Mask distribution

We distributed face coverings to our partner nonprofits and community. Many nonprofits are in need of personal protective equipment in order to continue serving our community. We reached out to our partners to address the need for personal protection equipment and purchased 109,618 face coverings. 

10,000 masks went to the City of Springfield in support of the 100-day mask challenge.

Thanks to this grant and our collaboration with the MSU Innovation Lab, United Way of the Ozarks was able to distribute 316 face shields to several local nonprofits to keep their staff and volunteers safe while providing critical social services to our community. We also made these available to every school nurse in Springfield Public Schools through our partnership with SPS Health Services. The nonprofits that received shields are: 

  • Boy Scouts of America, Ozarks Trails Council
  • Boys and Girls Clubs of Springfield
  • Harmony House
  • Kids First Program (Foundation for Springfield Public Schools)
  • RSVP Reading Buddies Program (Council of Churches)
  • The Kitchen, Inc.
  • The Salvation Army of Springfield

Hundreds of nonprofit staff, volunteers, and clients, including our own, will need to continue taking precautions to stay healthy. This includes frequent hand-washing, physical distancing, and using cloth face covers when around others. We need your help to make sure that everyone stays safe when it's time for us to meet again, and there is a way you can help us without leaving home! 

If you have the time, skills, and supplies, we need volunteers like you to make reusable cloth masks for our nonprofit community. This is how you can help us fill the need for masks:

Visit the CDC's website here for a template to make traditional sewn masks and no-sew t-shirt masks

Make as many masks as you can!

United Way of the Ozarks is working to make sure that masks are distributed fairly to area nonprofits that need them. Thank you so much for your dedication to our community!

The United Way of the Ozarks is committed to supporting our nonprofit community during the coronavirus outbreak.