Here at Loeb & Loeb, we truly believe that we’re all connected. One of the most powerful ways we express this philosophy is through meaningful service in the communities where we live and work. That’s true more now than ever as we navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, and we are proud to work with clients that are doing great things to help communities around the globe. We hope you’ll take some time to read the stories below to see how our clients and lawyers are bringing about positive change during these challenging times.
Gerber Finance Foundation
For many years, partner Miriam Cohen has supported Gerber Finance Foundation, a foundation created by Loeb client Gerber Finance. Through the foundation’s HOPE-Full Kids program, the Foundation partners with HOPE Community Services of New Rochelle to provide meals on school holidays to children who rely on school cafeterias throughout the year. Located in one of the most drastically impacted communities, the Foundation worked with HOPE Community Services and the National Guard to distribute over 2,400 meals to children in need during the month of April. The organization continues to find ways to help the New Rochelle community during this difficult time, and, with the support of their partners, they will be able to provide for an additional 3,000 meals which, in addition to another regularly scheduled distribution, will bring the total to 5,000 meals provided to children in need during the month of May.
World Cares Center
Partner David Fischer has advised and serves on the board of World Cares Center (WCC). Since its founding after September 11, WCC has been responding to disasters in the U.S. and around the world and working in communities to prepare individuals to take care of themselves and serve as Ready Responders who can help others. With a surge in demand for its disaster preparedness expertise, the NYC-based nonprofit is training and protecting front-line responders, with a focus on underrepresented groups in the New York metro area, as they struggle with the COVID-19 pandemic. By partnering with local community leaders to educate constituents, WCC helps those communities reduce exposure and risk. To date, WCC has distributed and donated 28,000 N95 respirators, coveralls, and gloves from its own supplies to responders, health care workers, and volunteers going door to door to feed home-bound seniors. They also are providing personal protective equipment and training for service providers in critical situations, including service workers active in elder care, home health care aides, janitors and others who need immediate support in different communities.
Pandemic Responders Foundation
Loeb attorneys Diara Holmes and Neil Weare recently helped launch Pandemic Responders Foundation and are currently assisting the Foundation with becoming a Section 501(c)(3) public charity. Pandemic Responders Foundation, a start-up nonprofit, raises funds to donate personal protective equipment and other medical supplies to medical providers and other first responders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation
The Mother Cabrini Health Foundation, a client of partner Jason Lilien, recently committed $50 million in funding to support nonprofit organizations addressing the health impacts New Yorkers are experiencing as a result of COVID-19. Jason, along with associate Talia Metson, is advising the Foundation on the distribution of the funds across New York via Coronavirus Emergency Support Grants to community-based emergency response funds, health care systems, Catholic Charities affiliates serving all faiths and other organizations. The grants support those most affected by this pandemic, including elderly individuals, those with preexisting medical conditions, and the healthcare and social services workers caring for them.
Partners Jason Lilien and Marc Owens advised client NewLab in connection with the establishment of a charitable project to develop an “alternative ventilator” in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. NewLab, a New York City-based tech lab, worked closely with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other groups to develop the Spiro Wave, an alternative ventilator that the Food and Drug Administration has authorized for emergency use. They expect the Spiro Wave units to begin shipping out to hospitals soon to help address the need for more ventilators during the current crisis and in preparation for a potential second wave this fall.
The John Wall Family Foundation
Loeb lawyers Diara Holmes and Neil Weare recently helped The John Wall Family Foundation partner with Washington, DC to launch the ‘202 Assist’ program. The four week rent relief fundraiser will provide rent assistance to families experiencing hardship during the pandemic. John Wall, a player for the Washington Wizards, is seeking the public’s help in meeting their donation goal, and after June 22, the final day for donations, he will team up with the DC Department of Housing and Community Development, Lydia’s House and Housing Counseling Services to identify qualifying families to provide assistance.
For information on the business impacts of COVID-19, please visit our COVID-19 Resource Center, which we continue to update as the situation evolves. If you have questions about COVID-19’s impact on your business, please reach out to your Loeb relationship partner or email us directly at COVID19@loeb.com.