New Jersey American Water donated $10,000 to two organizations that provide support to first responders around the state, the Camden-based utility said in a May 26 statement.
The company gave $5,000 each to the EMS Council of New Jersey and the New Jersey Firemen’s Home. The EMS Council provides a forum for members of volunteer first aid and rescue squads to work on improving ambulance service around the state and learn new techniques. The Firemen’s Home is the only licensed nursing home facility dedicated to serving retired firefighters.
“Our member organizations are comprised of volunteers who rely on donations and fundraisers to buy equipment and PPE. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced cancellation of numerous fundraising activities for our squads, so we’re grateful for New Jersey American Water’s support during this difficult time,” said Barbara Platt, president of the EMS Council, in a statement.
“New Jersey American Water’s contribution to our COVID-19 relief fund will help us purchase the essential supplies needed to protect the health of our residents, staff, and nurses who are working very hard during this difficult time,” said Hugh Flood, superintendent and chief financial officer of the Firemen’s Home.
In April, New Jersey American Water and its charitable arm contributed $65,000 to the New Jersey Pandemic Relief Fund and COVID-19 response funds established by the Cooper Health Foundation, Inspira Health, RWJBarnabas Health.
Elsewhere, Brother International, the Bridgewater-based maker of home and office products, said it donated 30 sewing machines to NJMasks. The organization, made up of about 50 volunteers in Bergen County, sews protective face masks. The masks are shipped to a sterilization plant, then distributed to institutions requesting them or made available for porch pickup