Written by Li-Chia Chang & Sabrina Lin
Edited by Dilber Shatursun
Since the outbreak of COVID-19, the Tzu Chi’s Seattle chapter office has been actively reaching out to those who are in need of food, hygienic supplies, air purifiers, clothing, and facial coverings. This includes members of Tzu Ching, Tzu Chi’s collegiate corps, at the University of Washington (UW), where alumna Cindy knew of a need from a professor at UW.
Dr. Jody Early has been a key contributor of El Proyecto Bienestar, or the Well-Being Project. Its objective: to examine and address sexual harassment as an occupational health hazard among the Washington agricultural workforce. Now, they were looking for personal protective equipment, or PPE. Cindy encouraged her to reach out to Tzu Chi Seattle for help.
Sending Love to Farms
On July 25, Tzu Ching volunteers Sabrina Lin and Ming Zhong, as well as Tzu Chi volunteer Her-Kait Seet, met with Dr. Early to donate 2,000 surgical masks and 1,000 reusable cloth masks. They also brought a letter from the CEO of Tzu Chi USA and some Tzu Chi publications.
Sabrina Lin reviewed and explained the items with Dr. Early, in addition to introducing the Tzu Chi Foundation and the work that Tzu Chi does. Ming also elaborated on the programs that Tzu Ching at UW is running locally in the Seattle area. Dr. Early expressed her appreciation of Tzu Chi and its volunteers.
The PPE donation would benefit farmers in Yakima, WA, located in the Yakima Valley which is known for its wineries and apple orchards. Given the seasonal nature of the work, many do not traditionally qualify for benefits and, more often than not, are undocumented. A donation like this from Tzu Chi would show a small token of love to those otherwise overlooked.
After the experience, Sabrina shared some of her thoughts: