Talent Produces Masks For Safety

APS Teacher Helping Others
Posted on 04/03/2020
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City of Green officials have established Green Together to help residents with everyday tasks made more challenging due to COVID-19 and the need for social distancing.

“These are unprecedented times and now, more than ever, we need to support each other and help our neighbors and those in need,” said Green Mayor Gerard Neugebauer. “As a community, we are going to get through this. Launching Green Together is just the start.”

Valerie Wolford, communications manager for the City of Green, explained this effort accepts volunteers interested in helping others, as well as requests for help. She said about 80 people had registered as volunteers to help others as of March 26.

“The program is evolving to meet the needs of the community as they arise,” said Wolford. “As this gets up and running, we will have more opportunities on how people can help. We are concerned how people will be in two weeks, three weeks and beyond. We are hoping people will reach out to us for help.”

Currently, the program includes the Senior Courtesy Check-in, which makes calls twice a week to elderly residents living on their own.

“This checkup call will help us address concerns and ensure our senior residents are safe,” said Wolford. “So far we have 32 seniors, with one former resident calling from out of state for her mother who has cancer. We are trying to team volunteers with seniors in their own neighborhoods, especially those who don’t do online shopping. With the isolation from social distancing, it is nice to hear someone’s voice, but it also lets the city know of a need.”

To register to volunteer or request help, call 330.896.6933; or visit cityofgreen.org/GreenTogether.

Donations of face masks may be dropped off Tuesdays and Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. at bins set up at the City of Green Central Administration Building.

Wolford said area churches also have stepped up to help, adding, “We could not do this without them.” She said one is using a development fund to shop for and pay for food for those in need, and The Chapel in Green has organized a food drive Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 2 to 4 p.m. with drive-thru drop-offs. Suggested items include snack and shelf-stable food items, as well as cleaning supplies.
Wolford said the city also is getting requests for masks from residents. These masks are being accepted Tuesdays and Fridays from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Central Administration Building, 1755 Town Park Blvd. To request a mask, call 330.896.6933; or email greentogether@cityofgreen.org.

Wolford said the city received 100 masks on March 27, as well as donations of fabric to make more masks.
Green resident Sandra Cline, an Akron Public Schools teacher at Litchfield Community Learning Center, is one of those answering this need.

“If I am not sick, I need to help others,” she said. “I am always encouraging students to make a difference in their community, and service learning is a big part of our philosophy [at the International Baccalaureate program school]. I found a need and researched ways to help and put that into action. I then saw the facemask shortages and found a pattern at joann.com to make some.”

Cline said she made 100 facemasks in her first week, mostly for friends and families and for a small grocery store, by enlisting help from her husband and children. She said she sanitizes them and puts them in individual bags. She also said a Summa Health hospital and nursing homes have reached out for her assistance.

Wolford stated a number of businesses in Green also have stepped up to offer assistance, including feeding Green Fire Division personnel.

In addition, the Green Area Chamber of Commerce has introduced the Get Green Grub campaign, which invites residents to submit a photo by 5 p.m. Thursdays of their locally purchased meal, the menu, the receipt or a properly socially distanced selfie with the delivery person at GreenAreaChamber.org or the chamber’s Facebook page. On Fridays, a drawing will take place for 10 $50 gift cards to a locally owned business, courtesy of the chamber.

Wolford stated city officials also are connecting residents worried about evictions with the appropriate county agencies and businesses seeking information on loans and financial assistance with state resources.

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