CARES Act money provides thousands of dollars in PPE for Palm Beach County organizations

Essential workers benefitting from new supplies
Posted at 6:53 PM, Jan 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-27 19:24:41-05

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — The shelves are stocked with personal protective equipment at Clinics Can Help.

Owen O'Neill is the CEO of the organization located in West Palm Beach.

"The county used CARES Act money to help United Way purchase $350,000 of PPE. There's a lot of face masks -- a lot for children and adults. A lot of hand sanitizer for surfaces, even paper towels to clean those surfaces."

At the organization are thousands of bottles of hand sanitizer, 500 boxes of gloves, more then 8,600 cans of sanitizing spray and 400 thermometers.

Owen O'Neill, CEO of Clinics Can Help
Owen O'Neill, the CEO of Clinics Can Help, said CARES Act money helped purchased much-needed PPE for organizations like United Way.

"We are talking over 100,000 face masks," O'Neill said. "The United Way is definitely concerned about the health of our community and I am proud to say Clinics Can Help serves the community by providing medical equipment and supplies for people's health and well-being."

O'Neill said one of the organizations that directly received some of those supplies is Adopt-A-Family of the Palm Beaches.

CEO Matt Constantine said the supplies are vital for their workers.

"We have a lot of employees that we consider essential that have to come into work. We operate housing programs, and we do a lot of work with families that experiencing homelessness. These types of items they are almost impossible to get," O'Neill said.