Last September, we announced five recovery initiatives that address key challenges magnified by the COVID-19 pandemic and set the state on a pathway to more equity and greater community and economic resilience in the face of future disruption: Rural Entrepreneurship, Food System Resilience, Rural Connectivity, Learning in Transition, and Welcoming, Equitable, Anti-Racist Communities. Over the past few months, we have interviewed the team leaders for each recovery initiative to understand why the Community Foundation chose to focus on each as part of its pandemic recovery strategy.Read more about "What We're Learning from the VT COVID-19 Response Fund Recovery Initiatives"
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Generator VT and PPE
When the Generator Makerspace in Burlington was forced to close its doors to members as a result of COVID-19, members of their community were motivated to use the manufacturing space for good. In response to requests from the UVM Medical Center and other area hospitals, Generator has begun fabricating personal protective equipment, specifically face shields that extend the life of N95 masks and intubation boxes, which are placed over patients' heads while medical workers intubate them, limiting spread of the virus.
Generator has already delivered over 500 face shields to UVMMC and has a goal to manufacture 5,000 total. The Vermont Community Foundation is proud to have provided a grant to help Generator get a headstart on its initiative.
"The story of Generator's pivot to producing essential personal protective equipment face shields for healthcare workers fighting COVID-19 wouldn't have been possible without the early gift from the VT COVID-19 Response Fund, which led to a crucial two-day head start on purchasing materials and setting up production and fulfillment lines." Dan Harvey, Generator Board of Directors and Meg Hammond, Generator Executive Director