Concordia University Chicago announced a special delivery of 250 face masks to Holy Family School, a University partner through Chicagoland Lutheran Educational Foundation (CLEF) in Chicago's North Lawndale neighborhood.

Dr. Russell Dawn, Concordia-Chicago president, was on hand Wednesday, Oct. 7 to present the masks for faculty and staff to Dr. Candace Smith, Holy Family’s principal, on behalf of the University’s Alumni Association. “What a joy to experience the feel of Holy Family’s thriving ministry! Today’s visit was a blessing in the midst of these challenging times,” said Dr. Dawn. “I’m proud that CUC alumni and friends have chosen to support and encourage educators like the leaders at Holy Family.”

A CLEF representative expressed appreciation for the donation: “CLEF is proud to support the health and safety of our schools, and we thank the Concordia University Chicago Alumni Association for their dedication to our students as well. Holy Family Ministries is open for in-person learning with all safety protocols in place. This could not be accomplished, and a sense of normalcy from in-person learning could not be achieved, without the use of masks.”

CUC’s Alumni Association launched their “Buy One, Give One” Face Mask Initiative in June to support fellow graduates. Within the first 48 hours, alumni and friends purchased—and shared—more than 100 masks. Proceeds from this initiative provide personal protective equipment to faculty and staff at University partner schools and support current undergraduates through the Gard Student Assistance Fund. Additional “mask drops” will be made in the future.

Founded in 1864 as a Teachers Seminary, Concordia-Chicago has been “teaching teachers” for more than 156 years. As many returned to classrooms this fall, alumni educators became front-line, essential workers of the COVID-19 pandemic.

CUC face masks are still available to purchase online. More information is also available from the Office of Alumni Relations at 888-258-6773 or alumni@CUChicago.edu.