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How Collaboration Helps Fight the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Chicago, IL May 18th, 2020 – Today, several thousand Child Protection Investigators and Child Welfare Specialists at the Department of Children and Family Services (“DCFS”) in Illinois received face shields to enhance their protection, as they continue to go out and work with families during the pandemic.

Like many essential workers across the United States, they have had limited access to PPE. Completing their mission of protecting children and families, critical in times like today, has meant putting their own lives, and the lives of their loved ones, at risk. The SOG immediately recognized DCFS essential workers and the critical tasks they perform as they work with families during this pandemic - and wanted to help.

In a time of shortage like today, PPE does not always come from the traditional sources, and it took a collective effort to succeed. Based in Chicago, TURF Design is a leading manufacturer of acoustic felt ceilings; moved by DCFS mission, they ordered materials and worked over-time to produce the necessary face shields and support their community. Similarly, EIS is a national manufacturer of diverse electrical materials, that reconverted to producing PPE during the pandemic. Several individual donors contributed monetary donations that allowed the purchase of the remaining face shields.

‘When we alerted potential donors, they were all moved by DCFS mission and the difficult conditions in which the pandemic has put their teams. It is still hard to believe that we were able to deliver so many face shields, through serendipitous connections between one of the DCFS investigators, a producer of electrical parts-turned PPE producer, and a local entrepreneur wanting to support his community. It shows what the SOG is about – we can achieve great things if we put our resources together”. - Stop COVID 19 Special Operations Group

About TURF Design

Based in Chicago, IL, TURF Design Inc. is a cutting-edge design company focused on acoustic felt ceilings through advanced CAD/CAM manufacturing and digital fabrication. We balance aesthetics and performance in our products within sustainable materials and methods. At our core, we challenge our industry through lean manufacturing practices, flexible design thinking, innovative technologies and being a badass set of humans. Visit us at:

About EIS

EIS is a North American distributor of process materials, production supplies, specialty wire and cable and value-added fabricated parts for the electrical OEM, motor repair and assembly markets. Founded in 1946, the company has a history of solid performance and growth amidst market adversity and industry change. EIS is your source for electrical, electronic, and apparatus repair products supporting electrical OEM & repair customers, electronic equipment and device manufacturers and more, with all the essential materials needed for the production of electrical equipment, motors and electronic devices.

About StopCOVID-19 Special Operations Group

Stop COVID 19 Special Operations Group (the “SOG”) was started by a group of healthcare executives to accelerate the deployment of solutions and technologies against the COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences. Recent events have highlighted the tens of thousands of unseen front-line workers and volunteers that provide support to marginalized communities. Many of these heroes do not have the basic personal protective equipment. Stop COVID 19 Special Operations Group is focused on helping them complete their mission of improving the lives of others, critical in times like today.  Supporters of Stop COVID-19 SOG leading this initiative include Julia Monfrini Peev, Maria Siambekos, Cecily Tyler and Michael Williams.