TERRE HAUTE, Ind. – Small businesses and local non-profit organizations around West Central Indiana now have access to free non-surgical masks thanks to the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce’s West Central Business Hub and the Wabash Valley COVID-19 Emergency Relief Fund.
Within the Fund’s 7th round of funding announcements, the Chamber of Commerce Foundation, Inc. was awarded $5,000 to purchase 10,000 disposable, surgical masks.
The masks are to be distributed, free of charge, to small businesses throughout the West Central Indiana six-county region. Those counties include Vigo, Sullivan, Parke, Vermillion, Clay and Putnam.
Local small businesses and non-profits are encouraged to contact the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce to see if they qualify to receive the free masks.
“The community and our corporate partners have been extremely generous throughout the pandemic,” Danielle Isbell, Resource Development Director for UWWV said. “We’re grateful the Chamber is working to get necessary masks to organizations in need.”
Currently, additional communities have received masks including the City of Brazil, Clay County Commissioners, West Central Indiana Economic Development District (WCIEDD), Partnership Parke County, the City of Terre Haute and City of Sullivan.
In Parke County, Partnership Parke County, has been working with Parke County Emergency Services, to ensure businesses and civic organizations operate safely. Partnership Parke County, along with Parke County REMC Operation Round Up and the Parke County Community Foundation, purchased 5,000 masks and 20 gallons of hand sanitizer.
“As businesses prepared to re-open we immediately heard the need for masks and sanitizer,” Cyndi Todd, Executive Director, Partnership Parke County, said. “We were fortunate to join the West Central IN efforts to assist our local businesses and organizations do so safely.”
Non-profit organizations and employers with fewer than 25 employees interested in receiving masks are encouraged to contact the Chamber’s Office and Programs Coordinator, Jessy Exline (firstname.lastname@example.org) for further details and information.