Help the Shortage: Volunteers Needed to Sew Fabric Face Masks

Updated April 3, 2020, 6:00 p.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.

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.

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.

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.

N95 Face Mask Covers

These covers are for the N95 masks that hospital employees wear in rooms or during certain procedures that require a respirator such as an N95 mask. These washable covers will enable employees to use their N95 masks longer by keeping the front of the mask clean. Being able to extend the life of each N95 mask is very important at this time due to a national shortage of those masks. The donations of this type of mask cover will enable our health system to prolong the use of our current N95 mask supply and keep our frontline healthcare workers safe.

At this time, we are asking for the men’s size N95 mask covers. Please use the largest template size available to help with this need.

Instruction Downloads

Standard Face Mask

Standard face masks will be worn in general areas, not in patient rooms. 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 by staff and visitors. Currently, there is no requirement for masks to be worn in general areas. But, out of an abundance of caution, ProMedica wants to make them available to help keep all employees and our limited visitors safe.

The community donation of this type of 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.

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.
Bin outside main entrance
715 S. Taft Ave.
Fremont, Ohio

ProMedica Fostoria Community Hospital
Mondays and Thursdays, Noon – 2 p.m., 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Entrance 3, near the gift shop, bin in front of entrance doors
501 Van Buren St.
Fostoria, 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

Sanger Branch Library
All day, Monday – Friday
Place masks in a plastic bag and use outdoor book drop
3030 Central Ave.
Toledo, Ohio

Maumee Branch Library
All day, Monday – Friday
Place masks in a plastic bag and use outdoor book drop
501 River Road
Maumee, Ohio

Sylvania Branch Library
All day, Monday – Friday
Place masks in a plastic bag and use outdoor book drop
6749 Monroe St.
Sylvania, Ohio

Washington Branch Library
All day, Monday – Friday
Place masks in a plastic bag and use outdoor book drop
5560 Harvest Lane
Toledo, Ohio

Michigan

Monroe Cancer Center
Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.- 3 p.m. 
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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