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CRFWPA CONTINUES DONATIONS TO PROTECT ELECTION POLL WORKERS IN MERCER COUNTY AHEAD OF THE JUNE 2nd PRIMARY

25 May 2020 

The Community Response Foundation of Western Pennsylvania

19 Jefferson Avenue
Sharon, PA 16146
(724) 301-6967

Press Contact Info: executive.director@crfwpa.org

Mercer, PA – The Community Response Foundation of Western Pennsylvania (CRFWPA) has donated 200 PPE Face Shields to the Mercer County Board of Elections in preparation for the June 2nd primary.

Currently, Pennsylvania has reported over 63,000 COVID-19 cases. As of May 23rd, Mercer County has had 103 cases and 4 deaths.  “The presidential primary is a week away. We are very concerned about the increased spread of COVID-19 in our communities across Mercer County. As people head to the polls June 2nd, we will see Pennsylvanians gather together to vote. We want to minimize the risk of further community spread by protecting our poll workers and voters as best we can,” said Chris Hearsey, Executive Director of CRFWPA. “All 90 precincts should receive our donated PPE Face Shields. Our goal is to give our essential workers the protection they need. We want to honor their commitment to the community in these difficult times.”

CRFWPA Vice Chair Becky Muha and Commissioner Michael T. Muha delivered the PPE Face Shields to Jeff Greenburg, Mercer County Director of Elections. “We are very appreciative of the effort of Michael Muha and the Community Response Foundation of Western Pennsylvania to provide these face shields to help protect our poll workers on June 2,” said Director of Elections Jeff Greenburg. “Election workers, particularly those who run our precincts, are the foundation of our democracy and for this group to consider assisting them in this way is a remarkable act of generosity and kindness. These moments of hope are much needed during a time of such difficulty.”

“The State of Wisconsin held their elections during this pandemic and as a result, 52 voters and election workers contracted COVID-19,” said Becky Muha. “We want to make sure we limit the risk of community spread that can happen due to people gathering to vote.” CRFWPA’s donation of 200 PPE Face Shields to the Mercer County Board of Elections will cover approximately 60% of the volunteer and county poll workers across all 90 Mercer County voting precincts. 

To reduce the spread of COVID-19, Pennsylvania has instituted non-contested absentee ballots. Pennsylvania eligible voters can request an absentee ballot online or through the County Election Office. Absentee Requests are due by May 26th. Absentee Ballots are due by election day. Voters can still vote in person at the polls on June 2nd. For more information about absentee ballots or voting on election day, please visit https://www.pavoterservices.pa.gov/OnlineAbsenteeApplication/#/OnlineAbsenteeBegin.

CRFWPA will continue to donate PPE units to local communities as long as there is a need.  The CRFWPA is a Pennsylvania non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to communities affected by global pandemic disease. For more information or to support CRFWPA,  visit our website at www.crfwpa.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Local Nonprofit CRFWPA Donates PPE To Essential Workers in Mercer County

18 May 2020
 
The Community Response Foundation of Western Pennsylvania

19 Jefferson Avenue
Sharon, PA 16146
(724) 301-6967

Press Contact Info: executive.director@crfwpa.org

Hermitage, PA – The Community Response Foundation of Western Pennsylvania (CRFWPA), has donated 120 reusable and sanitizable headgear and transparent face shields (also known as personal protective equipment or PPE) to six different public safety agencies across Mercer County. 

In its first round of donations, the CRFWPA has delivered 20 face shields each to Sharon Regional Medical Center, Mercer County Government, McGonigle Ambulance Services, Elite EMS, Hospitality Care Center of Hermitage, and the Hermitage Police Department to help against the spread of COVID-19. Hermitage City Commissioner Michael T. Muha helped distribute the PPE alongside his wife Rebecca who serves as Vice-Chair of CRFWPA.

“We formed this group for one reason: To provide PPE to those in need of it during this COVID-19 outbreak,” said Rebecca Muha . Currently, Pennsylvania has over 58,000 cases. Mercer County has 78 cases and 2 deaths as of May 13th. “We have families, friends, and neighbors who are essential workers in Mercer County who put themselves at risk everyday. We need to protect them. Through these donations, we can limit how the virus spreads and protect our community from an infectious disease.” 

Rebecca founded the nonprofit CRFWPA along with three Mercer County small business owners Chris Hearsey, Chris Tkach, and Gary Hlusko. CRFWPA is working with Setec Astronomy Technologies, a Mercer County disabled veteran owned small business also operating in Ohio, to produce 3-D printed PPE face shields and donate the PPE units to communities in need. 

“Our community is coming together in a global pandemic to protect against the spread of COVID-19,”  said Commissioner Muha. “I fully support the efforts of CRFWPA for their public service. They are taking action to get essential workers the protection they need. My grandfather fought in World War II, and he taught me that to survive a crisis you need to be prepared. I am very worried about what will happen if we don’t get our essential workers the protection they need to keep themselves, their families, and us safe.”

CRFWPA will continue to donate PPE units to local communities as long as there is a need.  The CRFWPA is a Pennsylvania non-profit organization dedicated to providing assistance to communities affected by global pandemic disease. For more information or to support CRFWPA,  visit our website at www.crfwpa.org