Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits' Poll Shows Nearly 50% Nonprofits Statewide Need (PPE) Personal Protective Equipment
By Lisa Padilla -
Thursday Sep 03, 2020
A recent Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits survey to gauge the need among nonprofit agencies statewide for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) shows that nearly 50% (49.9%) have no disinfectant sprays or wipes and just over 25% have no access to thermometers.
More than 50% of respondents serve elderly communities, which are known to be at higher risk of more serious Covid-19 complications.
Most respondents indicated they need face shields and disposable masks but have enough reusable masks, hand soap and hand sanitizer. Bleach, gowns and hepa/air filters are among much-needed items, according to the poll, along with rapid testing for workers.
Cost and availability of items are the most-cited obstacles for organizations trying to obtain most of their needed items.
All respondents indicated that their organization would need more than 125 disposable masks, reusable masks, gloves, disinfectant wipes, disinfectant sprays and thermometers to use through the end of 2020.
Nearly 75% (74.13%) of respondents serve Maricopa and Pima Counties, and 22.38% of respondents serve the entire state of Arizona.
“As nonprofit organizations push forward on their respective missions to provide critical services and resources to communities all over the state at a time of unprecedented challenges, they are doing all they can to ensure the protection, health and safety of their staff and volunteers,” said Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits Chief Executive Officer Kristen Merrifield. “It is vital that we, as citizens of Arizona and residents of those communities, support them either through donations of money or, if possible, the PPE many of them so desperately need.”
About the Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits
The Alliance of Arizona Nonprofits is a statewide trusted resource and advocate for the nonprofit community. The Alliance’s mission is to unite, strengthen and advance Arizona’s nonprofit sector and is comprised of more than 1,000 members – both nonprofits and those in the community who support them – across the state. Since 2004, the organization has been dedicated to furthering the common interests of Arizona’s nonprofit community and envisions an Arizona where all nonprofits are valued, empowered and thriving, with support from grassroots efforts like Arizona Gives Day. For more information, visit http://www.arizonanonprofits.org, or email [email protected].