Greetings from the ENA Foundation Board of Trustees.
We wanted to provide you with an update regarding the COVID-19 Relief Fund Grants. In addition to the $200,000 seed grant provided by the Foundation, we have raised more than $68,000 in additional donations. We are grateful to our corporate and individual donors for their generosity in this time of need.
With the seed grant and the generous donations, we have been able to provide 374 relief grants to 374 ENA members. These grant recipients represent members from 40 states and also include 3 international members. Relief grants have been an important source of support for our nurses during these challenging times as illustrated in the testimonials from grant recipients:
“I am a single parent of 4 children. I have been having trouble paying my medical bills and my daughters medical bills because of my loss of income.”
“I just want to keep on top of this because I am worried about PTSD after all is said and done. I am just constantly worried about being away from family, them getting sick, supporting them and taking care of my patients”
“I feel very anxious and undervalued as an ER nurse, especially during a time like this. I really appreciate the support that ENA is striving to provide it's members. Thank you.”
There are remaining funds available for additional grants. We encourage you to share this information with your state and chapter members, encouraging them to apply if they are experiencing financial impact from the pandemic.
We also encourage you to consider donating to the fund, either as a state council or as individuals. As you are well aware, the virus is now affecting areas that were previously relatively unaffected and we do not see the need for these grants diminishing in the near future. Donations can be made by credit card at https://www.enatogether.org/ or checks may be sent to ENA Foundation at 930 E. Woodfield Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173.
Again, thank you for supporting the Foundation throughout the year and we hope you enjoy the rest of our summer.
Jackie Taylor-Wynkoop RN,MSN, PHRN, FAEN