Deloitte Cayman staff and partners raise US$50,000 for community response to COVID-19
George Town, Cayman Islands – April 2, 2020
Deloitte staff and partners are pleased to announce that they have made a US$50,000 donation to help established charitable organisations, Meals on Wheels and Feed Our Future, continue to feed and serve at-risk members of our community. The firm donated US$25,000 to each charity on April 1st, after concluding an internal fundraising effort which was supported by staff and partners.
In collaboration with the Cayman Islands Government Department of Education Services and Community partners, Feed Our Future focuses on advocating for and supporting at-risk children in the Cayman Islands. Their efforts cover a currently growing number of children (260 as of April 1st) through meal deliveries, supermarket vouchers, and distribution of care packages. In addition, other FOF community partners such as Kiwanis Clubs have also taken on a large number of children.
Stacey VanDevelde, Chair of Feed Our Future, commented “On behalf of the numerous children and families in the Cayman Islands that rely on us we are thankful for our generous friends and supporters in the Deloitte community that are helping us to carry out our work and ease the threat of hunger due to school closures because of the Coronavirus. With your support and the untiring work and commitment of our partners in the Department of Education and Schools throughout the Cayman Islands, we are hard at work to meet the hurried and great need of continuing to ensure children access the food they need to thrive and especially to stay well at this time! Above your kind donations, we urge all to stay at home as much as possible so that we can do our part to reduce this serious threat.”
Meals On Wheels provides free, nutritious meals to an also increasing collective of 330 seniors, homebound and disabled members of the community. Jennifer Weber, General Manager at MOW stated they are committed to providing hot food and supplemental groceries for their clients during this pandemic and the funds will help ensure that this will happen. She also highlighted they deliver more than just a meal, they deliver smiles, provide social connections and generally check in on our seniors. The ways in which they connect with their beneficiaries has shifted with the current social distancing, from in-person to over the phone. Any member of the community wishing to take part in this initiative should contact MOW for more information.
“On behalf of the Board, staff and stakeholders of Meals on Wheels, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for your generous donation to Meals on Wheels! Your donation will help us to provide 4,100 meals to the 330 seniors, homebound, disabled and other vulnerable members of the community that we are currently serving hot meals to each day. During these uncertain times we had to wonder if we could provide our meals as usual since we rely heavily on the contribution of individuals and companies who are community minded like Deloitte” she added about Deloitte’s donation
Stu Sybersma, Managing Partner of Deloitte noted “We recognize the increased strain on available resources in our community during this unprecedented time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people are suddenly unemployed or affected in some way by the crisis. We want to assist those less fortunate, and, in particular, the most vulnerable members of our society, the elderly and children. We are proud of our staff and partners for their generous and immediate support of this initiative, which we hope will help make a significant difference for these charities and the people they are dedicated to supporting. We also wish to thank the many individuals who are working tirelessly behind the scenes to carry out the important work being done by these and other charities to get assistance to those in need. Together, we can all make an impact that matters in our community.
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