COVID-19 Relief Joint Effort
As of Sunday (May 4th) midnight, more than 68,000 people in the U.S. have died from COVID-19 and almost 1,186,000 people in the U.S. have been infected. This exponential growth in both infected cases and deaths are straining the supply of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health care workers across the nation. Some of them are forced to wear bandanas and scarves for masks, trash bags for gowns, and reuse all sorts of medical equipment.
We are a group of Asian Americans and Immigrants from the Bay Area, gathered to solicit funds from companies and communities, use them to purchase PPE from credible sources worldwide, and donate them to healthcare professionals that are in need. We believe we need to protect our health care workers as they are confronting the rise in COVID-19 cases and saving lives. The PPE shortage could make it harder to flatten the curve of new cases if our front-line health care workers don’t feel safe or get infected. We have so far donated ~30K PPE (25,050 surgical masks, 675 coveralls, 100 face shields, 1,800 isolation gowns, 1,370 shoe covers, and 170 bouffants) to health care workers in Bay Area, New York, Detroit, and Los Angeles, including using $13K Product Pub has raised so far. We are in the process of purchasing another ~$86K (raised via GoFundMe through our partnership with donatePPE.org) worth of PPE to donate soon.
Our current strategy includes the following:
Fundraise through our networks in both academic and industry;
Source and validate PPE suppliers, and develop a logistic solution to purchase and ship PPE from China to US via the help of volunteers within the Alibaba B2B business unit;
Distribute PPE to the hands of the front-line health care workers via partnership with donatePPE.org (featured in New York Times and Forbes).
If you are interested in becoming our donors, please click the button below to donate through Product Pub’s website. We can provide donation receipts and we are also registered at Benevity for company donation matches. If you are interested in donating a large sum, please donate to CMAIN (Chinese Mutual Aid International Network).
Volunteers from (alphabetically ordered)
Alibaba B2B unit volunteers
Stanford Family & Friends
Introduction of Involved Groups
Product Pub is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization to empower professionals with global perspectives and product minds. Product Pub organizes bi-weekly product salons since July 2018. The in-depth 3-hour discussion covers themes including trending industries, product methodologies, product teardowns, product professional skills and so forth. These salons have received rave reviews and retention as high as 100%. The event format varies from roundtable discussions, debates, workshops, pitches, conferences and many others.
Product Pub has built a community of hundreds of members, including product managers, engineers, designers, researchers, data scientists, entrepreneurs and others. Members come from leading tech companies and startups in Bay Area, including Google, Facebook, Yahoo, Airbnb, Pinterest, Lyft, Apple, Ebay, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Uber, Salesforce, Cisco, Adobe, Oracle, Wish, JD, Alibaba, Bytedance, Cruise, Rokid and many others.
Donate PPE was formed in March 2020 in emergency response to the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers facing COVID-19. Founder Deyu Kong, an engineer from the Bay Area, partnered with Dr. Karen Tsai from Los Angeles to organize a team of over 30 volunteers whose mission is to connect communities with spare protective gear like masks, gloves, gowns, sanitizer, and more to hospitals that need them most.
Donate PPE’s hospital database makes it easy for hospitals and healthcare workers to enter the exact protective equipment they need. Donors can search the database by location to deliver equipment efficiently. In less than two weeks DonatePPE has connected over 100,000 PPE articles with healthcare workers across the United States.
Donate PPE is partnering with corporate donors like Ford Motor Company, Flexport, Citizens of Humanity, and NIO-US to source and distribute supplies of PPE across hard hit areas such as New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans, and the Bay Area.
Can you provide a donation receipt to request tax deduction?
Yes, Product Pub is registered as a 501(c)(3) non-profit org. You could request a donation receipt by filling the following form before you donate.
Can I request a company match for my donations to your organization?
Yes, Product Pub is also registered with Benevity. And hence if your company runs a Benevity-powered workplace giving program, your donation can be matched by your company. Please donate to Product Pub via your company’s internal donation program to activate the donation match.