MaskForce has secured 90k+ pieces of PPE and is delivering them directly to frontline health care professionals.
⇛ Triage for the PPE shortage
The RETI Center's Mask Force initiative is a platform for PPE campaigns throughout the US. Through our network, we're now helping bring PPE to seven cities, with more on the way. Read our UPDATES for more information.
⇛ Fast and continuous PPE sourcing
We leverage our supply chain and connections with larger partners to source high quality PPE fast. Our supply chain is set-up so PPE is constantly coming and being made available for those that need it most.
⇛ Factory-to-face delivery
We deliver directly to medical workers at hospitals within the NYC-metro area and ship throughout the US. Our team of volunteers, in partnership with #NYCPPE, delivers the amount and type of PPE needed directly to healthcare professionals on the frontlines.
Mask Force provides frontline medical workers with high-quality personal protective equipment, delivered directly to medical workers at hard-hit hospitals and clinics.
The country’s health care workers are the most essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Their selfless work saves lives, but despite regular exposure to the virus, they are left chronically under-protected. Masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE) are the key to keeping medical providers safe, and preventing further spread of the virus. Forced to work without proper PPE, some doctors and nurses have already become infected. When a healthcare worker becomes sick, not only does it harm them and their families, but it results in less capacity within the already severely-strained medical system.
While government and large philanthropic organizations are working to source large quantities of medical supplies, it takes too long for these supplies to actually reach the people who need them now. The core problem Mask Force has identified is a disconnect between large-scale suppliers, freight services, centralized hospital administration, and the frontline medical staff who have an urgent need for comparatively small quantities of PPE.
Mask Force is positioned as the ‘triage’ solution, delivering fast and direct to healthcare workers with immediate needs. Within less than 1.5 weeks of starting, Mask Force delivered 8,000 masks directly to over 15 public hospitals and healthcare centers. More PPE is sourced on a weekly basis and is immediately brought to those who need it.
HOW WE DO IT
Mask Force fast-tracks supplies and keeps costs down by managing each step of the process. Leveraging our overseas manufacturing connections, they have sourced large quantities of FDA-approved, high-quality medical supplies. Once supplies reach their destination, vigilant MaskForce volunteers pick them up and distribute them directly to medical providers. If needed, they have a local warehouse to repackage bulk shipments.
USE OF FUNDS
The Mask Force campaign is an initiative of NYC-based RETI Center — a 501(c)3 nonprofit born out of Superstorm Sandy with a mission to build resilient communities. Contributions are tax-deductible, and go directly to the purchase and delivery of medical supplies
WHO WE ARE
Mask Force is a group of volunteer entrepreneurs, designers, activists, and supply chain specialists who have come together to ask for your support in addressing the critical shortage of supplies plaguing medical facilities. We have been shocked by the lack of protection given to our medical professionals. Doctors and nurses are desperately pooling their own money, scouring the black market for supplies, and even reduced to wearing bandanas as protective equipment. We realized this burden is too great for medical workers and their families to carry on their own. So we got to work.
Mask Force is a member of RETI Center's Rapid Resilience Platform, whose other partners include Last Mile, Masks for Midwives, and NM PPE. We work in collaboration with many other campaigns across the country.
TIMELINE & FUNDING
How much PPE can we buy if we hit our goal?
Our current procurement rate is $2-4/mask, delivered, and we are working to source other types of PPE as needed. So far we have sourced 73,000 masks and 1,800 face shields, and have already delivered 20,000 of these to frontline medical workers.
When and where can they be delivered?
Efficiency is one of our top priorities — time is the most essential factor when dealing with exponential spread. We currently have new PPE arriving on a weekly basis, and are delivering it as it becomes available.
We deliver on the ground in the NYC metro-area and in Boston through a mobilized team of volunteers. This team confidentially delivers PPE directly to healthcare workers. We are also with with Rapid Resilience partners to ship to locations across the country, including Miami, New Mexico, Arizona and southern-New Jersey.
Where will the masks be delivered?
We have already delivered to ~30 hard-hit health clinics and public hospitals in the NYC-metro area, and are shipping PPE directly to hospitals and clinics around the country. If you want some or all of your donation to benefit a particular facility we’ve listed, please include the facility name in your donation comment.
Can I direct resources to a hospital of my choosing?
If there is a specific facility you want to nominate for receiving PPE, please include it in your donation's comment section.