Habitat to distribute 175,000 masks + 2,800 gallons of hand sanitizer among nonprofit partners
(COLUMBIA, SC) July 13, 2020 — As the coronavirus continues to impact the Palmetto State, South Carolina Association of Habitat for Humanity announces a statewide effort to ensure nonprofits have the resources needed to safely serve communities during the pandemic. Masking a Difference is a one-day collaboration which will distribute 175,000 masks and 2,800 gallons of hand sanitizer among nonprofit organizations and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disasters (VOAD) partners at 17 Habitat locations throughout SC.
“Our toolkit has expanded beyond hammers and shopping carts,” shared Nancy Lee, executive director of the state association of Habitat for Humanity. “As nonprofits are being called on to do more with fewer resources, I’m grateful Habitat has been given the opportunity to share these supplies with our fellow philanthropic partners.”
Since February, Habitat for Humanity has been working alongside state and federal agencies to ensure the safety of Habitat teams, partners, and communities. Habitat credits South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) for enabling this collaboration to occur.
As of July 12, Habitat for Humanity has already distributed over 150,000 masks and 630 gallons of hand sanitizer throughout 37 counties. Upon conclusion of Masking a Difference, Habitat will have dispersed a total of 325,000 masks and 3,400 gallons of hand sanitizer to assist in South Carolina’s coronavirus response.
Nonprofit organizations seeking additional information are encouraged to visit southcarolinahabitat.org/covid19. Masking a Difference request forms for cloth face coverings and 50-gallon drums of hand sanitizer will remain open through noon on July 20, 2020. Submissions from eligible organizations will be accepted in the order received. Notifications will be sent out the week of July 20 announcing the locations of pick-up and official distribution date of Masking a Difference.
To find out more about South Carolina Association of Habitat for Humanity and locations across the state, visit southcarolinahabitat.org.
About South Carolina Association of Habitat for Humanity
Established in 2012, South Carolina Association of Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing organization that brings people together to build homes, communities, and hope. The affiliate support organization expands the capacity of 30 local affiliates through advocacy, resource development, training, and disaster services. Serving 36 counties across South Carolina, Habitat affiliates have built over 2,862 new homes, repaired 1,123 houses, and rehabilitated 126 homes. They have served and housed 10,000+ children and adults and invested over $200M in affordable housing since 1978.
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