Americorps Volunteer Shifts Service to Help Distribute 100,000+ Face Masks to Local Nonprofits
Americorps member and Western Carolina University graduate Rachel Miller was serving through Project Mars (Mentoring, Resources, and Academic Success) at Ira B. Jones Elementary when the coronavirus pandemic hit. As an Americorps project that serves under Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, Miller supported students in the school to ensure their needs both inside and outside the classroom were addressed. When the school was shut down in light of COVID, she connected with United Way's Volunteer Engagement Director Michelle Bennett to shift gears in the community and offer her support to our increased work.
Her support was greatly welcomed as we worked to distribute 100,000 face masks to over 400 nonprofits serving our community on the frontlines throughout Western North Carolina. Thank you Rachel!