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3M Tackles COVID-19 Pandemic with Global Response

Around the world, 3M is helping communities respond, recover, and rebuild in response to COVID-19. 

Putting families and communities first, 3M and the 3M Foundation have donated over $5 million to United Way’s COVID-19 Community Response and Recovery Fund to provide critical resources, including food, shelter and rent assistance to vulnerable populations around the world.  

In Central Texas, 3M’s donation is helping combat food insecurity by supporting organizations like Central Texas Food Bank, Go Austin/Vamos Austin and Sunrise Homeless Navigation Center, which are providing meals and food distribution to families and individuals in need.  

Funding to the Greater Twin Cities region is supporting organizations that primarily serve several minority communities. In Latin America, 120,000 people and over 4,800 families have received nutrition and hygiene and educational and emotional support. 

 “Since the outbreak began, 3M has addressed the COVID-19 pandemic from all angles and across all stakeholders, and this includes supporting our community partners around the world,” said 3M Chairman and CEO Mike Roman. “It’s important that 3M holds true to its core values during this crisis by supporting our communities.” 

Many 3M employees are also part of the fight against COVID-19. In Aberdeen, South Dakota, many of the 650 3Mers have been working overtime to help produce N95 respirators for hospitals and healthcare practices on the frontlines of the pandemic. And it hasn’t gone unnoticed.  

“It’s a sense of pride for our community that 3M employees are on the front lines helping combat this pandemic,” explained Aaron Schultz, Executive Director, United Way of Northeastern South Dakota. “Of course, we honor our first responders and medical personnel,” said Schultz, “but for our community it’s also the 3Mers.”