May We Help volunteers have made and distributed over 3,500 face shields to hospitals and care centers.
And we’re making and distributing 9,000 more!
It all started with May We Help volunteer, Katie Seibert, who wanted to help our community’s healthcare workers stay safe by providing face shields to help offset the shortage.
So, she made a few prototypes and delivered them to a team at Cincinnati’s Drake Hospital. Drake lived with the face shields for 24 hours to ensure that they were functional, durable and withstood regular, rigid cleanings – which they did!
Then came the hard part: sourcing the materials! Katie spent three days scouring Greater Cincinnati for enough elastic, foam, and a specific type of clear plastic. And when she couldn’t find the right type of plastic, Katie drove all the way to Cleveland (nine hours round trip) to get it!
In her search for the right type of foam, Katie contacted May We Help volunteer Gary Wolford, whose company, Thaman Rubber, volunteered to machine cut the sheets of plastic into individual pieces, saving tons of time and ensuring a high-quality finished product!
Next, we organized a Build Day, and eighteen May We Help volunteers assembled 900 face shields, all of which were swooped up by area hospitals and care centers: Drake, Good Sam, Carespring, Nationwide Children’s, Community Behavioral Health, Hamilton County DD, and Cincinnati VA.
Now May We Help is partnered with A&P Technology to make and deliver 12,000 more face shields! A&P purchased all the supplies, and also volunteered to machine cut all the plastic, foam and elastic.
It’s been a true community effort, as A&P’s face shield design has elements provided by one of their customers, Bauer Hockey, plus A&P staff are also assembling face shields, to the tune of over 2,000 in just the last three days!
But that should come as no surprise, as A&P has a history of rising to the occasion in times of national crisis. Check out this timeline and click on 1942.
May We Help’s next Build Day is Sunday, April 19th, and orders from area hospitals are pouring in!
Of course, May We Help doesn’t normally make face shields.
Typically, we design, build and deliver adaptive devices for people with a disability.
Sometimes, a device or technology is all that stands in the way of an individual with a disability achieving independence or pursuing their passion. And when that device or technology is not available in the marketplace, that’s when May We Help volunteers step in.
We are a team of engineers, industrial designers, inventors, welders, woodworkers, seamstresses, doctors, occupational and physical therapists whose skill sets come together to design, build and deliver custom devices at no cost to hundreds of clients every year.
But when the health crisis hit, we pivoted our efforts to helped ensure the ssfety of our area healthcare workers!
Please help support our efforts during this time of need.
We're not sitting back twiddling our thumbs and askng for donations. Instead, we're filling a huge and critical need.
But there is uncertainty in terms of what the future holds in terms of our traditional revenue streams, and your donation will help ensure we meet the needs of healthcare workers today and the needs of our regular clients tomorrow.