Request Masks

We are a mutual aid effort organized to offer masks to anyone in need -- essential workers, health care, educational facilities, city employees, volunteer groups, libraries, schools faith and community based organizations.  Requests for smaller quantities are generally able to be fulfilled more quickly than others.  

If you prefer delivery, in the comments, please list your business hours and security protocols.   If you are not set up to receive delivery nights and weekends, we have a preference for in-person pick up of masks, so that we don't have to risk leaving them unattended.   

 

As you distribute masks to those in your community, we are pleased to offer the following suggested distribution and safety and care instructions, in English and En Español.

The below button relies on Google forms, which some employers block. Having trouble loading? You can also email us at sewfacemasks at gmail.com

2021 DEC UPDATE -- As has always been noted in our Safety Wear & Care tab -- our masks primarily function as source control, particularly when combined with other intervention measures, and are not intended for high-risk interactions, where proper PPE should be worn.  As we return to spending prolonged periods of time indoors at full capacity, universal masking is not always practiced, and the strains have become more infectious -- a stand-alone fabric mask will offer insufficient protection.  High-risk situations (i.e. any indoor public setting, particularly in small rooms with poor ventilation and no HEPA filters), and particularly during a time of high community transmission) will require an N95 (adult sizes only), FFP2, KF94 ​will need to be worn to offer sufficient protection.  

If you are unable to obtain one, contact us at sewfacemasks at gmail so we can try to source one via ProjectN95, which vets their authenticity. 

In the meantime, consider limiting your interaction indoors and avoid crowds, and practice double-masking by using a disposable earloop mask underneath (if available).

As always -- please wear the most protective mask which you can access, that fits, and that you are able to comfortably wear and breathe through for the duration of time you spend indoors with others outside the household. 

And if you need fabric masks for outdoor use or as part of double-masking, we're here for you as well.

Other mask options:

If your need is immediate, wear earloop disposable masks if available.  As a last resort, temporary no-sew options are possible, as well, while we do our best to fill your request.  

In addition, if you have the financial means to do so, we also encourage the support of local sewists who support SFMP!  Please find links to their Etsy stores here: Bee Balm Workshop, Philly High FiberHey Hani Studio , and MLNW.   (If you donate to us and also have an etsy store, please contact us and we would love to list it here, as well!).   Obtaining masks from these sources, also allows a greater supply of face masks to be available to those more in need and with fewer resources. 

 

Also, while we are not able to directly fulfill requests for 75 masks or more through volunteer efforts and home sewing machines, we have partnered with a reduced cost vendor for commercially manufactured cloth masks for $1.50 at Ee Dee Trim 

Please note, for 501(c)(3) organizations, grant funding may be available to facilitate the purchase from these manufacturers or Etsy stores.

Large Request Due Diligence Form

While we are unable to personally handle larger requests at this time, we do want to make available a needs assessment due diligence form, the completion of which could help facilitate such interaction. The form could be used by requesting entities to provide additional details to support their need, when making requests into another volunteer group or foundation -- or by the volunteer group, foundation or government entity in evaluating such larger requests.   Form is sole property of Sew Face Masks Philadelphia; use is welcome with prior permission.