NECINA's Fight Against COVID-19
Following our March fundraising efforts and with the help of our members and volunteers, NECINA quickly mobilized to purchase and deliver 57 cases totaling 1300 personal protective equipment (PPEs) to the following Massachusetts hospitals identified as most urgently in need:
- Tufts Medical Center
- Mass General Hospital
- Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Floating Children’s Hospital
- Cape Cod Healthcare
PPE procurement has become very difficult during this unprecedented time and NECINA initially worried that a combination of insufficient resources and lack of medical procurement expertise may prohibit us from delivering PPEs directly to hospitals. However, with the dedication of our team members and volunteers, NECINA overcame these hurdles in just five days and independently delivered PPE donations without the need for a third-party to fulfill our donations with our fundraising.
On April 24th, we began a second round of PPE deliveries, this time to the UMass Memorial HealthAlliance - Clinton Hospital in Leominster Massachusetts. In our delivery to Clinton Hospital, over 1100 pieces of PPE were donated, including coveralls, boot covers, N95, and surgical masks.
The logical challenge behind delivering such volumes of PPE was not trivial. NECINA president Harry Gao, collected PPE donations from NECINA member Allen Hu, and delivered the boxes to NECINA board member John Wang, who consolidated donations for this delivery from both Allen and NECINA’s PPE supplier Nathan.
NECINA president Harry Gao packing the PPE donated by member Allen Hu.
NECINA president Harry Gao transferring Allen’s donation to NECINA board member John Wang for consolidating donations for delivery.
NECINA Vice President Attorney Connie Dai and friend Nathan (also PPE supplier) making final delivery of donations to Clinton Hospital in Leominster.
Our members and volunteers tirelessly worked through pouring rain to execute this latest delivery smoothly and efficiently. NECINA is preparing more rounds of PPE deliveries and our aggregated fundraising for the COVID-19 donation campaign has exceeded $60,000 as of April 24th with over $32,000 of PPE donations already fulfilled.
In addition to PPE donations, NECINA is actively organizing to donate lunches to frontline medical workers at local hospitals. If you would like to help our continuing fight against COVID-19, please kindly consider donating to NECINA through one of the following ways:
- Paypal at master.NECINA@gmail.com
- Check payable to “NECINA” and mailed to: Joan Ni, 396 Washington St., #318, Wellesley, MA 02481
To show our appreciation, NECINA have adopted following temporary rule of NECINA membership during this campaign:we will honor 1 year of free membership to anyone who donated $50 or more; 3 years of membership who donated $100 or more; lifetime membership to anyone who donated $200 or more.
If you have any questions, please reach out to NECINA president Harry Gao at: firstname.lastname@example.org
We extend special thanks to the following groups of NECINA members, volunteers, and friends:
The NECINA board, NECINA board member John Wang, and NECINA president Harry Gao for navigating the complexity and challenges of looking for PPE vendors, ordering medical supplies, contacting hospitals, and managing deliveries, all of which dramatically exceeding the initial difficulty estimated by the NECINA team.
NECINA officer Jackie Yang for the tedious and time-consuming task of contacting each local hospital and identifying their specific needs, and for working with NECINA board member Chi Shue to isolate Tufts Medical Center, Mass General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Floating Children’s Hospital, and Cape Cod Healthcare as the first five local hospitals most urgently in need of PPE for our first round of donations.
NECINA board member Jenny Chen, general manager Joan Ni, and legal council Connie Dai for working in conjunction with Harry Gao to devise a process where NECINA can directly affect its donations to local hospitals as opposed to just fundraising while relying upon other communities to order and deliver the PPEs.