Over the last several months, BMC helped organizations in the region procure much needed personal protection equipment (PPE), including masks, gloves, cleaning supplies and more. Through a cooperative purchasing agreement offered by BMC and W.B. Mason, local groups have gained access to affordable PPE when they needed it most.
In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, many nonprofits remained open – or were struggling to re-open. Several faced both unplanned costs to purchase necessary supplies and equipment, as well as trouble locating available products.
Utilizing CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds from Anne Arundel County, Arundel Community Development Services (ACDS) was able to order supplies accessed through BMC’s cooperative purchasing program to fulfill the needs of 20 nonprofit service providers in the county. Orders ranged from cleaning products, sanitizers, and masks to gloves and disposable thermometer covers.
“Community-based nonprofits are on the front lines of serving our most vulnerable residents every day,” said Steuart Pittman, Anne Arundel County Executive. “I’m proud of our partners at BMC and ACDS for connecting these organizations to the resources they need in order to continue their essential missions.”
Several local groups reported experiencing supply shortages when shopping for PPE. Many were grateful for the assistance, including the Boys & Girls Club of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County.
“In a world of ‘back orders’ and ‘out of stock’ we can't begin to tell you how amazing it was to be contacted by ACDS about PPE so that we can prepare to reopen safely,“ said Jennifer Logratteria, Boys & Girls Club of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County Development Director. “With so many roadblocks in our path as we navigate these unprecedented times, thank you for being a beacon of light for our Clubs and our county's youth.”
The Housing Authority of the City of Annapolis also utilized the contract to buy masks for their residents.