WHIPPANY, N.J.– Bayer Fund, a philanthropic arm of life sciences company Bayer, today awarded a $25,000 grant to the Township of Hanover Fire District No. 3. The donation comes as part of Bayer’s unveiling of a new sign in front of the company’s U.S. headquarters dedicated to its employees who have worked throughout the pandemic crisis.
The grant, which is earmarked for COVID-19 relief, will be used by the fire district to purchase a Fit-Tester Respiratory Protection Machine that will be used by all emergency services branches to train for and better respond to COVID-related situations.
“Just as communities across our nation have seen an increase in need this year for food donations, programming or other essential needs, the coronavirus pandemic has ushered in a host of additional challenges that require funding to tackle,” said Al Mitchell, President of Bayer Fund. “We’re proud to support the communities Bayer calls home by providing resources to help address these additional needs, allowing them to better serve citizens in need.”
The coordination of this grant with the unveiling and dedication of the new and improved Bayer sign on Whippany Road sends an important message to employees and the community, noted Raymond F. Kerins, Jr., SVP and New Jersey Site Leader for Bayer in the U.S.
“The dedication of this new sign to our employees who have worked diligently through this crisis, together with Bayer Fund’s $25,000 donation, demonstrates our commitment both to our team and to our community heroes in emergency services,” Kerins said. “What we want the Township of Hanover to know is that Bayer is right by your side, and we will continue to stand with you as all of us continue to meet and overcome the challenges associated with the pandemic.”
The $25,000 donation is the latest that the Hanover Township has received through Bayer Fund.
“On behalf of the governing body, I would like to thank Bayer and Bayer Fund once again for supporting the Hanover Township community in meaningful ways that enhance our quality of life and provide assistance to our first responders in staying safe,” said Hanover Township Mayor John L. Ferramosca.
Bayer Fund this year has designated $2 million for support related to COVID-19 relief, with the first $710,000 awarded to address food insecurity within the greater St. Louis, New York, New Jersey, Pittsburgh and Berkeley, Calif. regions.