV-2 rapid antibody testing to every NYC Homeless shelter in need.  As the United States is transitioning to Re-Open we are focusing on providing testing to places that Never Closed. The past 3 months have presented unique challenges for those forced to shelter at home. It has been even harder on those that do not even have a home to shelter  in place. 

Checkmate Health Strategies, in collaboration with the Bowery Mission and other NYC based Shelters, is moving to bring SARS-CoV-2 testing to individuals in high-risk populations. This fundraiser will go towards conducting on-site point of care rapid antibody testing in the hardest hit underserved communities in our country.

Our goal is to help get everyone tested, especially in communities within epicenters of the outbreak in transient and poorly equipped regions.  The Checkmate team working in conjunction with the COVID Foundation and in collaboration with top testing providers will be able to take the funds raised to buy tests and conduct them on-site. 

Each dollar raised on this GoFundMe will receive a generous 1:1 match by the Joshua D Hadar Family Charitable Trust,
up to $20,000. The Trust's contributions have already been counted in the GoFundMe goal. Help us go above and beyond this generous matching donation.  For every $15 donated, a homeless individual can be screened for SARS-CoV-2, using an FDA certified rapid antibody tests.  All donations will be tax-deductible. 

Should we go beyond our goal, we will also bring testing to other communities in need including nursing homes, housing projects located in underserved communities, and more.

Donations to date:

- $20,000 1:1 matching from Joshua D Hadar Family Charitable Trust
- 1,250 Healgen tests have been donated by Safety Supply Ltd. for homeless testing
- 250 PCR tests have been donated by Phosphorus Laboratories


Donating Partners Include: 

COVID Foundation, New York, NY
Checkmate Health Strategies New York, NY
Bowery Mission, New York, NY
Good Samaritan Village, New York, NY
Joshua Hadar Family Trust, Bedford, NY
Capture Proof, San Francisco, CA
Safety Supply LTD, Los Angeles, CA
Healgen Scientific, Houston, TX
Phosphorus Laboratories, Secaucus, NJ

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About Us

Checkmate Health Strategies is a not-for-profit testing initiative launched by Eleonora Walczak, Orthopedic Surgeon MPH RPA-C. Ms. Walczak has over a decade of healthcare experience and has already conducted 400+ rapid antibody tests during the crisis. 


The COVID Foundation is a fiscally sponsored 501(c)3, founded by social entrepreneur Ben Wei. Mr. Wei has built two COVID relief organizations, which have collectively have raised nearly $1,000,000 for PPE relief and donated 100,000+ pieces of PPE to frontline healthcare workers, With a team of 30+ volunteers, the Foundation is 100% volunteer-run and is committed to helping provide care to underserved communities. The COVID Foundation operates through a fiscal sponsorship with The Giving Back Fund, Inc. (Federal Tax ID: 04-3367888), a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation recognized by IRS as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Contributions to The COVID Foundation are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Our Goals

Our Primary Goal is to deliver rapid point of care Sars-CoV-2 Testing to underserved populations within COVID-19 Pandemic epicenters. Our current target zone is NYC

Our Commitment 

We are committed to bringing reliable, quick, and accurate testing to those in need. We would like to help our cities reopen by providing adequate tracking and testing of SARS-CoV-2, 

FAQ

I have not gotten tested yet, how can I?

Dial 1-888-364-3065 (USA)
Dial 1-866-692-3641 (NYC)

What tests are you using?

We are screening patients using FDA approved Healgen Rapid Antibody Test Kits. In addition, FDA approved PCR saliva analysis at Phosphorus Laboratories will be conducted on patients demonstrating symptoms and/or antibody negative.

How long before each patient obtains results?

15 minutes for Rapid Antibody; 24 hours for PCR 

How do I know the tests are accurate?
Both Test are FDA approved and authorized.

Why is Point of Care so Important?
We want to be able to catch cases as quickly as possible to help limit the spread and protect the population at risk. Many of these individuals are transient.

Are donations tax-deductible? 

Yes, The COVID Foundation operates through a fiscal sponsorship with The Giving Back Fund, Inc. (Federal Tax ID: 04-3367888), a Massachusetts nonprofit corporation recognized by IRS as a tax-exempt public charity under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.  Contributions to The COVID Foundation are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Aside from donations, how can we help? 

Share this message with your friends. You can follow us on Twitter & Instagram: @covidfoundation

If you are a healthcare worker or supply administrator you can fill out this form: http://cvd.cm/ppesurvey

If you want to volunteer, please email [email redacted] use “VOLUNTEER” in the subject headline

If you have a direct relationship with Homeless Shelters, Nursing Homes, or Other Underserved Housing Communities, use “RELATIONSHIP” in the subject headline

If you are a member of the press or would like to connect us with a member of the press, you can e-mail us with a subject headline “PRESS CONTACT”

Follow us: 

Twitter: @covidfoundation

Instagram: @covidfoundation #CheckMateUSA #HealGeneration #ProTectProTest

Please direct your inquiries appropriately to ensure quickest response time: 

- [email redacted] for general inquiries 
- [email redacted] for media and partnership inquiries 
- [email redacted] for supply inquiries 
- [email redacted] for PPE request inquiries
- [email redacted] for testing inquiries

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Fundraising team: COVID Foundation (3)

Benjamin Wei 
Organizer
New York, NY
COVID Foundation, a project of the Giving Back Fund 
Beneficiary
Eleonora Walczak 
Team member
Raised $14,440 from 34 donations
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