Boston, MA – April 23, 2020 – Longroad Energy announced today a multi-pronged charitable donation to support and encourage COVID-19 relief efforts. The company has contributed a total of $100,000 to three local funds and one national charitable organization and has established an employee match program of up to $50,000 to amplify the donation of its team members.
“COVID-19 is having a devastating impact on the communities in which we live and work,” said Paul Gaynor, CEO of Longroad Energy. “We feel a deep responsibility to do our part to help support those who are directly impacted in this crisis – frontline healthcare workers, affected patients without insurance, and families and individuals in need and food insecure. We have chosen carefully the organizations we are supporting and applaud their efforts to help the most vulnerable among us.”
In keeping with Longroad’s values of engaging responsibly with its communities, the company has targeted non-profit organizations and funds in cities where it has offices: Boston, San Francisco and Portland ME. Longroad has made a $25,000 donation to each regionally-focused fund, and also is supporting national relief efforts with a donation to the American Red Cross. Specifically, it has contributed to:
Boston: Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund
The fund is working to understand the response and relief landscape locally and statewide in order to strategically fill in where gaps are pronounced. Its mission is to ensure essential needs are understood in real time and provide resources for interventions that are effective and impactful. The fund helps:
- Frontline healthcare professionals, first responders, and other essential workers.
- Working families and households disproportionately affected by the impact of COVID-19.
- Immigrant and undocumented populations.
- People who are food insecure.
- People with disabilities.
- Homeless populations.
San Francisco: Univ. of California, San Francisco (UCSF) COVID-19 Response Fund
UCSF’s hospitals, clinics, and research labs are actively responding to the pandemic. Its fund addresses the needs of patients and caregivers impacted by COVID-19, and to support emerging areas of greatest need, such as:
- Expanding diagnostic and testing capacity.
- Covering extended staff time and benefits for healthcare providers working directly on the crisis.
- Addressing expenses of exposed patients who are not covered by insurance.
- Ensuring necessary housing for patients and equipment for healthcare workers.
Portland, ME: Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine
Good Shepherd Food Bank and its network of 450+ agency partners, including food pantries and meal sites, is the largest hunger-relief organization in Maine. It is focusing on:
- Purchasing food and distributing it at no cost to ensure supply in a time when food donations are lagging demand.
- Hiring temporary staff to work in its warehouses and supporting its essential employees with hazard pay.
- Support food pantries and other hunger-relief partners with grants to help them cover their emergency operating expenses.
National: American Red Cross
Red Cross volunteers and staff work to deliver vital services, providing relief and support to those in crisis. Donations will help to:
- Ensure a sufficient supply of blood to help patients in need and prevent any shortages.
- Ensure that, due to this Coronavirus outbreak, that it is able to provide critical relief services to people affected by disasters big and small.
Additionally, as Longroad’s more than 110 employees consider their own charitable giving commitments, the company is offering a 100% match, up to $50,000 in total for all team member donations. Longroad will match donations made to the above organizations or to other COVID-19 relief groups that employees identify.
About Longroad Energy Holdings, LLC
Longroad Energy Holdings, LLC is focused on renewable energy project development, operating assets, and services. Today, Longroad owns 1.1 GW of operational and under construction wind and solar projects across the United States. Its services affiliate, Longroad Energy Services, operates and manages 2.6 GW in total comprised of these projects plus 1.5 GW of wind and solar projects on behalf of third parties. Longroad is owned by the New Zealand Superannuation Fund, Infratil Limited, and Longroad’s management team.