Providing PPE for Pueblo, Navajo, and New Mexico Communities
WHO WE ARE
We are a small group of local New Mexico professionals, artists, educators, and activists volunteering to get much needed Personal Protective Equipment to New Mexico healthcare workers, tribal members and patients in communities where the need is greatest.
Debra Anderson, Filmmaker email@example.com
Jan Brooks, non-profit activist
Carnell Chosa (Jemez Pueblo), Attach Your Heart Foundation
Anne Haven McDonnell, Associate Professor IAIA
Anita Iovino, retired RN with 46 years experience
Eileen Olivieri, Filmmaker
A COALITION OF RESPONDERS
PPE NM is collaborating with the RETI (Resilience, Education, Training and Innovation) Center Rapid Resilience Initiative, a broad network of volunteer campaigns from North America that are supporting healthcare professionals wherever COVID-19 threatens their health. Together we are delivering essential PPE to medical personnel at hard-hit hospitals and clinics.
The country’s health care workers are on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. They save lives yet face ongoing supply shortages, a problem that threatens their lives! PPE is essential to keeping medical providers safe and functions to prevent the spread of the virus. When a healthcare worker becomes sick, not only does it harm them and threaten the health of their families, but it results in the loss of capacity within an already severely strained medical system.
SUPPLY SHORTAGE OF PPE
The major challenge across the United States and within all Indian Country is the ability to secure PPE (ie. gloves, N95 masks, shields, booties, gowns, hand sanitizer) essential for safely caring for patients with the highly contagious COVID-19. This shortage is dire in urban hot spots like NYC, as well as hospitals and clinics in New Mexico. The virus has spread rapidly through the Navajo Nation and to New Mexico’s Pueblos. There is great need for PPE in these Native communities.
WHAT WE DO
PPE NM works in partnership with larger organizations, collectively ordering PPE directly from vetted suppliers including 3M and Honeywell in the US. These critical supplies are then provided directly to local health care workers and New Mexico’s hospitals and clinics and tribal communities with the greatest need.
We leverage connections with our larger NY partners to source FDA, CDC, or NIOSH approved protective masks at about half the cost.
HOW WE DO IT
While government and philanthropic organizations are collecting medical supplies, it takes a long time for those supplies to reach the people in need. Our partners carefully vet suppliers and fast-track PPE, keeping costs down by aggregating individual campaigns into a unified PPE-purchasing collective. This makes it possible to source large quantities of approved PPE. In our first two shipments, PPE NM has arranged to have neary 4000 pcs. of N95, KN95 masks, and face shields shipped to Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, Chinle’s Comprehensive Healthcare Facility (Navajo) and the Pueblos of Zia San Felipe, Jemez, Santo Domingo, Cochiti and Acoma. An order of masks will be on its way soon to Santa Fe to be distributed directly to health care providers working in this area.
USE OF FUNDS
The Project PPE New Mexico campaign is an initiative of the 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 for the purchase and delivery of high caliber PPE. 5% of contributions go to support the RETI Center's administrative costs and RETI has worked to reduce any transaction fees. Efficiency is a top priority. With the exception of a small number of administrative support staff, RETI is an all-volunteer organization and all donations are 100% tax deductible.
THANK YOU TO MASK and SANITIZER DONORS!
Thank you so much to generous donors who contributed supplies of masks and sanitizer. The Fountain Project Foundation in San Francisco contributed 10,000 surgical masks and Doni Shepard and Patrick Chang in North Carolina arranged for a contribution of 500 cloth masks that Project PPE NM distributed. Tumbleroot Brewery in Santa Fe donated a gallon of sanitizer for every gallon we bought from them. It was a huge contribution that was gratefully recieved by our recipients and we loved partnering with Tumbleroot. Christina Traugott in New York donated childrens masks and great advice.
THANK YOU TO OUR FIRST DONORS!
Thank you so much to the early donors to Project PPE for New Mexico whose generosity is already making a difference in communities on the ground. We would also like to thank MaskForceNYC for inviting us to use their funding site while we created our own GoFundMe. We’d like to extend our gratitude to these early donors: Kathryn Sipowicz, B Parsons, Jan Brooks, Alice van Buren, Mariel Nanasi, Lisa Oppenheimer, Sandra Anderson, Mary Ann Bennett, Paula Kim, Elizabeth West, Leslie Lakind, Marilyn and Ed Winter-Tamkin, Lynn McKelvey and Glenn Dickter, Esther Kovari, Lisa Cummings and Allen Andraski, John T. Ratliff, Wendy Volkmann, Nomi Green, Sherry Snyder, Michelle Delon, Ali MacGraw, Jamey Stillings and Esha Chiocchio, Cameron Duncan, Lucia Duncan, Lucy Lippard, Lisa Burns, Pamela Epple, Betsy Baur and Juliet Stavely, Alison Kuller, Mimi Roberts, Nancy Sutor, Terry Schumeier, Tad Dale, Brenda Ruttenberg, Lane Coulter, Fred and Merry Cosandey, Caitlin McHugh, Margo Conover, Louise Baum and anonymous donors. Thank you for your generosity! (If you contributed and you don't see your name here, please let us know, its possible you didn't write NM in the comments.)
Photo Credits: Thank you to Kewa Pueblo for clinic photos, Pueblo of San Felipe for photo of shipment arriving, Pueblo of Acoma for photo of first responders, Shutterstock, volunteers from MaskForceNYC for pics of our first contributions being shipped, and poster artwork by Jeremy Collins