General Motors is working overtime to provide support to medical personnel in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, producing face masks and ventilator equipment, both of which are in extremely high demand. In addition to these new production efforts, GM is also investing millions of dollars into nonprofit organizations and supporting employee volunteer and donation efforts.
“Our team at GM has shown ingenuity, creativity and heart as we face this pandemic,” said General Motors president Mark Reuss. “We have mobilized our manufacturing capacity to aid response efforts, and we’ve been actively engaged in our communities to help find solutions to new and compounding challenges, especially in education.”
The automaker has thus far invested $2.65 million in 40 different nonprofits, including a $1 million grant for the DonorsChoose Keep Kids Learning program. The program works to provide basic resources in high-need school districts, such as pencils, notebooks, food, books, and cleaning supplies.
“When schools began closing last month, we surveyed over 4,000 teachers from the country’s highest-need districts and found that nearly 70 percent of their students lack resources to learn at home,” said DonorsChoose founder and CEO Charles Best. “The unfortunate reality is, when students cannot go to school, the resources available in their homes are going to shape their education, which means coronavirus threatens to widen educational inequality.”
General Motors is also providing $1.65 million in grants to GM facility communities around the nation, including support for crucial community services, such as food and housing assistance, small business support, and at-home learning resources.
What’s more, the automaker says that over 2,100 General Motors employees have volunteered to help support relief efforts for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, including the manufacture and delivery of PPE produced at GM’s facility in Warren, Michigan, financial donations, and pledges to the American Red Cross SleevesUp campaign.
“We are working hard to make sure that everyone – from frontline and emergency response teams to teachers and families – has the resources they need to navigate this uncertain time,” Reuss said. “I am proud of the employees that continue to show resourcefulness and resolve to helping our communities and country through this perilous time, and we won’t stop until the job is done.”