Since late summer, North Sound ACH has distributed more than 2 million masks across the region. Our team has received shipments, taken orders, organized deliveries, and distributed PPE.
We can’t MASK our gratitude!
Two million masks take up a lot of room! We are so fortunate to have generous organizations who provided storage space and helped with distribution: First Presbyterian Church of Bellingham, Everett Gospel Mission, North Sound Behavioral Health Administrative Services Organization, Whatcom Family YMCA, and the Port of Skagit in LaConner. Also a big thanks to Greg Aanes Furniture for the use of their pallet jack…we are so grateful!
Some responses from partners:
The Everett Gospel Mission is extremely grateful for these masks! We house 70 men, plus 30 women and children at another location, as well as serve lunch at dinner to about 150 people at the shelter everyday– all have been given masks! On top of that we also provide services for those that are signed up for the Snohomish County’s Housing and Essential Needs Program, for those on a low fixed income or who are disabled. We’ve been able to provide them with almost 800 masks a week!
Also because of your donation we were able to provide 3,000 masks to Esther’s Place in Everett, an organization that provides a safe place and hot meals for women in our community that are currently homeless or on low incomes. And finally, we were also able to provide 30,000 masks to the Eagles Nest sober living house in Marysville, an organization that provides food boxes and clothing to more than 150 families weekly. They have been able to get masks to those that would not be able to afford them for their families without your help. These are only some of the ways in which your generosity is impacting Snohomish county and from the bottom of our hearts we say thank you and God bless you all! ~ Everett Gospel Mission
Thanks to your mask donation, our community outreach team (Nurse Practitioner, RN, Case Manager and SUD specialist) is allowed to return to the streets daily offering services to the homeless population. We have been handing out free cloth masks to anyone in need. As fall progresses, the masks allow us to offer water, snacks, blankets and socks to those in need as well. A big thank you to the North Sound ACH as this helps those who love to work with the public in a hands-on fashion, return to providing such essential services to those most vulnerable within our communities. ~ Consistent Care Services
We are so grateful for this donation of masks. We will be using the cloth masks for our clients, giving each client a mask (or a few). We will be using the KN95 mask for our Mental Health counselors, Substance Use Counselors, and office support staff. With this donation it allows us to be able to give more masks to our clients. Clients are not allowed in the office if they do not have a mask. A lot of our client population is homeless, living in their car, don’t have a washer and dryer, and this helps eliminate that barrier, that they don’t have to worry if they lost, forgot, or their mask is too dirty. Having this donation of masks is a huge help when it comes to having clients in our office. The more people we see through our doors, the more masks we may need. This worry is off our plate now! ~ Seamar Community Health Centers
Using the framework of Targeted Universalism, North Sound ACH aims to ensure that universal goals – in this case, getting masks out to community – are best achieved when the strategies are tailored to meet specific identified needs. That led us to distribute masks to targeted populations, advocating equity and whole person care.
PPE is still available to organizations in the North Sound. Please click here to submit your request.