At a time when more than 300 million Americans are sheltering in place, GE Appliances has an essential mission: helping families live in clean and sanitary environments at home. Our appliances play a critical role in ensuring that Americans can store foods and medicines, make meals for their families, and fight germs on their clothes and dishes.
While continuing to provide these services is essential, promoting the health and safety of our employees is our number one priority. We took unprecedented steps to modify our factories and how work is done in them to align with CDC guidelines, rolled out safeguards, including temperature screening for every person entering a GEA manufacturing facility, and overhauled the cleaning and sanitization process in our facilities. We also mandated that every employee who can do their jobs remotely work from home and implemented new measures to protect our Factory Service technicians and delivery agents.
GE Appliances is also banding together with our communities. We recently announced the program GEA4Heroes through which—in partnership with United Way Worldwide—a significant portion of the products made during the first two weeks of April will be donated to healthcare and first responder professionals in need. We donated more than 120,000 masks and 100,000 gloves to healthcare facilities and government agencies in the five states where we manufacture appliances. And we partnered with our FirstBuild microfactory to mass produce personal protective equipment such as face shields and intubation boxes for hospitals. We continue to identify opportunities to contribute supplies, leverage our supply chain, and donate time and resources.
Trusted for more than 130 years and you can continue to count on us to be there for you.