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Today, the press notice for the DC Mask Protection Initiative came across our inboxes and we wanted to share it, because, lets face it – we all need access to affordable, quality masks:

The idea behind DC Mask Protection, from the founders:

Like many in the DC community, we are concerned about the health of our essential workers and at-risk populations due to the spread of COVID-19. We also recognize that this is a challenging time for local businesses that are under pressure due to the stay-at-home order. So, in an effort to get quality, cloth face masks at no cost to local hospitals, community organizations, and other locations where they are needed most, while also channeling needed capital into the local economy, we are engaging stewards and community leaders within the DC business community to supply this critical demand.

How does the DC Mask Protection Model work?

1.DC Mask Protection initiative is working closely with garment alteration/dry-cleaning shops in DC to pivot and start making quality face-masks to agreed upon specifications. They already have the essential equipment in place and the personnel that can sew professionally!

  1. there is a GoFundMe site to collect donations. These donations will be used to purchase cloth face masks at a fair price from local businesses. Helping the local economy!

  2. The team behind the initative have and continue to canvass the local DC community to identify community organizations, non-governmental organizations, and public and private sector entities that need masks and can distribute them to the essential workers and at-risk populations they serve. There is a high unmet demand city-wide!

  3. Their first order is set to be distributed to St. Elizabeth’s hospital in SE. Curbing the spread of COVID-19 at no cost to vulnerable groups!

  4. We are also looking into partnering with institutions that can provide funding for this initiative, recognizing that the demand for masks may continue into Summer 2020.

Their first order of quality cloth face masks, which is set to be delivered to St. Elizabeth’s hospital in SE, is currently being filled. To produce the masks we are working with Tienda Santa Rosa de Lima in Adams Morgan (a garment alteration shop), a business run by three generations of El Salvadorian women. The purchase of these masks form Tienda Santa Rosa is providing much needed resources to their business that has been struggling since the stay-at-home order was put in place. So far, the initiative has raised nearly $500 (in the last two days) to cover a part of these costs, but hope to really build this up

Help them.

 

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