In the ongoing fight against COVID-19, masks and face coverings continue to be a vital tool to limit the spread of the infectious disease, and flatten the projected curve of people who might contract the coronavirus.
Province-wide health regulations now require face coverings on all city buses, public indoor spaces, and most businesses. An unfortunate outcome of this policy however, is that vulnerable groups who cannot afford masks have experienced reduced access to essential goods and services.
To address this dilemma, several agencies have collaborated in an effort to ensure that no one is faced with an accessibility issue when it comes to travel and community services.
Gordon Neighbourhood House is proud to join this initiative, and help distribute one million masks across the region.
The One Million Mask project was created when Translink and Deloitte partnered to address the need for masks for public transportation users. That conversation expanded to other organizations when province-wide mask policies were implemented inside all public spaces. The One Million Masks partnership now consists of: United Way, TransLink, Deloitte, OEC, YVR, BC Ferries, BCAA, SCI and BC Transit.
“We are so grateful for all of the support we’ve received from United Way during the pandemic,” said Gordon Neighbourhood House Executive Director Siobhan Powlowski, “This mask initiative will be key to supporting the Neighborhood House continuing to safely support communities during this time.”
Gordon Neighbourhood House has already shared thousands of masks with partner agencies, members, and our neighbours.
For more information about the One Million Masks initiative, or if you require masks, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our reception desk at (604) 683-2554.