Without adequate personal protective equipment (PPE), the health care providers keeping us alive and essential workers keeping our families fed are being put in a very dangerous position, merely by going to work every day. We are asking you to help at whatever level you are able so that we can continue ensuring the health and well-being of those serving our most under-resourced communities.
Over the past several weeks, we have been able to fundraise and distribute 22,000 surgical masks and 200 face shields to Houston, Detroit, Chicago, Oakland, the Tenderloin in SF, and the Lower Rio Grande Valley (TX).
We are asking you to help at whatever level you are able so that we can continue ensuring the health and well-being of those serving our communities.
Our primary focus is on sending FREE PPE to the frontline workers: essential workers in nursing homes, poverty alleviation organizations, pharmacies, cancer clinics, dialysis centers, COVID testing centers, and healthcare providers. We are aiming our efforts at people who could become “superspreaders” should they contract the virus, in order to help contain it.
With control over every aspect of the supply chain, we are able to keep our costs to a minimum. We are entirely a volunteer effort, working tirelessly to do our part, and help those most in need, during these unprecedented times. 100% of your donation goes to purchasing and shipping supplies to our distribution volunteers.
We know times are tough for everyone right now, and the financial future is anything but certain, but we are asking you to join us in our mission to get back out in the world more quickly, by making a contribution to our campaign. Not all heroes wear capes; these days, our heroes wear masks. Let’s work together to keep them safe. That feeling of helplessness we are all feeling, we want to get rid of that and empower you too by sharing part of the solution with your friends, family, and co-workers.
$25: Sponsor an essential worker for a week
$100: Sponsor an essential worker for a month
$500: Captain America level sponsor
$1000: Super(wo)man level sponsor
Please visit our website for more information on our relief effort. If you are an essential worker or employer in need--submit a request on our website. We are here to help!
Who are we?
We are a group of good samaritan volunteers with backgrounds in medicine, advocacy, data science, community organizing, and technology. We are based in every time zone of the United States, with volunteers based in the South, West, East, and Midwest regions. We’ve been working around the clock to get face masks to those who need them most. We have self-funded this effort so far, and now we are ready to scale up our operation with donations from you. You can learn more about our core team here .
1. Are these masks compliant with FDA and CDC guidelines?
Yes. As we work directly with vetted sources, all medical masks we send to healthcare workers have gone through testing and met health and safety requirements according to the Food & Drug Administration (FDA). Some masks we source have not been registered through the FDA but are made to the same specifications and are appropriate for use outside of healthcare facilities. We strictly adhere to guidelines provided by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
2. How secure is your supply chain?
We are working closely with multiple verified suppliers to ensure continuous access to face masks. Through our ongoing partnership with groups such as PPEforHCP, we are able to tap into FDA-registered manufacturers who can mass produce masks in a short period of time. Unlike many other volunteer groups, we have direct access to manufacturing, shipping, clearing customs, and the last-mile delivery to the hands of our frontline healthcare workers.
3. Is my donation tax-exempt? Where does my money go?
Yes, your donation is tax-exempt. We have partnered up with Uprising Theatre, a 501(c)3 non-profit as a fiscal sponsor, making all donations tax-exempt. For every dollar we raise, 100% goes to manufacturing, procurement, shipping, and distributing these masks to the frontline.
4. Who’s receiving these masks?
Our top priority is to send masks to healthcare providers and essential workers in the most under-resourced communities. Our beneficiary includes nursing homes, poverty alleviation organizations, pharmacies, cancer clinics, dialysis centers, and COVID testing centers, as well as to essential workers like grocery employees, police, and delivery drivers, who may not be able to get them otherwise. We are aiming our efforts at groups who could become “superspreaders” should they contract the virus, in order to help contain it.
5. How do we identify the locations and the greatest risks?
We are in daily conversation with a network of manufacturers, distributors, and charitable organizations like ourselves across America. In every “hotspot” community we serve, we create a team of five vetted Local Experts who help us identify specific areas and risks with the most urgent need of masks and other types of PPE.
A Note From Our Fiscal Sponsors:
We are Uprising Theater, a Palestinian American 501(c)3 dedicated to providing a platform to marginalized communities locally and around the country. Typically we work as an innovative arts and performance non-profit, our work gives voice to people of Palestine and others who are marginalized. In the interest of public health theaters are dark, events are canceled, and galleries are closed as we shelter in place to slow the spread of COVID19.
In these unprecedented times, there is an insufficient supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) in the health care sector serving marginalized communities. Uprising Theater is continuing to persue our mission by working with artists, organizers, and health care professionals to mobilize volunteers, raise funds, and send needed supplies to underserved communites. By working with collectives like ProvidePPE, we are helping to fill that gap and help flatten the curve.
We are working with three different organizations including ProvidePPE, to ensure that people working on the front lines, espeically those in underserved communities receive the PPE to remain safe.
We are proud that each initiative we are working with is founded and/or led by women. In addition, we take pride that two of these groups, including ProvidePPE, are lead by Asian American woman. At a time when we are seeing a sharp increase in racism towards the Asian American community, these amazing women have taken the initiative to protect our communities and counter devastating and pervasive anti-Asian American rhetoric.
We aim to raise funds to continue our mission and we strive to heighten awareness to people in need that we have the resources to help.