Area nonprofit plans two ‘Solidarity Drives’ to help healthcare workers feel appreciated
VANCOUVER — Area middle school teacher Jason Hattrick wants to make sure area healthcare workers feel appreciated during the coronavirus pandemic.
Hattrick, founder and CEO of the nonprofit organization Kindness 911, has organized a pair of “Solidarity Drives’’ to help show healthcare workers at Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital and PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center that the community honors them for their efforts during this time.
“We are calling this a ‘Solidarity Drive’ to show our support for our amazing medical professionals but more that whether a member of a medical team, law enforcement, fire or any other first responder … we are in this together,’’ Hattrick said in a news release.
The first of the two events took place Friday evening at Legacy Salmon Creek Hospital. The second will take place Tue., April 7 at 3:30 p.m. at PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center.
“Local law enforcement protects and safeguards the community by upholding and enforcing the law, enhancing public safety through sound correctional practices, and serving the public through effective civil process,’’ Hattrick said. “However, they are taking an additional step into spreading a little kindness across Clark County too!’’
Last year Hattrick, in partnership with Sheriff Chuck Atkins and the Clark County Sheriff’s Office, started using police officers to recognize kindness throughout the community. Kindness 911 arms deputies with “Kindness 911 Citations” so that when they see someone showing kindness, generosity, selflessness or a heart for the community they can present that person with the citation. Now, the recipient of the Kindness Citation goes to Kindness911.org and enters their citation number and when they do, a donation is substantiated on their behalf simply by their act of kindness, to another local nonprofit organization.
On Tuesday, (promptly at 3:30 p.m.) Kindness 911, in partnership with the Vancouver Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies will conduct a “Kindness Sting” at PeaceHealth Southwest. To comply with social distancing guidelines, they will drive around the medical campus with lights on conveying a thank you for a hero’s effort just like they did on Friday at Legacy Salmon Creek.
On Friday, the group started in the front of the hospital so that people could see through all the windows. They then proceeded to go around back past the Emergency Room and ambulance bay so that the Emergency Room staff could step out and be appreciated. Andy Marvitz, of the Ridgefield Police Department, led the processional.