HandsOn Blue Ridge Establishing Drop-off Site for DIY Cloth Masks and Distribution Process for Organizations in Need

ROANOKE, VA – (April 23, 2020) – Beginning April 24, a special donation center will be established to receive donations of cloth masks from community members, local businesses, and philanthropic groups.

To ensure the safety of those donating supplies, HandsOn Blue Ridge, a program of the Council of Community Services has developed a process to safely accept and distribute these generous donations, which will help organizations maintain the PPE needed to continue providing essential services to those in need across the region.

How to Make a Donation:

Where: The Drop-In Center, located at 356 Campbell Avenue, SW (building beside the Roanoke City Police Department). There will be signage posted to direct community members to the mail slot in the middle front door. Masks should be packaged one mask per Ziploc bag.

Additional DIY Mask Information: http://www.handsonblueridge.org/need/detail/?need_id=514482

How to Make a Request:

Organizations should submit masks requests via the link:

http://nonprofitroanoke.org/diy-mask-requests/, understanding requests will be fulfilled as masks are donated.

  • Organizations are encouraged to submit smaller, more frequent requests to allow more organizations to receive masks.
  • Responses including details about pick up times and location will be emailed to the organization contact with instructions on how to wear and cleanse masks.

As the volunteer hub for the Roanoke Valley, HandsOn Blue Ridge continues to partner with organizations that rely on volunteers to deliver essential services during this time. For more information about other volunteer and donation needs as part of our COVID-19 response, please visit http://www.handsonblueridge.org/need/?s=1&need_init_id=3185.

PPE For Healthcare Providers 

Goodwill Donation Centers at local stores will collect PPE for Carilion Clinic and other hospital systems. For more information please visit  https://www.goodwillvalleys.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Media-Alert-Goodwill-Collecting-PPE-for-Carilion-Clinic.pdf

Questions? Please contact Alison Jorgensen, (540) 521-0321 or alisonj@councilofcommunityservices.org.