DEERFIELD, Ill. (WMBD) — The charitable arm of Caterpillar is donating millions toward the response efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The Caterpillar Foundation is donating $8.5-million to support global communities dealing with the coronavirus. According to a news release, The dollars will support non-profits working to prevent, detect and respond to the pandemic as well as provide resources in the medical field, food insecurity and enable online STEM and coding education for children impacted by school closures.

“The Caterpillar Foundation is focused on building more sustainable and resilient communities, helping them emerge stronger together during this unprecedented time,” said Asha Varghese, Caterpillar Foundation president. “Our employees and retirees give so generously, and we are proud to amplify their gifts and support our many nonprofit partners working tirelessly to keep our communities safe and prosperous.”

Organizations benefiting from the investment include:

  • United Nations Foundation / World Health Organization Solidarity Response Fund
  • King Baudouin Foundation Fund for Italy
  • Global Foodbanking Network Global Fund
  • Feeding America Response Fund
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of America
  • Illinois COVID-19 Response Fund

The Caterpillar Foundation also announced a special 2:1 match for the employee and retiree gift matching program until May 1. The match is for donations made to eligible non-profits. The regular 1:1 matching program will continue on past that date.