FACING

FORWARD

Masks on—for you, for all.

FACING

FORWARD

Masks on—for you, for all.

FACING

FORWARD

Masks on—for you, for all.

Everyone should be able to help flatten the curve.

In response to the COVID-19 crisis, Canada’s chief public health officer recommends Canadians wear non-medical face masks when in a community setting, especially when maintaining a two-metre distance isn’t possible.

For many, getting face masks isn’t as easy as it sounds.

Many do not have the means to purchase masks for themselves or their families. Those who face homelessness can’t always clean or store them safely, meaning they would need disposable masks. For some, especially isolated seniors, buying online isn’t possible. The options and requirements can feel overwhelming—most don’t even know where to start.

Norms have shifted: wearing a face mask is an act of kindness. We’re all striving to do our part to protect one another. But, this shift also shines a light on vulnerabilities that cause people to fall through the cracks: whether it’s poverty, homelessness, or isolationwe need to fill those gaps and ensure everyone has what they need to keep our communities healthy.

In Spring 2020, Ottawa Public Health and many other partners came to United Way East Ontario to ask for help protecting our region’s most vulnerable. In response, we formed Facing Forward to provide masks for those most in need. At the beginning of this crisis—thanks to many incredible supporters—we provided thousands of items of medical-grade Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to vulnerable residents and front-line service providers. We need your help to do more.

How you can help

Whether you purchase masks or make a donation, you are helping to protect the most vulnerable people across Prescott-Russell, Ottawa, Lanark County and Renfrew County.

BUY

You can buy cloth masks for your workplace, your family, or other groups. Proceeds from your purchase will provide masks to those most in need.
 
Masks are available for sale in Ontario only and in bulk, 25 per pack. Visit the FAQ for more information, shipping details and more.

If you would like more information about ordering a larger quantity of masks or to make a corporate donation to Facing Forward, please contact Mark Belanger at 613-299-2339.

Each type of mask has its place, but not every mask is appropriate for day-to-day use. See Ottawa Public Health’s guidelines.

GIVE

We will use your contribution to supply masks to our communities’ most vulnerable.

MAKE

Use your skills to make a difference. If you’ve been making masks and would like to donate some, we can get your supply to people in need.

The City of Ottawa is currently seeking non-medical masks to give to vulnerable residents. Please see the City’s recommendations on cloth mask patterns and materials. 

Please email donations@ottawa.ca to set up an appointment for drop-off. You must follow physical distancing when dropping off donations.

If you’d like to donate masks to distribute in the communities in Prescott-Russell, Lanark County or Renfrew County, please contact nmckinney@unitedwayeo.ca.

Show your support for your community

Wearing a non-medical mask is not a replacement for physical distancing, hand washing and monitoring your health. Staying two metres away from people you don’t live with is important but isn’t always possible in public spaces. Wearing a mask adds an extra layer of protection, especially for others in case you have COVID-19; it may also help reduce your risk in case others have COVID-19.* For more information about non-medical masks, visit Ottawa Public Health and Health Canada.

*Message provided by Ottawa Public Health

Help the most vulnerable as we respond to COVID-19.