The Wilmington-Clinton County Chamber of Commerce will begin distributing 5,000 re-usable cloth masks to businesses, employees, and citizens throughout Clinton County in October 2020. This “Community Mask” initiative is in partnership with the Clinton County Foundation, and the masks will be made available at no cost due to generous contributions from large donors HealthFirst for Clinton County and Alkermes, as well as ATSG, Inc., Fiserv, and Wilmington Savings Bank.

HOW DO I GET A FREE MASK? (Masks will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.)

 

1. Community masks can be found at the following participating Clinton County businesses: 

Individuals can receive one mask per person at a participating business in exchange for an optional donation and/or collection of an email address. Mask quantities are limited and we want to make the biggest impact that we can, so we ask that you limit yourself to one mask for yourself (and not one mask every time you visit a participating business!!).  Businesses will be asked to use any donations directly for ongoing PPE and COVID-19 safety-related costs, and any emails collected will be added to the Chamber’s “Local First Clinton County” network, which regularly shares local business information such as events and jobs. 

2. Community members can also contact the Chamber of Commerce directly at 937-728-7075 or info@wccchamber.com to request a mask. You can also request masks using this attached form: CLICK HERE TO REQUEST MASKS ONLINE 

 

WHY WEAR A MASK??

CDC recommends that people wear masks in public and when around people who don’t live in your household. Masks should NOT be worn by children under age 2 or anyone who has trouble breathing, is unconscious, incapacitated, or otherwise unable to remove the mask without assistance.

 

Wear your Mask Correctly

– Wash your hands before putting on your mask

– Put it over your nose and mouth and secure it under your chin

– Try to fit it snugly against the sides of your face

– Make sure you can breathe easily

 

Wear a Mask to Protect Others

– Wear a mask that covers your nose and mouth to help protect others in case you’re infected with COVID-19 but don’t have symptoms

– Wear a mask in public settings when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when it may be difficult for you to stay six feet apart

– Wear a mask correctly for maximum protection

– Don’t put the mask around your neck or up on your forehead

– Don’t touch the mask, and, if you do, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer to disinfect​


Follow Everyday Health Habits

– Stay at least 6 feet away from others

– Avoid contact with people who are sick

– Wash your hands often, with soap and water, for at least 20 seconds each time

– Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available


Learn more @ cdc.gov/coronavirus

STAY CONNECTED & SHOW OFF YOUR MASK!

The Chamber will be running frequent promotions and incentives around wearing these masks through their Facebook page, www.facebook.com/localfirstcc.

Stay tuned to this space for more details coming soon!!

THANK YOU TO OUR GENEROUS DONORS:  

SUPPORT FOR THE “COMMUNITY MASK” PROJECT & OUR PARTNERS:

Dessie Rogers, Executive Director of the Chamber of Commerce, stated, “We know that the need for PPE is a new stress on our local community, and will be an ongoing challenge for the foreseeable future. The Chamber and the Foundation are proud to partner together to help alleviate some of that stress by providing a much-needed, re-usable PPE item – one that is critical in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in our community – to our local businesses, employees, and community members.”

“The Clinton County Foundation board wanted to partner with the Chamber in this face protection and education project. Sometimes, it is the small things done in great ways that make our Clinton County, a wonderful community for our friends, family and neighbors,” said Jan Blohm, Executive Director of the Clinton County Foundation. “We hope this keeps our small businesses open and thriving. Please, buy local.”

In addition to the community masks, this initiative will also provide 1,800 re-usable youth masks for all of the in-school elementary school students in Blanchester, Clinton Massie, and East Clinton school districts.

The Chamber worked separately with the City of Wilmington, who is generously providing 1,150 masks to all of the in-school elementary students within the Wilmington City School district. “The City is happy for the opportunity to partner with the Chamber on such a worthwhile project for our community,” stated Mayor John Stanforth.

For more information on the Chamber, its projects, and local businesses, please contact 937-382-2737.

For more information on the Foundation, please visit www.clintoncountyohiofoundation.org or contact 937-566-1634.