PARAMUS, N.J. — SUEZ Water Technologies and Solutions and SUEZ North America will donate $1.75 million to charities on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic including food pantries, health care facilities, United Way, and other Covid-19 emergency response organizations.

SUEZ provides water and waste management solutions that enable cities and industries to optimize resource management. The company provides drinking water, wastewater treatment and waste collection services to communities across the United States and Canada.  

In a press release sent to news media on Tuesday, Nadine Leslie, chief executive officer of SUEZ North America, said the company was redirecting their philanthropic focus given the current pandemic from major environmental initiatives to helping charitable organizations on the front lines who require “immediate, substantial and sustained assistance.”

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“We feel it is necessary to do our part to help people in the many communities in which we live and work,” said Yuvbir Singh, Chief Executive Officer of SUEZ Water Technologies and Solutions. “We recognize the many brave people who are tirelessly and selflessly performing heroic measures each day to fight this pandemic, and we hope that our actions can provide relief during this unprecedented crisis.”  

“This virus has had a huge impact on our society and we cannot be idle as an organization when so many people, many of whom have dedicated their lives to helping others, now need our help,” said Leslie. 

SUEZ has earmarked $650,000 to United Way, a nonprofit engaged in nearly 1,800 communities across more than 40 countries around the globe and dedicated to creating community-led solutions that strengthen education, financial stability and health — the cornerstones for a good quality of life. The monies will help prevent homelessness for families struggling during the current health crisis, in addition to goods and services and crisis intervention training for first responders with focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.

A half-million will go to Feeding America, a hunger relief organization, to provide emergency support to help member food banks respond to significant increases, and helping food-insecure families targeting communities in which SUEZ operates. 

Another $600,000 will be donated to local public health organizations in both the United States and Canada to address health needs related to Covid-19. Grant funding will be provided to finance innovative research on the potentially deadly virus and lessen health disparities for patients in need, particularly those in underserved communities.

Finally, $10,000 will go towards the purchase of protective masks from its operations to local hospital systems in communities SUEZ serves.   

“We will never turn away from our mission of helping sustain our planet,” said Singh. “However, we are facing an extraordinary situation, and we need to do all we an to ensure that those organizations on the front lines have the financial support they require to help others in need.”