September 30, 2020
A beautiful and sunny Saturday morning along the Erie bayfront recently gave way to a successful COVID-19 neighborhood outreach. Hamot Health Foundation teamed up with United Clergy of Erie, Minority Community Investment Coalition (MCIC), and other community organizations to tackle disparity and score points for community health. The prevailing message of Safety and Solidarity said it all.
More than 100 masked volunteers pounded the pavement in the West Bayfront area to distribute 12,500 face masks along with packaged CDC educational materials to 2,000-plus households. Canvas tote bags provided by UPMC Hamot Aid Society operationalized the effort.
A $10,000 grant from Erie Insurance funded event expenses and provided financial momentum to support the principle that everyone deserves equal access to wellness — regardless of race, gender, culture, or socioeconomic status.
In other COVID-19 efforts, HHF is partnering with the Booker T. Washington Center to provide enhanced screenings to the surrounding neighborhood. Part of a larger local effort to promote 1-1 partnerships between community centers and health care institutions, this is important work in which Hamot Health Foundation is proud to be involved.