Partnership Receives Truist Foundation Grant
The Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children is excited to announce it has received a $10,000 grant from the Truist Foundation. This grant allows the Partnership to fund the purchase of cleaning supplies for facilities that remained open for essential employees during the height of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
“Many of our local child care providers have been working behind the scenes for several months to provide care for the children of essential employees like nurses, food service workers, law enforcement and first responders, and more,” said Partnership Executive Director Sharon Cooper. “Unfortunately, finding cleaning supplies in the quantities that they needed was a struggle. The generous support by the Truist Foundation helped us provide these supplies free of charge to more than 90 facilities in Martin and Pitt Counties.”
In March, the Partnership posted on Facebook looking for donations of cleaning supplies and other essentials, as well as resources for purchasing items in bulk. Traye Briley with East Coast Coffee Distributors reached out immediately and was able to help the Partnership purchase antibacterial soap, toilet paper, paper towels, bleach, and gloves to distribute. In addition, the Partnership also purchased reusable masks for every employee at the facilities.
The Truist Foundation, the product of a merger between SunTrust and BB&T, provides grant support to nonprofit organizations focusing on four areas:
- Leadership development
- Economic mobility
- Thriving communities
- Educational equity
Across the country, child care providers are some of the lowest-paid workers. As businesses begin to reopen, it’s more important than ever to support the child care facilities that will be providing care to parents and caregivers returning to work. Unfortunately, several facilities in eastern North Carolina, as well as across the state, were forced to close during the pandemic. Advocating for assistance for these facilities as they reopen is essential to ensuring parents and caregivers searching for employment will have the resources they need to return to work.
Productivity for Parents and Caregivers
Research shows that when parents feel confident their child is receiving quality care while they are at work, it has a major impact on their happiness and productivity. A lack of high-quality, affordable child care will have a drastic negative impact on our community’s unemployment rate and impede our ability to recover from the economic impact of COVID-19.
“When we support child care providers, we’re supporting children, families, businesses, and more throughout our community,” said Cooper. “Now more than ever, it’s essential that we work together for these children.”
Parents and caregivers searching for child care options can call the North Carolina child care hotline at 1-888-600-1685, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For resources offered to child care facilities, please call the Partnership at 252-758-8885.
The Martin-Pitt Partnership for Children is a Smart Start-affiliated 501(3)(c) non-profit that funds programs in early literacy, quality early child care and learning, assistance finding child care services, parent and family support, and health care in Martin and Pitt counties during the first 2,000 days of a child’s life.