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A mask for every face that needs one

The purpose of this team of volunteers is to mitigate the PPE (personal protective equipment) shortage by providing healthcare workers with homemade PPE to mitigate the risks they experience as they serve on the frontlines of this pandemic.

Volunteer Opportunities

Anybody and everybody can help! We need you! If you want to help, we have meaningful work for you!

Cutters cut the material, wire, and yarn. This is perfect for those that want to help but do not have sewing experience or access to a sewing machine.

Sew-ers sew the material. Sew-ers specialize in either Halyard Masks (for the slightly more experienced sew-er) or Cotton Masks (appropriate for novice Sew-ers).

We also need help manning distribution sites, transporting material, and sourcing the material (cotton, wire, yarn) needed to make the masks.


Sewing Teams

Team Halyard and Team Cotton

Team Halyard makes masks from Halyard H600, which is provided by local hospitals. Halyard is a surgical grade material that can be sterilized and reused. It is resistant to COVID-19. While not as effective as N95 masks, it is more effective than cotton. These masks are distributed to medical workers treating or interacting with infected patients.

Learn more and join Team Halyard

Team Cotton is providing cotton masks to organizations in the community where providers are at high risk of exposure to COVID-19, but caregivers are not actively treating patients with COVID-19.

Learn more and join Team Cotton

Folks who aren't on Facebook can use the contact form to send an inquiry about volunteering.


In-kind Donations

The following items can be donated at any distribution site:

  • 16 or 18 gauge wire (no aluminum, no coating, must be pliable)
  • 100% cotton fabric
  • Acrylic yarn
  • 6-inch hair ties
  • Gallon Ziploc bags
  • Thread
  • Half-inch or smaller fabric ribbon
  • Quarter-inch elastic

Distribution Sites

Distribution sites are where you pick up mask kits to be sewn or drop off completed masks

Norfolk

6200 Monroe Place, Norfolk, VA 23508

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Lynbrook/Virginia Beach

5364 Lynbrook Landing, Virginia Beach, 23462

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Great Neck

1225 Barn Brook Rd, Virginia Beach, 23454

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Chesapeake

812 Pompano Arch, Chesapeake, 23322

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Peninsula

715 Kanawah Run, Yorktown, 23693

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Ghent
Chelsea Bakehouse

1233 W Olney Rd, Norfolk, 23507

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Additional sites are being added! Please check back soon!