Grass Roots Effort Grows into Community Support

Practicing social distancing with some of the donated masks and gloves are Marc (c.) with the city of Long Branch's Carl Jennings and Gloria Wright.

May 28, 2020

Note: The information and photos were submitted prior to implementing COVID-19 preventive measures including social distancing.

In response to COVID-19, the need for masks, gloves and other personal protective equipment (PPE) continues – especially for the health care industry and first responders. And, many people have come to the rescue with donations and fundraisers to help purchase supplies.

The Jersey Central Power & Light (JCP&L) chapter of our MOSaic Employee Business Resource Group (EBRG) wanted to help support the need for PPE – but on a different level.

“We looked to provide masks and gloves to those who may not be as fortunate as others due to lack of finances, transportation and other resources,” said Marc Turpin, Utility Construction & Maintenance-Substations and MOSaic vice chair. “Helping people in the community protect themselves from COVID-19 also could possibly reduce the strain on the health care system.”

Marc presented the idea to MOSaic members, and everyone was onboard. Using a cash app where donors could make direct contributions, the group collected $1,235 from JCP&L employees, which allowed them to purchase 500 masks and 2,000 gloves.

MOSaic donated the items to the city of Long Branch. They were distributed to senior residents of the city’s housing authority.

“I’m so proud of what we accomplished with this fundraiser. I believe we have to start in the community to make a difference on a larger scale,” said Marc. “I also believe that adversity reveals character and these challenging times have shown that people are demonstrating a willingness and selflessness in helping those in need. I want to thank everyone who helped with this effort. Teamwork makes dreams work.”