In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Clean Water Services staff joined with community partners to distribute personal protective equipment where it is needed most throughout Washington County and beyond.
On July 6, 2020, Clean Water Services staff implemented the “People Protecting People” project at the request of the Clean Water Institute Board. In the year since COVID-19 officially arrived in Oregon on February 28, 2020, approximately 1.5 million pieces of PPE — masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and disinfecting wipes — have been distributed to agricultural workers, COVID Business Recovery Centers, community-based organizations, TriMet passengers, and employees of Washington County assisted living facilities and food processing companies. Those distribution efforts are ongoing.
"People Protecting People has been a wonderful opportunity to strengthen long-nurtured community partnerships and work directly with trusted community groups to ensure the people they serve get the PPE needed to protect themselves and their families,” said Antonia Machado, CWS project manager for Natural Systems Enhancement & Stewardship. “We look forward to continuing this project and exploring new opportunities to work together in service of our community in the future.”
People Protecting People distribution partners include Washington County EOC & Health Department, Washington County Visitors Association, Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District, TriMet, Centro Cultural, Muslim Educational Trust, Farm Services Agency, Oregon Child Development Coalition, Natural Resources Conservation Services, OSU Cooperative Extension, Oregon Food Bank, Business Recovery Centers, Tualatin Soil and Water Conservation District, Natural Resources Conservation Services and other Tree for All partners.