The Daviess County Fiscal Court and UniFirst Corporation are partnering to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to Audubon Area Community Services.
On Tuesday, the Fiscal Court and UniFirst each donated 10,000 protective face masks – 20,000 in total – to the local community action agency.
“It’s exciting for us to be able to give back during this pandemic,” said Beth Johnson, Customer Service Manager for UniFirst Corporation.
“At our distribution center here in Owensboro, we have 400 employees and partners,” she added. “We know their lives and their families’ lives are invested in this community as well as our distribution center. To be able to partner with the Daviess County Fiscal Court and give back to the very community in which our team partners live and serve is an exciting opportunity for us.”
Audubon Area Community Services will utilize the protective face masks in different ways.
“We have retired senior volunteers who actually work in community organizations and non-profits all across the region,” explained Brandon Harley, Deputy CEO with Audubon Area Community Services. “They have guidelines requiring them to have masks on hand to be able to deliver for soup kitchens and other areas in which they work.”
In addition to the senior volunteer programs, the agency operates GRITS Transportation and Head Start Early Childhood Centers. Protective face masks will be disseminated through both of those services.
“In a discussion we had with Judge Mattingly, it was mentioned that we could use some donations of masks and we were looking for suppliers to do that,” Harley said. “He mentioned that he may be able to assist us. Then a few weeks later, the Fiscal Court has partnered with UniFirst for this tremendous donation.”
Commissioners Mike Koger and George Wathen represented the Fiscal Court at the distribution event. Koger encouraged Daviess County residents to continue wearing face coverings and social distance.
“Hopefully, one day soon, this virus will be gone,” he added.
The Fiscal Court is pleased to partner with UniFirst Corporation in the donation of personal protective equipment. To learn more about the programs of Audubon Area Community Services, click here.