As COVID-19 threatens the health and well-being of people and communities across North America, financial-services firm Edward Jones is committing $2.7 million to support national and community organizations serving the most immediate needs of its citizens.
To ensure a coordinated effort that supports the most urgent health and financial needs across North America, the firm is investing in a variety of national and regional and community nonprofits in its headquarters cities of St. Louis, Tempe, Ariz. and Mississauga, Canada including:
Support for The American Red Cross to maintain vital relief services and sufficient blood supplies that are helping meet the urgent humanitarian needs of local citizens.
Support for Food Banks Canada to help ensure that over 500 food banks across Canadian communities maintain vital food support for vulnerable families in need. Food Banks Canada is launching a special $150M appeal to help ensure that food banks can continue their critical work.
Support for The United Way, to support critical agency services in St. Louis, Tempe, Ariz. and Mississauga, Canada including the expansion of 2-1-1 helpline for people to access emergency food, shelter and childcare for first responders and essential workers. This support is in addition to investing $8.2 million in United Way through firm donations and employee giving campaigns.
Support for the St. Louis COVID-19 Regional Response Fund, which was created and funded by a coalition of community partners to direct dollars to nonprofits serving people who are disproportionately affected by coronavirus including the elderly, homeless and children. Assembled by the St. Louis Community Foundation the coalition has given $970,000 to 33 nonprofits in the bistate area.
Support for five local hospital systems, Barnes Jewish Hospital, St. Louis University SSM, and Mercy Hospital in St. Louis; Arizona's Chandler Regional Medical Center; and Trillium Health Partners in Canada to support emergency medical response for area patients and Edward Jones associates should they need it.