Oakland, CA - Today, Operation Masks, Aiden Health’s nonprofit, nonpartisan sister organization committed to sourcing and delivering protective personal equipment (PPE), announced it will send $100,000 in face masks, hand sanitizer, face shields, and gloves to twenty grassroots organizations working to get-out-the-vote in the 2020 U.S. general election.
Way to Rise, the nonpartisan arm of Way to Win, is underwriting Operation Masks’ delivery of PPE at low cost to organizations engaging in nonpartisan voter engagement. PPE will ship directly to each group’s headquarters. Volunteers with these groups - listed below - are working hard to reach their constituencies about exercising their constitutional right to vote.
Asian American Advocacy Fund
Advance Native Political Leadership
NC Pearl Initiative
Make the Road Action
Metropolitan Organizing Strategy Enabling Strength Action
Poder NC Action
Southerners on New Ground Power
Georgia Latino Alliance For Human Rights
Advance North Carolina
Way to Rise Senior Advisor, Nicole Boucher, issued the following statement:
“Community organizers at the state and national level are the most trusted messengers in communities. The current pandemic is only the latest barrier to sustained civic participation in communities of color that have been neglected by philanthropy and government. We’re proud to partner with Operation Masks to deliver high quality PPE that will enable volunteers to engage with voters in their community safely this election season. Together, we will ensure safety is never a barrier to getting out the vote.”
Operation Masks Co-Founder and Aiden Health President, Lily Liu, issued the following statement:
“Voter safety is vital to our democracy. That’s why Operation Masks, Aiden Health’s nonprofit, nonpartisan sister organization, has made supplying PPE to voters and volunteers a strategic priority this election season. Getting out the vote is a job in and of itself — staying protected while doing so should be the last thing these volunteers have to worry about. We’re proud to partner with Way to Rise to keep volunteers and their communities safe this election season.”
About Way to Rise:
Way to Rise, the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of Way to Win, centers communities most impacted by injustice, funding sustained nonpartisan civic engagement led by both state-based organizations and national groups that support state-based partners. Way to Rise is creating a framework for aligned funders to give collectively, around a shared strategy, to lay the groundwork for significant power shifts over time. We seek to build power in local communities across the country and facilitate lasting change to ultimately reshape the future of our democracy. For more information on Way to Rise, visit: waytorise.org.
About Operation Masks:
Operation Masks, the 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan sister organization of Aiden Health, is committed to sourcing and delivering protective personal equipment (PPE) to those who need it most in the fight against COVID-19. Since March 2020, it has sourced and delivered over 15 million units of PPE to front-line health workers. To learn more, donate or request PPE visit operationmasks.org.
Mills Forni (Windward Advocacy)
Way to Rise
Ann Dubin (Riff Strategies)