HCHF distributes more than 5,000 face coverings to area nonprofits

The Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation has partnered with the United Way to become a Distribution Partner to deliver over 5,000 essential-face coverings to area nonprofits and grassroots organizations.

“One of our main goals this year is to address the COVID-19 health threat in our local communities,” said HCHF CEO Robin Tindall. “Wearing face coverings is a critically important step to protecting ourselves and others as we all work together to get through these unprecedented times.”

In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the federal government launched “Project America Strong” to distribute reusable cotton face coverings in support of critical infrastructure areas across the country.

Boys and Girls Club of the Plateau is one of many organizations to receive FEMA face coverings.

The face coverings provided by FEMA are 100% cotton and contain silver and copper, which help prevent the growth of viruses and germs. Through this program, nonprofit and grassroot organizations can obtain reusable face coverings, free of charge.

Alongside the State of Franklin Health Council and Nantahala Health Foundation, all nonprofits, and grassroots organizations, in the area’s six-county region, who requested FEMA face coverings will receive them.

Per FEMA guidelines, the masks are to be used for staff and volunteers (infrastructure support).

For more information or to place an order, while supplies last, please contact Ashlie Mitchell-Lanning at HCHF at a.mitchell-lanning@hchealthfnd.org.

HCHF is an independent public charity dedicated to providing leadership and funding to lift the health and well-being of Highlands, Cashiers and neighboring communities.

The Foundation awarded more than $2.5 million in grants to non-profits in 2019, its inaugural year. For more information, or to learn how to donate, click HERE.

Pictured at the top of the article are volunteers for the International Friendship Center’s Highlands Food Pantry.

Article and photos courtesy of Highlands Cashiers Health Foundation.

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