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To Go Far, Go Together

September 2, 2020

CFT, United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, and Trusted World partner to bring free personal protective equipment to nonprofits

“If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” – African Proverb

At CFT, we believe wholeheartedly in working side by side with others, knowing that our impact is greater and farther-reaching when we collaborate with partners. This rings especially true as our community works to navigate and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic.

As needs related to COVID-19 continued to rise for our community’s nonprofits, so did the need for personal protective equipment (PPE) to continue serving the community safely. This brought to light a major problem: a lack of funds to purchase supplies and a lack of access to suppliers and supplies. Through shared learnings from North Texas Cares application submissions from nonprofits, CFT and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas knew they had to quickly find a way to connect nonprofits with much-needed PPE so they could continue to safely focus on their missions.

CFT and United Way of Metropolitan Dallas had just partnered together on North Texas Cares and North Texas Giving Tuesday Now and were determined to collaborate again to offer PPE supplies – including KN95 masks, nitrile gloves, and hand sanitizer – to nonprofits addressing urgent needs magnified by COVID-19.

Trusted World, a global organization that connects supply with need and a United Way Social Innovation Accelerator Fellow, will manage the collection and distribution of PPE. Trusted World now hosts a simple online application where nonprofits who applied for North Texas Cares funding can request donated PPE and schedule a time to pick up supplies at Trusted World’s location in Garland.

Priority is given to social service organizations that provide financial assistance, food access, mental health, and clothing closets to the community, as well as nonprofits led by people of color supporting underserved communities. Additionally, nonprofits that do not qualify for free PPE through this partnership have the opportunity to purchase bulk PPE at a discounted rate.

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