Cincinnati, OH (December 14, 2020) – bi3, Bethesda Inc.’s grantmaking initiative, has awarded $50,000 to Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati to support expanded virtual access to programs and services for people living with disabilities, veterans, and people facing economic disadvantages.
“COVID-19 has accelerated the need to bridge the digital divide between those who can afford technology and those who cannot, especially among people living with disabilities and people of color who have been disproportionately affected by the coronavirus pandemic,” said Pam Green, President and CEO of Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati. “Staying home is the safest choice right now, but without the technology to stay connected, many of the people we serve are at greater risk of feeling socially isolated and face greater challenges to access the services they rely on to increase their earning potential and to meet basic needs.”
bi3 sought proposals addressing health or social needs that impact health outcomes, particularly for people experiencing health disparities. The $50,000 grant award will help build Easterseals’ capacity, strengthen operations, and be better prepared to meet future needs.
“bi3’s investment in Easterseals affirms that digital technology can no longer be viewed as a luxury as businesses, schools, and agencies shift essential services to online platforms to protect customer and employee health,” Green said. “We look forward to expanding digital access to ensure the people we serve are able to maintain vital social connections and have the same opportunities to access online services as others in our community.”
“bi3 is dedicated to addressing health disparities,” said Jill Miller, President of Bethesda Inc. “During this unprecedented time, we feel it is essential to help community organizations like Easterseals with resources they need to ensure all citizens have access to services.”
This grant is part of a larger bi3 effort to invest in local nonprofits as they continue to adapt to provide services virtually amid the pandemic. Since 2010, bi3 has awarded nearly $50 million in grants to TriHealth and community-based organizations to fund innovative ideas to transform health and healthcare.
For a complete list of grant awards, visit bi3.org.
Easterseals Serving Greater Cincinnati is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and United Way Agency Partner that provides workforce development and support services for people living with disabilities, people facing economic disadvantages, and veterans and military families. Locally, Easterseals has a proven history in advancing diversity and inclusion in the community and workforce for more than 40 years. Easterseals operates two social enterprises: Building Value, a deconstruction business and retail outlet for salvaged construction materials based in Cincinnati, and Packaging and Fulfillment Centers specializing in packaging, bundling, and labeling goods for various industries. For more information, visit EastersealsGC.org.
bi3 is Bethesda Inc.’s grants initiative to transform health for all people in Greater Cincinnati. bi3 invests in innovative ideas with the ability to spark and scale new approaches to improving community health and healthcare. bi3 seeks to achieve health equity and reduce health disparities to ensure every person has equal opportunity to achieve their highest level of health and well-being. bi3’s creator Bethesda Inc. is a co-sponsor of TriHealth, a leading integrated healthcare delivery system in Greater Cincinnati.