Rosehip Medic Collective has donated 300 individual bottles of hand sanitizer to Meals on Wheels People volunteers. Members of the collective have been produced more than 2,000 individual bottles of sanitizer in the last 10 days, using some ingredients donated from a local chemistry lab and some purchased through money donated for the project. Sanitizer is freely given to those in need, prioritizing people with limited access to running water either by their living situation, their essential job functions (such as Trimet drivers), or their volunteer work such as Meals on Wheels People. The hand sanitizer will be donated on Wednesday, March 25, at 2 p.m. at the Q Center, 4115 N Mississippi.
“We are extremely grateful for this donation,” said Meals on Wheels People CEO Suzanne Washington. “We have nearly 500 volunteers out delivering Meals on Wheels every weekday to frail, homebound seniors and the hand sanitizer allows them to clean their hands between deliveries when soap and water is not available.”
“The Rosehip Medic Collective works with underserved and marginalized communities,” said Ryan of the Collective, who did not wish to share his last name. “We heard Meals on Wheels People volunteers needed hand sanitizer and we had the ability to make it and donate it. Now we’re trying to raise enough funds to make enough for all of their volunteers.”
Donations to the Rosehip Medic Collective can be made at https://www.paypal.com/paypalme2/ryanmedic?locale.x=en_US. Donations to Meals on Wheels People can be made at mowp.org/donate.
About Meals on Wheels People: Meals on Wheels People has been changing lives, one meal at a time, since 1970. We provide more than a meal to thousands of older adults in the greater Portland metro area. Our service not only alleviates hunger and social isolation, but allows seniors to live independently with dignity in their own homes. Aging in place reduces depression, falls and hospitalization as well as the high cost of institutional care. For more information, visit: mowp.org.
About Rosehip Medic Collective: The Rosehip Medic Collective is a group of volunteer street medics and health care activists active in Portland, Oregon. We provide first aid and emergency care at protests, direct actions, and other sites of resistance and struggle. We also train other street medics and put on community wellness trainings. We believe in democratizing health care knowledge and skills, in reducing our community’s dependence on corporate medicine, and that strong networks of support and care are essential to building a sustainable, long-term movement for collective liberation. We are working to create one facet of the healthy and diverse infrastructure we see as necessary if we are to build another world. Our group includes EMTs, nurses, Wilderness First Responders, herbalists, teachers. and more. To request our group’s support at an action or event, for general information and questions, or to ask about our trainings, please email us at [email protected].