Vita Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Initiative
The Vita Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) initiative is in response to the emerging threat from the coronavirus epidemic. Vita partners provide direct services to members of the Stamford community that are or may be exposed to COVID-19. Yet, many of these organizations are running out of the PPEs that are vitally important to safe and responsible client contact.
Through the Vita PPE initiative you will be able to purchase a limited quantity of surgical and KN95 masks on behalf of an eligible organization to help keep them protected and able to serve our vulnerable neighbors.
Here are some features of the Vita PPE initiative that should help answer your questions:
Why: Address the personal protection needs of front line workers* who routinely care for residents experiencing the coronavirus epidemic. The intent is to ensure that those workers are adequately protected to minimize their risk in being exposed to the virus and, most importantly, furthering its spread into the healthy population.
*Front line workers are defined here as those interacting with the public through EMS, police, fire/rescue, food banks, nursing and congregate care facilities, health aides, clinics, homeless shelters, child care and other similar functions.
What: Create a self-replenishing supply of PPE, consisting of surgical masks, N95/KN95 respirators, gowns, shoe coverings and other similar products, made available to front line workers as needed to support safe work practices according to accepted standards.
- Criteria: Nonprofit and civil service agencies (Agency) fielding front line workers, as defined above, are eligible to receive PPE. Quantities per request (i.e. minimum and maximum) will be limited, as stated on Products page.
- Sponsorship: Agencies will engage a Sponsor who wishes to designate his/her tax exempt contribution to purchase a quantity of PPE on behalf of that agency. All PPE requests may be made by supplying information on the Request Form. Requests will be reviewed for consistency with program criteria. If accepted, Sponsor will be contacted for further information and/or with payment information.
- Supply: PPE availability is based upon current inventory, with quantities, types and costs as posted herein. All distribution will be on a first-come basis relative to chronology of eligible donations. Supply may be irregular, due to forces beyond our control. Not all items will be available at all times.
- Distribution: Delivery will be made to the designated Agency representative from a Stamford location (Distributor) based upon a notification provided, jointly, to Sponsor, Agency and Distributor.
**Note that, in the event of insufficient supply, any donations received will be retained until the desired supplies are next available or, upon request, will be promptly returned to Sponsor.