Orvis Partners With Local Manufacturers to Support Roanoke Homeless Community During COVID-19

An Orvis associate in our Roanoke, Virginia, fulfillment center sews a protective mask for a local nonprofit.

Orvis is working together with local partners near its Roanoke, Virginia, fulfillment center to manufacture masks for the homeless in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Demand has increased for non-medical-grade face masks since the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a recommendation that individuals wear cloth face coverings in public settings. Orvis’s efforts will directly support Roanoke-based non-profit Rescue Mission, an organization providing shelter and resources for the regional homeless population.

“There is a very real need for masks among our homeless population here in Roanoke,” says Roanoke Rescue Mission CEO Lee Clark. “These masks are making a tremendous difference in keeping people safe, particularly those with existing medical conditions who are at greatest risk of infection.”

Folks at Chervan hand-cut the mask material, which is then stitched at Orvis.

Orvis is collaborating with local furniture manufacturer Chervan to cut patterns, which Orvis is using to stitch together the face masks. Currently, Orvis employees are able to produce up to 2,000 masks each week, the majority of which are donated to Rescue Mission. These masks will be used to protect members of the local homeless community who may be more vulnerable to infection and complications, as well as Rescue Mission staff who are caring for these community members.

“The impact of this pandemic on our communities is heartbreaking, particularly the impact we are seeing on the homeless. We have a long-standing relationship with Roanoke Rescue Mission and we’re proud to help,” says Ken Smith, Orvis VP of customer operations.

The masks will help protect Rescue Mission employees who are helping the homeless in Roanoke.

In addition to the masks being produced for Rescue Mission, Orvis is also providing masks to its own team members in Roanoke, who are working to ensure customers are continuing to receive excellent service from Orvis.

To make additional donations, and to learn more about the nonprofit Rescue Mission, please visit their Ways to Give page. To learn more about Orvis, and its other philanthropic programs, please visit our Conservation pages

4 thoughts on “Orvis Partners With Local Manufacturers to Support Roanoke Homeless Community During COVID-19”

  1. COVID has made a difference in everyone’s lives. For some it is the loss of a job, the loss of social relations. Someone lost their loved ones.
    But those who demand special help and support also suffer. It’s good when the world is united around one common misfortune.

  2. COVID-19 has shown us how valuable life and health are. But it also showed how vulnerable the health care system is. For me now it is not clear why not alarmed in the autumn when people were sick? And it was in China and in the United States.
    Now all doctors and volunteers are working to minimize the risks of infection and return to their former life and adapt hospitals and clinics to the fact that all patients could seek help.
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  3. Age is one of the main factors affecting mortality due to coronavirus disease. A study in China, where the first Covid-19 infected appeared, shows: the older a person, the more dangerous the consequences of coronavirus for him. Therefore, it is very important to protect your elderly relatives. But it seems to me that it is especially difficult for pet owners now. After all, they cannot bring their pets out into the street, without fear that the animals will not become infected. In addition, I heard that fleas and ticks can also be carriers of this insidious virus, and so I bought one of my flea collars for my dog https://petonbed.com/top-dog-flea-collars/ to protect your pet. And also I made him a special mask and after each walk I carefully wash my dog’s paws

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