There has never been a more important time for all of us to practice physical distancing. Our only chance to prevent our heroic women and men who work in healthcare from being overwhelmed is to STAY HOME, and remain physically separated.
That being said, I submit that it is even more critical that we remain socially connected during what will likely be the most difficult year of our lives.
Life Science Cares has been a vehicle for the greater Boston life sciences community to help those around us who are impacted by poverty, since our start four years ago. It is also the way all of us can remain socially connected to our community, and provide assistance to those whose lives have been upended by COVID-19.
Life Science Cares is working to help people who have been impacted by this crisis in many ways, including:
1) LSC COVID-19 Response Fund
The most vulnerable among us are being hit the hardest by this virus. Our partners are on the front lines helping in numerous ways, such as:
- Distributing food to students who are missing out on free lunch due to school closures;
- Providing medical care to the homeless and giving them a bed when they are sick;
- Ensuring learning continuity for students, and;
- Helping families missing out on a paycheck to survive
Life Science Cares has launched the LSC COVID-19 Response Fund and are calling on you and your company to give generously and help us assist our partners in this fight. Through this fund, LSC will award flexible grants to our partners and others who are doing the best work to meet the emerging and shifting needs caused by this unprecedented outbreak.
As always with LSC donations, we are committed to transparency, and 100% of contributions to this fund will go to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on our neighbors in need. LSC Board members cover all the administrative costs of our efforts so that we can make sure 100% of every dollar raised will go to those on the front lines of this fight.
2) Fulfilling Specific Requests From Our Partners
We are in regular communications with our non-profit partners and, as is the LSC way, we will shape our response based on their needs and where gaps in support might arise.
In most instances, you can fulfill these needs from the comfort of your own home, by ordering through Amazon or sending in needed items you may have to spare. We are continuing to update our website (http://lifesciencecares.org/) as well as our social media pages with specific needs and volunteer opportunities, so please check back regularly to see how you and your family can pitch in.
3) Collaborate and Coordinate
There are many terrific efforts going on in the community, and LSC is collaborating with other organizations to ensure our collective efforts will make the largest difference.
For example, our colleagues at MassBio have launched a campaign to gather critically needed materials for our hospitals that our life science companies may have and be able to donate.
For more information on this life saving initiative, and to find out how to donate your equipment or supplies, see the link below.
I’ve never been more proud to be a part of this industry, which consists of some of the most caring, passionate people on the planet.
We all chose this industry because we want to help humanity by solving issues for patients impacted by disease. Several of our colleagues are working tirelessly on therapeutic and vaccine solutions that will, God willing, help save millions of lives.
For the rest of us who may not be working on medical solutions, there are still ways you can help. Whether it is through donating to Life Science Cares, or through fulfilling other needs in your own community, there has never been a more important time to remain connected, and to care actively!
Be well, and be safe.