By Jaime Vining
Locally, various organizations across Coral Springs have joined forces to get masks in the hands — or on the faces — of vulnerable residents in need.
Recognizing that COVID-19 has created unprecedented challenges to individuals and governments, the Ismaili Community of Florida organized a group of intergenerational I-CERV volunteers to source and produce critically necessary reusable face coverings.
I-CERV, which stands for Ismaili Community Engaged-in Responsible Volunteering, is a volunteer organization committed to sharing the time, knowledge, and resources of its membership for the improvement of the quality of life of the community at large.
These volunteers spent countless hours standing in lines to procure the best available materials, cut, sew, and assemble reusable masks to support the most vulnerable members of our communities during the pandemic.
Crystal Boudreau, president of Students United Network, collected over 600 of the hand-sewn masks and coordinated with Coral Springs City Hall for the community project.
“Giving back to the community felt right and needed in the time we are in today,” said Boudreau. “There’s a need for unity now in the community, and giving out mask was just the way to do it.”
Coral Springs Mayor Scott Brook, who founded the Youth Innovation Table, was pleased with the results.
“I’m happy that I could play a small role in connecting people in need with a resource provided by such a caring organization,” he said.
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Jaime Vining is a Florida native, but recent Parkland transplant. By day, she is a Florida Bar-certified Intellectual Property attorney, adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law, and an avid blogger.
Prior to earning her law degree, Jaime was a featured journalist for publications like the Orlando Sentinel and aXis Magazine.
Jaime is also a mom to two little boys and you will regularly find her running early mornings at Pine Trails Park trying to keep up with them.
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