A Message from Raj Patil, Chief Executive Officer
2020 was a challenging year for many of us. Millions of people around the world have been impacted by the deadly virus and ramifications of this global health crisis. I extend my deepest sympathies to anyone suffering from the effects of the pandemic, and my thoughts are with them.
For the holidays, and as we move into the new year, I am reminded that there is much to be grateful for. I’m fortunate to work with a dedicated team of associates who have demonstrated incredible resilience in supporting our clients and communities throughout the year.
Our team has done a tremendous job delivering transformational work for our clients. It’s because of their hard work our clients are better equipped to navigate and adapt their businesses to survive and thrive in today’s digital economy.
Above all else, I want to recognize the heroic efforts of the healthcare and frontline workers around the world who continue dedicating their lives to saving others. They have been an inspiration, and we can’t thank them enough for their contributions and commitment to keeping our families and neighbors safe and healthy.
It’s in that spirit that this holiday season Orion is supporting frontline workers and those hardest hit by the pandemic. We donated to Direct Relief and New York Cares in their COVID-19 relief efforts in New York City and across the globe.
Direct Relief COVID-19
Direct Relief is a humanitarian aid organization, active in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies.
Previously recognized by CNBC, Forbes and Charity Navigator, their assistance programs are tailored to the particular circumstances and needs of the world’s most vulnerable and at-risk populations.
In response to COVID-19, Direct Relief is working to distribute protective gear and medications to health workers. Since January, the organization has delivered over 30 million N95 and surgical masks, 7 million gloves, more than 1 million face shields, and protective suits to help safeguard workers.
As cases grow, Direct Relief focuses on delivering PPE, deploying medication, boosting support to safety-net facilities and collaborating with epidemiologists and other experts to use data in response to the virus. Learn more about Direct Relief’s Coronavirus efforts here.
New York Cares Response to COVID-19
New York Cares started in 1987 and is committed to providing year-round volunteer programs for New Yorkers in the following areas:
- Educating children, teens, and adults
- Serving those impacted by hunger and homelessness
- Health and wellness for seniors and other vulnerable groups
- Caring for public parks, community gardens, and green spaces
In response to COVID-19, New York Cares is running on-the-ground programs that focus on urgent needs, regularly enforcing safety requirements and guidelines for volunteers and nonprofit partners, shifting youth programs to remote, and partnering with the Department of Education to provide volunteer coordinated technology support to people living in temporary housing. Learn more here.