GCP Applied Technologies this week donated more than 50,000 masks, and hand sanitizer, to Cambridge Health Alliance hospitals through the Cambridge Fire Department’s Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) collection drive.
GCP is one of Cambridge School Volunteers’ corporate partners that recruits and helps CSV coordinate the matching of STEM professionals as one-to-one mentors to Rindge Ave Upper School seventh-graders. Currently, 20 GCP employees are engaged in mentoring in the NetPals program there.
“This is another powerful example of how the Cambridge community continues to come together for the greater good in the midst of a challenging time,” said Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and City Manager Louis A. DePasquale, in a joint statement regarding this week’s donation.
“GCP has been a member of the Cambridge community for over 100 years. It has been no surprise to see how our community has come together during this unprecedented time,” said GCP Applied Technologies CEO Randy Dearth. “We have a longstanding relationship with the Cambridge Fire Department, and were happy to have been able to answer their call for assistance with surplus supplies we had on hand. At GCP, we continue to look for ways we can use our resources to assist the community in our own backyard as well as globally as we get through the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Several other CSV corporate partners have also been in the news for technology advances and charitable work. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), which is a CSV partner in both the KeyPals and NetPals programs, is making strides in preventing a nationwide shortage of ventilators. MIT KeyPals volunteer at Kennedy-Longfellow School in East Cambridge, while MIT NetPals volunteer as STEM mentors to students at the Putnam Ave Upper School in the Riverside neighborhood.
A group at the university has rapidly developed a ventilator that can be made for $400–500, Its potential ability to address scarcity of the machine type could spell the survival of severely ill COVID-19 patients. The team, called MIT E-Vent, is comprised of volunteers. “While we work on documenting and releasing information that we hope will make a positive impact, we would prefer to not share names until there are enough ventilators, so we can focus,” says the project’s web page on the university site.
The Broad Institute and Philips Research, both NetPals partners of CSV whose employees mentor students at Cambridge Street Upper School, have also been in the news for contributions to mitigate the public health crisis.
CSV will continue, over the next few weeks, to report on partner efforts to mitigate the effects of the coronavirus pandemic locally and globally.