Originally published  7/9/2021

For most of us, life slowed down after coronavirus hit. But some of us were called to action.  As part of our “Love Takes Action” series, we profiled individuals like Cedric Dew who stepped up when their communities were down. Cedric is an 18-year veteran of the YMCA,  the Executive Director of the Jamaica YMCA, and lead for the Y’s transitional housing program for homeless residents.  He made such an impact with his acts of love during the pandemic that he was profiled in this year's Macy's Fourth of July telecast. The "American Spirit" portion of their broadcast featured Cedric and other individuals that have gone above and beyond in their communities during the pandemic. 

Cedric maintains daily supplies and food deliveries for more than 1,000 homeless residents, liaises with a host of vendors to keep the facilities in good condition and most importantly, helps residents to stay and feel safe during a time of great uncertainty. Cedric’s unwavering commitment to determine the best possible solutions to help highly vulnerable individuals and at-risk communities resulted in a partnership with New York City Health + Hospitals Corporation (NYCHHC). His contribution to the collaboration led to providing beds at the YMCA to non-COVID patients allowing NYCHHC to provide more room for patients with the virus. The YMCA of Greater New York will receive a donation from New York Life in Cedric’s name. Cedric and five others representing nonprofits in communities across the country will receive donations from the company because they are putting their love into action during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"The world would be a better place if more people opened their hearts like Cedric does."—Heather Nesle, President, New York Life Foundation.

“Cedric’s actions demonstrate profound courage and love for other humans. The world would be a better place if more people opened their hearts like Cedric does." said Heather Nesle, President, New York Life Foundation.

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New York Life Insurance Company
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