The Interfaith Collective, an organization led by community members of different faiths and denominations, is helping Prince Edward County to distribute cloth masks and hand sanitizer to underserved and historically disadvantaged communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19. The community project, “Safe Hands,” is bringing community members together to deliver resources directly to those in need. Recently, the County announced that they are participating in Virginia’s Health Equity Program. The County, in partnership with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and the state’s Health Equity Working Group, has been working to distribute hand sanitizer and cloth masks to the communities in need.
“When I heard about the Health Equity Program, I thought that the Interfaith Collective would love to help distribute these needed resources, as the diverse communities of faith within Prince Edward County have strong ties and connections to the community at-large and strong willingness to serve and help when needed,” stated Patsy Watson, coordinator of the Interfaith Collective.
The Interfaith Collective is calling upon all faith communities within Prince Edward County (must have a physical building within County lines) to partner in “Safe Hands” as a mission project. Each faith group is asked to pledge to deliver a minimum of 20 packets, which contain cloth masks and hand sanitizer, to Prince Edward Community families in their geographic area of the County. Distribution will take place between Wednesday, October 14th to Friday, October 23rd. To participate, faith communities are asked to RSVP by October 21st by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Sarah Puckett, Assistant County Administrator and Emergency Management Coordinator, commented, “We are happy to have the Interfaith Collective as a partner to ensure that these necessary resources are put into the hands and homes of the people who need them the most.”
For more information, please contact Trey Pyle, Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator, at email@example.com