CORTLAND, Ohio (WYTV) – United Way of Trumbull County is heading up an effort to collect and distribute masks for frontline and essential workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Those workers could include anyone working at a hospital, medical center, pharmacy, childcare centers with a pandemic designation, nursing homes, non-profit agencies, grocery stores and restaurants offering takeout.
Volunteers who are able to make and donate masks are asked to package them (using plastic or a paper bag) in lots of 10, and to follow the recommended instructions from the Centers for Disease Control.
Local volunteers have already stepped up and the first homemade masks were delivered Thursday to Ohio Living Lake Vista in Cortland.
“We are so grateful to those who have already volunteered their time and talent to make these masks. In the coming days and weeks, masks are going to be increasingly important as Trumbull County works together to slow the spread of the coronavirus,” said Ginny Pasha, president of United Way of Trumbull County.
If you are a frontline or essential worker and want to request a mask, call the United Way of Trumbull County at (330) 369-1000 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Masks will be collected at the United Way of Trumbull offices, 3601 Youngstown Rd. SE. Please call ahead at (330) 369-1000, ext. 23. Also, Dollar General stores at the following locations will be collecting mask donations:
- 4313 Mahoning Ave., Champion
- 5585 Mahoning Ave., Champion
- 6920 Tod Ave., Lordstown
- 3840 S. Main St., Mineral Ridge
- 2010 Milton Blvd., Newton Falls
- 331 Robbins Ave., Niles
- 20 Youngstown Rd., Niles
- 2800 Parkman Rd., Warren
- 2918 State Route 5, Leavittsburg
- 1851 Tod Ave., Lordstown
- 2855 Mahoning Ave., Warren
- 2841 Niles Rd., Warren
- 5S5 South St., Warren
In addition to mask donations, United Way is accepting donations for their COVID-19 Response and Relief Fund on their website or by mail at United Way of Trumbull County, c/p COVID-19 Fund, 3601 Youngstown Rd. SE, Warren, Ohio 44484.
Donations received will be used to assist frontline agencies who are working to help Trumbull County residents who have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.