Show your Local Love, wear a mask
Kingston, ON (June 29, 2020) – The United Way of Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox & Addington is pleased to announce a new initiative called United Together that aims to provide masks to the most vulnerable members of our communities.
Since the start of the pandemic, United Way KFL&A has been working with frontline agencies to help provide personal protective equipment or funds to purchase this equipment to keep both staff and clients safe. Based on an Order issued Friday, June 27th by KFL&A Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Kieran Moore, all individuals entering a commercial establishment in the KFL&A region will now be required to wear a face covering while inside the establishment. This Order is mandatory and impacts all residents, visitors, municipal services and facilities.
In response, United Way KFL&A will be selling re-useable face masks at a cost of $12 with proceeds from each mask sold going towards the purchase of disposable face masks for vulnerable members of our community. The Kingston Frontenacs are also supporting this initiative through their own merchandise and mask shop. Proceeds from their sales will go directly to United Way KFL&A and the United Together program.
Additionally, working with the City of Kingston, KFL&A Public Health and local agencies, United Way KFL&A will distribute masks in the coming weeks to agencies to help their clients and people in need.
“We know everyone is doing what they can to help flatten the curve. But for many, getting face masks isn’t easy or affordable,” said Bhavana Varma, President and CEO of United Way KFL&A. “This initiative provides workplaces, families, and other groups with a way to purchase re-usable masks for themselves, while, at the same time, helping provide masks for vulnerable people in our communities.”
For those currently seeking disposable masks, distribution will start operating later this week, with agencies will be distributing to their clients and distribution sites at the City of Kingston at 362 Montreal Street and KFL&A Public Health at 221 Portsmouth Avenue.
- For more information about the program, including updates on distribution sites, visit unitedwaykfla.ca/unitedtogether.
- To purchase a mask visit unitedwaykfla.ca/masks.
- For more information about the Kingston Frontenacs shop visit https://www.kingstonfrontenacsfightscovid19.shopbardown.com/
About United Way of KFL&A
United Way works with individuals, organizations and key partners in KFL&A to build and strengthen the community bringing people and resources together to facilitate change. Our vision is a future where people are self-sufficient in a community, where individuals live with hope, dignity and a sense of belonging. Stay up to date by following our social media channels – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn and of course, look for regular updates on our website at www.unitedwaykfla.ca
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Mandy Pasch, Manager, Marketing and Communications
United Way KFL&A
Bhavana Varma, President and CEO
United Way KFL&A