Shelby County government, area partners to distribute PPE to local nonprofits

Shelby County government, area partners to distribute PPE to local nonprofits
The PPE will be distributed to over 100 local nonprofit organizations.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — The Shelby County Government Division of Community Services, International Paper, and Momentum Nonprofit Partners have partnered to provide PPE to local organizations during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

For the past three months, the Division of Community Services has worked to address PPE requests from nonprofit organizations, according to a press release.

Masks, hand sanitizer and other cleaning supplies will be distributed to over 100 area nonprofits.

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These supplies will help protect both clients and staff.

The PPE distribution will take place today at 1 p.m. at Momentum headquarters, 630 S. Cooper St., Memphis.

Shelby County Mayor Lee Harris: “We know that PPE is crucial for keeping safe workers who perform direct services during this COVID-19 pandemic. Since March, we have put a great deal of thought and preparation into expanding our capacity for PPE distribution to our non-profit partners and throughout the community. This new partnership will allow us to get PPE to more local non-profits, those on the frontlines of providing critical services, and into the hands of our neighbors in need.”

Division of Community Services Deputy Director Raushanah Morgan: “The work that local nonprofits do indirectly serving community’s needs is even more important now during these times. Equipping nonprofits’ staff and their clients with vital PPE through these partnerships ensures that we have a greater impact in helping these organizations operate as safely as possible.”

Momentum Director Kevin Dean: “Nonprofits have struggled to obtain PPE since the beginning of this crisis. The partnership we have forged with Shelby County Division of Community Services will keep thousands of Shelby County residents safe and reduce the spread that is occurring so quickly.”

International Paper Global Citizenship Coordinator, Dynisha Woods: “Our employees are passionate about supporting critical community needs, and we recognize that our boxes are essential during the pandemic. We are pleased to mobilize our products to support this great community initiative.”

This event will comply with social distancing guidelines.

The distribution is a drive-thru event, according to the press release.