Chinese American Non-Profit Donates Masks for DCHS Staff Serving High Risk Clients

Page updated on Apr 15, 2020 at 4:04 PM

CCCAA DonationOn March 30, the Department of Community and Human Services (DCHS) received a donation of 400 masks for staff from the Coordination Council of Chinese American Associations (CCCAA), a non-profit organization in the Greater Washington Area.

The 700-person DCHS was one of 12 hospitals, medical centers and public health organizations in the DMV region that applied for and received mask donations. 

The masks were distributed according to Virginia Health Department guidance to health care staff including residential counselors, social workers, nurses and doctors who are in close contact with high risk clients.  Staff work with individuals who are homeless and people with a range of underlying conditions through activities like crisis intervention, bathing and support in daily living, and providing medication or injections. 

DCHS Director Kate Garvey expressed gratitude to CCCAA for their donation. “We thank them for their generosity to DCHS staff and the populations we serve.”

CCCAA stated objectives include promoting cultural harmony among all ethnic groups and making contributions to the general good of society. With the outbreak of COVID-19, the non-profit has been working to create opportunities for volunteerism aligned with health guidance and to raise funds and make supplies available to health-care facilities across the region. To learn more, visit

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