Longview, Texas – In support of continued COVID-19 pandemic relief efforts, Eastman Foundation awarded a grant of $125,000 to CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Foundation for the COVID-19 Vaccine Hub Clinic.
In January, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System was named a COVID-19 Vaccination Hub by the State of Texas to serve Gregg County. The Hub Clinic is in partnership with Gregg County, the State of Texas and City of Longview, and together they launched the community-wide My Shot Now campaign to vaccinate as many eligible East Texans as possible. Since opening on Saturday, January 30, the free weekly clinic has administered more than 45,000 doses of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. CHRISTUS Good Shepherd and Gregg County officials expect to continue receiving regular, weekly vaccine allocations from the state for the foreseeable future.
“We are completely humbled by Eastman’s generosity,” said Todd Hancock, CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Health System President and CEO. “Establishing our vaccine hub was an enormous step forward in the fight against COVID-19 and along our community’s return to normal life. Eastman Foundation’s support will go a long way to continuing the important work of the Vaccine Hub Clinic and our goal to vaccinate as many East Texans as quickly and safely as possible.”
The donation to CHRISTUS Good Shepherd Foundation for the vaccine hub is part of a commitment by Eastman Foundation to contribute $1 million toward supporting global relief efforts in 2021 as organizations continue to work through the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in their communities.
The $1 million commitment by the Foundation this year will provide funding to human and social service organizations in Eastman’s site communities that provide basic needs and services for the most vulnerable and underserved populations. These are organizations established to improve public health, safety and economic conditions for their communities by providing food, housing, childcare and health and educational support increasingly needed during the pandemic. Eastman’s COVID grants aim to address the growing gap between the need for those essential resources and the capacity of communities to meet those needs.
“While the pandemic has created significant hardships within our community, we remain optimistic that brighter days are ahead of us,” said Andrew Coggins, Eastman Longview site manager. “The CHRISTUS vaccine hub is a tremendous local resource for our community and our employees. Eastman takes great pride in actively supporting our surrounding communities and many of our employees are committed volunteers in local organizations to give back to the area where we live and work. We are proud to be part of the solution as we continue to fight COVID-19 in East Texas.”
In 2020, Eastman Foundation provided $1 million in funding to organizations for food, shelter, medical supplies and personal protective equipment for frontline workers. Helping communities flatten the infection-rate curve was a priority. One year later, Eastman is focused on flattening the resource-needs curve to help families and communities minimize the social and economic upheaval of their daily lives due to the pandemic.