Help the Shortage: Volunteers Needed to Sew Fabric Face Masks

Updated May 27, 2020, 11:58 a.m.

Due to the national shortage of face masks, ProMedica is welcoming fabric masks made by members of our community. Orders for standard disposable masks are on long back orders, due to both demand and supply chain issues. Other hospitals across the country are reporting the same supply concerns.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fabric masks are a crisis response option when other supplies have been exhausted. Due to the limited supply of materials, we appreciate you volunteering your own reserves of materials to help our community.

If you are ill, we want you to focus on your health and well-being. Due to the quick spread of this virus, we ask that you hold off making masks at this time. Also, please remember to maintain social distancing etiquette when making or dropping off masks. We do not want groups of people getting sick.

Use of Masks

These masks are NOT for use during the direct care of a patient whose condition requires a mask. Instead, they will be used in general areas for patients, visitors and nonclinical staff. ProMedica wants to make them available to help keep all employees and our limited visitors safe. The community donation of these masks will enable us to provide masks for everyone in the general areas without depleting the hospital-acquired surgical masks that are needed for patients. All collected masks will be immediately sent to laundry/processing to be prepared for use. Surplus masks will be distributed to local organizations in need.

In accordance with the CDC recommendation, ProMedica is recommending that people wear homemade masks when in public. The general public should use homemade masks and reserve surgical masks and N95s for frontline healthcare workers, who are more at risk.

Details and Instructions

If you are able to sew and willing to help, we thank you for sharing your time and skills! Here’s what you need to know before getting started:

  • Use 100% cotton tightly woven fabric
  • Non-smoking homes only, please.
  • Please remember that both men and women will be using these masks.
  • Email promedica.experience@promedica.org with questions. (Unfortunately we are not seamstresses so our technical advice is limited.)
  • We encourage you to share photos on social media of yourself making fabric masks to build community spirit. Please tag ProMedica and use #hereforyou or send us the photos in a private message.

Mask #1

At this time, we are asking for the men’s size masks. Please use the largest template size available to help with this need.

Instruction Downloads

Mask #2

Instruction Downloads

Mask Collection / Drop Off

Mask collection will take place at following listed locations during the specified times. For the safety of both of our volunteers and staff, we will no longer have face-to-face drop offs at any location. Please utilize the bin or drop box as noted below.

If you have any questions, please email promedica.experience@promedica.org. Please do not call hospitals for information as they are extremely busy with patient calls and may not have the most up-to-date information about mask drop offs.

If you are not registered as a volunteer, please sign up through our online form. We will send you updates as they are available.

Ohio

Bay Park Professional Office Building
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Bin inside doors at Professional Office Building
2751 Bay Park Drive
Oregon, Ohio

ProMedica Memorial Hospital
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Donate masks at info desk, main entrance
715 S. Taft Ave.
Fremont, Ohio

ProMedica Defiance Regional Hospital
Available 24/7
Drop box at Women’s Center Entrance (inside in case of rain)
1250 Ralston Ave.
Defiance, Ohio

ProMedica Health and Wellness Center
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Inside main entrance doorway
5700 Monroe St.
Sylvania, Ohio

Neurosciences Center
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Inside main entrance doorway
2130 Central Ave.
Toledo, Ohio

Levis Commons, Perrysburg Medical Center
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Inside main entrance doorway
1601 Brigham Dr.
Perrysburg, Ohio

Michigan

Monroe Cancer Center
Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m.; Friday 9 a.m. – noon
Tote by front entrance
800 Stewart Road
Monroe, Michigan

ProMedica Bixby Hospital
Monday and Thursday, 9 a.m.- 3p.m.
Bin outside of Grace Chrisman Entrance 
818 Riverside
Adrian, Michigan

ProMedica Coldwater Regional Hospital 
Every day, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Main entrance
274 E. Chicago Street
Coldwater, Michigan

If you live outside of ProMedica’s service area, we encourage you to reach out to your local hospitals, home health care organizations, nursing homes and doctors’ offices to see if they could use the assistance.


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