At Vaseline® we believe all people should have equal access to care – for their wellbeing and their lives. In this current crisis, we want to continue to do the same. But while everyone has been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic, the effects of COVID-19 have hit Black and LatinX communities especially hard – in part due to unequal access to quality medical care.
Vaseline is taking action. Since 2015, in partnership with Direct Relief, we have been helping those in need get access to the care they deserve. We help support a critical safety net of nonprofit health centers and clinics. These facilities provide affordable, comprehensive, and culturally competent health services to more than 30 million of the country's most vulnerable residents – over 53 percent of whom are members of Black and LatinX communities hit hardest by the pandemic.
Since March, Vaseline has donated over $606K worth of products to Direct Relief’s partner network of 5,000 community health centers and free & charitable clinic sites around the U.S. to protect and care for medical staff and patients. Following this immediate response, Vaseline donated over $1 million to Direct Relief’s COVID-19 Fund for Community Health, which has supported 518 health centers across the country, including those located in predominately Black and LatinX communities, that have seen some of the highest COVID-19 fatality rates.
Vaseline understands that the root of these negative health outcomes is systemic racism. Racial bias and institutional inequality are ongoing issues that Black people, and all people of color, continue to face, and Vaseline is taking action. To provide immediate support in ending discrimination, specifically that directed towards Black people in this country, Vaseline is donating $100,000 to organizations fighting racial injustice.