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United Way’s Women United Participants Make and Donate 2,000 Masks to Local Healthcare Workers

One of Yuyu Godinez’s favorite quotes is “in the midst of difficulty lies opportunity” from Albert Einstein.

“While COVID-19 is a difficulty, this is our opportunity to show unity, solidarity, humanity and – above all – love,” said Yuyu.

Yuyu is one of 26 Latina women who are part of the Adelante Mujeres (translation: Women Rise Up) financial empowerment and leadership cohort supported by Greater Twin Cities United Way’s Women United giving community.

The Adelante Mujeres cohort is part of a larger nonprofit called CLUES (Comunidades Latinas Unidas en Servicio), which provides culturally relevant programs and services to Latinos. CLUES recently received a grant from Greater Twin Cities United Way via its COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund.

Adelante Mujeres joined with the CLUES community and staff to make 2,000 masks to support local healthcare professionals battling the COVID-19 crisis. The women received materials and instructions on how to make the masks at home, which they recently donated to M Health Fairview Hospitals.

When Yuyu heard about the project, she immediately volunteered.

I thought it was a great idea,” she said. “I believe helping others creates a sense of community. I was happy to contribute, and – as I worked – teach my children that small acts of generosity can change someone’s life.

Women United has funded the Adelante Mujeres cohort at CLUES since it was created two years ago. Sheri McGrath, a donor and member of Women United, was deeply moved by the women’s actions.

“Their resilience and agility supporting a critical need in our community is truly heartwarming,” Sheri said. “These stories bring joy and keep us focused as we continue to honor Women United’s mission to support financial stability for women and early childhood education.”

As part of their funding, Adelante Mujeres receives periodic visits from Women United members as well as a featured presence at events like the Women United Fashion Show in February.

Leaders at M Health Fairview Hospitals said, “We’re so grateful to CLUES for the gift to help protect healthcare workers and our community during this critical time.”

Take Action: To help, donate to the Greater Twin Cities COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund at gtcuw.org/covid19fund or by texting GTCUWCOVID19 to 51555.

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