Nevada Gold Mines (NGM), in collaboration with the state of Nevada and its stakeholders, is working to identify immediate needs and provide financial and logistical support to mitigate the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on its local communities.
NGM is a joint venture (JV) between Barrick Gold (61.5%) and Newmont (38.5%) and is operated by Barrick.
Executive MD Greg Walker said that NGM has ensured that its operations were “working as safely and responsibly as possible”, adding that the company was also using its resources to support “friends and neighbours”, particularly the elderly, the homeless and Native Americans.
At the state level, NGM has committed an initial $1.5-million to the Nevada Covid-19 Response, Relief and Recovery Task Force, as well as offering to support the effort through the company’s supply chain and other resources.
The Task Force brings together community and business leaders to help find solutions to the pandemic.
In northern Nevada, it is developing a framework for an ‘I-80 Fund’ to assist small businesses along the I-80 Corridor affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as seeking to support solutions to the childcare and rural health care challenges in the region.
In Elko, Battle Mountain, and Winnemucca, the closest towns to NGM’s operations, the JV has to date committed a total of $275 000 to support these local communities with food supplies and other basic necessities, particularly those most impacted including seniors, the homeless and Native Americans.
In southern Nevada, it has committed $100 000 to Three Square Food Bank.