Thousands of skilled nursing workers could get “Hero Awards” for their pandemic efforts. 

California launched its Skilled Nursing Facility Hero Awards in April. It was funded by a $25 million donation from Facebook. 

The awards will provide 50,000 licensed vocational nurses and certified nurse assistants who work in SNFs a one-time, $500 stipend.

“We’re grateful for all the incredible work California’s critical staff in nursing facilities are doing to save lives and help combat COVID-19,” Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said.