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Media Contact: Kieren Weisert
The TASC Group
United Way of New York City Provides 3,000 Care Packages to MTA Employees
New York, NY – May 15, 2020: United Way of New York City (UWNYC) yesterday, May 14th, provided more than 3,000 food care packages to employees of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) in appreciation of their critical role supporting New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic. Packages are being distributed to essential, hard-working front-line teams across MTA maintenance shops, depots, stations and terminals, towers, and other locations across the system over the coming days. Packages were delivered to Corona Yard, Jamaica Yard, Coney Island Yard and 207th St. Yard and will be distributed to locations across MTA New York City Transit.
By ensuring emergency food providers and health care workers can stay on schedule in their work, New York City’s front-line transit workers not only play an essential role in the public health of the City, but many are also part of the same communities which need the most support now during COVID-19 with 70% of public transit employees being a person of color. These are communities that United Way of New York City has made a high priority in uplifting through the establishment of their COVID-19 Community Fund.
“United Way of New York City is proud to honor the service of the MTA to our City during this critical time. The core mission of United Way of New York City to support our City’s most vulnerable communities, both now and before COVID-19, would be virtually impossible without the contributions of the MTA,” said Sheena Wright, president and CEO of United Way of New York City. “New York City is America’s greatest transit city, and we all rely on the dedication and commitment of the MTA. Our transit workers deserve our assistance and appreciation now more than ever.”
To honor and show support to a family of MTA workers who both heavily contribute to the City’s recovery efforts and who have also been heavily affected by COVID-19. UWNYC convened a group of corporate partners to support this effort: Driscoll Foods, Amazon and Starbucks. UWNYC worked closely with the New York Chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTONY) on this effort.
Driscoll Foods, a long-time food service partner and tireless supporter of UWNYC’s work to support the City’s emergency food programs, curated the food for, assembled and delivered the care packages. Funding for the care packages’ food items was provided by Amazon. As part of this effort to honor our transit workers, Starbucks also provided 4,000 beverages which were delivered last week.
“We want to thank United Way of New York City and the New York Chapter of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials for their commitment to honoring the important work of the MTA’s employees during this crisis,” said MTA Chief Safety Officer Patrick Warren. “We greatly appreciate this thoughtful recognition of our team’s critical contributions in supporting other frontline heroes.”
“Among the many initiatives that COMTONY engages in, we are dedicated to our community service efforts so we deeply appreciate the work of United Way of New York City not only to honor our frontline MTA Heroes but to show a collective recognition for their sacrifices during this pandemic.” said Albert Culler, Vice President of Subways of the New York Chapter of Conference of Minority Transportation Officials.
“Minority communities have been impacted the most but have also stood up in tremendous ways to support NYC during COVID-19. Many MTA employees are representative of (connected) minority communities and we must support them in the weeks and months ahead. We appreciate the opportunity to collaborate with UWNYC and their corporate partners not only to honor our frontline employees but also to support communities of color throughout the region,” said Richard Watson, President of the New York Chapter of Conference of Minority Transportation Officials.
Photo/video assets from the delivery are available here.
Media inquiries for United Way of New York City can be made by contacting Kieren Weisert at email@example.com or at (606) 304-9278.
About United Way of New York City
United Way of New York City (UWNYC) works for the self-sufficiency of every low-income New Yorker by taking on the toughest challenges and creating new solutions to old problems. We win by helping families shift from barely surviving to thriving. We unite by mobilizing the best ideas, relevant data, internal and external experts, and resources—from money to manpower. UWNYC maximizes it by coordinating and aligning organizations, companies, local government, and New Yorkers to help families eliminate tough choices and live better while making ends meet. To learn more, visit: www.unitedwaynyc.org.
About the Metropolitan Transportation Authority
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is North America’s largest transportation network, serving a population of 15.3 million people in the 5,000-square-mile area fanning out from New York City through Long Island, southeastern New York State, and Connecticut. The MTA network has the nation’s largest bus fleet and more subway and commuter rail cars than all other U.S. transit systems combined. It provides around 2.6 billion trips each year, accounting for about one-third of the nation’s mass transit users and two-thirds of its commuter rail passengers. MTA Bridges and Tunnels, which recorded a record 329 million crossings in 2019, carries more vehicles than any other bridge and tunnel authority in the nation.
About the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials
The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) is the leading national advocate for employment diversity, inclusion and contracting opportunities in the multi-modal, multi-billion-dollar transportation industry. Our mission is to ensure opportunities and maximum participation in the transportation industry for minority individuals, veterans, people with disabilities and certified MWDBE businesses through leadership training, professional development, scholarship and internship funding, political advocacy, partnership building and networking opportunities.