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With the country expected to reach herd immunity by fall 2021, masks are here to stay for the foreseeable future. Thankfully, CCC has received an incredible donation of 72,000 cloth face masks from ShedRain to support our COVID-19 infection prevention efforts!
After delivering masks to our frontline staff, we’re distributing the remaining 55,000 masks to 11 partner organizations who also serve our most vulnerable community members, including Transition Projects, Blanchet House, New Avenues for Youth, Multnomah County’s Joint Office of Homeless Services, Virginia Garcia Memorial Health Center, Don’t Shoot Portland and more.
“We’re grateful to count Central City Concern as a long-standing partner in our work to support individuals as they seek to end their homelessness,” says George Devendorf, Executive Director of Transition Projects. “The masks provided will help keep our team and those we serve safe in our shelters and programmatic spaces. We truly appreciate this donation and CCC’s partnership.”
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, CCC has relied on personal protective equipment donations from the community to protect our frontline staff – as well as our residents, patients and clients. We’re thrilled that this generous donation has enabled CCC to “pay it forward” to our network of social services agencies and partner organizations, strengthening our collective response to growing need in our community.
ShedRain is an industry leader in umbrellas and rainwear, and a third-generation family business. In 2020, the company expanded their product line to include masks for frontline health workers, with the goal of serving organizations working with the most vulnerable in our community.
“We grew up here. We love Portland. We’ve always valued being part of this community. During this crisis, being able to make a difference right here in our own backyard? It’s humbling,” says Doug Blauer, ShedRain Chief Social Impact Officer. “We see giving back as a sacred civic duty. We want to help our fellow brothers and sisters, folks who are struggling. And if these masks can help protect Portlanders, that feels like the right thing to do.”
The Portland community has stepped up in incredible ways to help our most vulnerable neighbors throughout the coronavirus outbreak. ShedRain’s generous donation is one example of how we can come together to create a solid web of support, compassion and connectedness for those experiencing homelessness and the people who serve them.