The PSOJ COVID-19 Response Fund Achieves The Goal of Helping Jamaica’s Most Vulnerable Citizens
COVID-19 has had a massive impact on our economy and in the midst of the crisis, many Jamaicans found their back against the wall and are still struggling during this period. The PSOJ COVID-19 Response Fund began April 3, 2020, with an aim to help those in vulnerable communities with the economic effects of the coronavirus. The Fund was made possible through a partnership between the PSOJ, the United Way of Jamaica, The Council of Voluntary Social Services and the American Friends of Jamaica. In addition, we would like to thank our many stakeholders, including the Jamaica Defense Force, the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the Mona Geoinformatics Institute, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and notable NGOs including the Salvation Army, MultiCare Yute Foundation, Jamaica AIDS Support For Life and the Jamaica Association for the Deaf.
We are immensely grateful for the donations made by local and international contributors. The donations have allowed for $197.5 million JMD to be raised which has helped a total of 77,000 beneficiaries that have been struggling within Jamaica. Our 122 local and 949 overseas donors have allowed for 52 communities to be aided with 71,000 food relief packages. We would further like to thank our 1,215 generous volunteers who have given us 29,700 volunteer hours. Without them, we would not have been able to achieve this. The Fund also supported 46 NGO’s allowing for 781 health checks to be passed and 43,000 masks to be delivered.
The COVID-19 Jamaica Response Fund has not only allowed us to give back to our community and help those in vulnerable positions but has given many families across Jamaica hope in this challenging and uncertain time. Your immense generosity and selflessness have allowed us to feed starving children, families and elderly citizens who may have lost their jobs or struggled to make ends meet during these trying times.
We are beyond grateful because none of these efforts could have been made possible without the help of our volunteers, our partners and YOU. When unemployment skyrocketed and many persons couldn’t see the light at the end of the tunnel, you made it possible. Your donations have contributed greatly and we cannot express our gratitude enough.
Although the Fund is coming to an end, we still encourage you all to continue donating to other worthy organizations, doing kind acts of service and to look out for our fellow citizens as these difficult times are not over.