MASK UP DAYTON

Mask Up Dayton is a project hosted by the Dayton Sewing Collaborative.  The purpose of the project is to make and donate masks to healthcare and human services organizations throughout the Dayton region.  To date over 9,000 masks have been distributed as result of the project.
 

For Non-Profits + Businesses

We are coordinating efforts to produce masks for our frontline healthcare professionals, non-profits and other businesses during this trying time navigating the COVID-19 global pandemic. 

Masks are available at no cost. 

West Dayton Outreach - Individuals

The Mask Up Dayton – West Dayton Outreach is a spin-off project whose purpose is to provide FREE face masks to individuals and organizations in the community that are being most impacted by the Covid-19 virus. The intent is to provide masks to people that have the greatest need or may not have resources to get masks.

The Mask Up Dayton – West Dayton Outreach project is being coordinated by local entrepreneur, Chalance Williams, owner of EPIC Lifestyle Brand and The Sleeve Man.  

Click the button below to go to the Mask Up Dayton - West Dayton Outreach Request page.

For Volunteer Sewists

We have kits available for pickup for volunteers sewing masks. Register using the button below, and see updates below. Masks received from volunteer sewists are distributed to healthcare and human services organizations at no cost. 
**MASK UP DAYTON UPDATE 7/04/2020**

Yikes, time got away from me….I didn’t realize it had been so long since the last update!  Here’s the updating leading into July….

Things had slowed down a bit, but we’re seeing another surge in request for masks in the past few weeks.  We’re so thankful for all the volunteers that continuing to pick up kits and make masks week after week.  This results of this project has exceeded anything we could have imagined when we started up in late-March.  As of today, we have made and donated 9,040 masks!  

Worth mentioning since it is the 4th of July, over 2,300 masks were donated to the Dayton VA Medical Center. We provided masks across the community.... from childcare facilities to senior living communities; from veterans to active duty military reserves; from churches to correctional facilities; from hungry people visiting food pantries to food service workers providing meals to school children and everything in between. 

Taking it to the people:  We've recognized a need to focus distribution of masks to individuals in segments of the community that are being heavily impacted by COVID-19....specifically people living in poverty, people that may not have access or resources to masks and Black and other minority groups  If you know anyone that needs a mask, please submit a request by going to DaytonSewing.com click on the West Dayton Outreach – Individual Requests you’ll be routed to The Sleeve Man website to submit a request https://thesleeveman.com/pages/mask-up-dayton.  People do not have to live in West Dayton or be a minority to request a mask!

Masks for Kids:  We need masks for kids!  We have kits made up if you are interested in making kids masks.  We’re making two sizes of kid's masks: small for 2 – 8-year-old (cut size 5” x 7’) and a larger size for 8+ year old (cut size 6” x 8”).  The only other change is that we are using two layers of cotton and make two pleats/folds instead of three.  Update on single-layer flannel masks for kids: after more research, we’ve decided to scrap the idea of making single-layer masks. 

Kits – Kits for adult and kids' masks are available at the Front Desk at the Goodwill Easter Seals building, 660 S. Main St, Dayton, OH 45402  The Front Desk is open from 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Weekdays or Saturdays at the Mask Up Dayton Drive Thru from 11 a.m. – Noon. 
Drop off completed masks – Please continue to bring the completed masks to the Front Desk at the Goodwill Easter Seals building.  Please put completed masks are in a sealed or tied plastic bag. 
Requesting Masks:  
Non-profits, businesses and individuals can request for masks above 

Please let us know if there are any questions.  Thank you!


**MASK UP DAYTON UPDATE May 7th, 2020**
It's not "We Can Do It!"; it's "We Are Doing It!" 

So many good things going on, it's hard to know where to start.... 

Today we donated 1,200 masks to the VA Medical Center. That's right One Thousand Two Hundred masks! From request to fulfillment....17 days....that's an average of 70 masks A DAY made by our generous team of volunteers. I wanted to give a shout-out to the Miami Valley Quilters Guild whose members jumped into this project in a big way making over 700 masks on their own. Community collaboration? This is what it looks like. And we're just getting started....it's our goal to provide at least 100 masks a week to the VA Medical Center. Who wants to help? 

Another spin-off project we're proud to announce is Mask Up Dayton — West Dayton Outreach. When we heard of the significant impact of Covid-19 on minorities of out community, we knew we had to do something. We reached out to local entrepreneur, Chalance Williams, who has stepped up to coordinate the West Dayton Outreach. The DSC team of volunteers will be making the masks and Chalance and a team of volunteers will be distributing masks. The intent is to provide masks to people that have the greatest need or may not have resources to get masks. The difference with the West Dayton Outreach project is that Individuals can requests masks. You do not need to be a minority or live in West Dayton to request a mask. 

The Mask-Up Dayton Drive-Thru will be open again this Saturday from 11 a.m. — Noon. You'll be able to drop off completed masks and pick up kits to make masks. The drive-thru is at the main entrance of the Goodwill-Easter Seals building, 660 S. Main St., Dayton 45402. (the main entrance is on the opposite side of the building from Main St.). We hope you'll stop by this Saturday) Who knows, you may get a KISS! 
Thank you to everyone that has been dropping off completed masks! The total masks donated as of today is.....4,640 !! Kits for another 3000 masks are in the hands of volunteers, so more to come! 

Kits — Kits will be available at the Front Desk at the Goodwill Easter Seals building, 660 S. Main St, Dayton, OH 45402
The Front Desk is open from 8 a.m. —4:30 p.m. Weekdays or the Mask Up Drive-Thru on Saturdays 11 — noon.
Each kit contains supplies to make at least 20 masks.
Drop off completed masksPlease continue to bring the completed masks to the Front Desk at the Goodwill Easter Seals building. Please put completed masks are in a sealed or tied plastic bag.
Requesting Masks: Non-profits, businesses and individuals can request for masks using the buttons above this update.

Please let us know if there are any questions. Thank you! 

**MASK UP DAYTON UPDATE APRIL 19th, 2020**
It's not "We Can Do It!"; it's "We Are Doing It!" 

Wow! What a week! As some of you know, we officially ran out of elastic and kits on Thursday. The 7,500 yards of elastic we had ordered is in shipping limbo somewhere between Dayton and China. Then an email arrived asking if we needed any 1/4" elastic...

An amazing company located in Loveland, The Elastic Band Company, contacted us out of blue with a sizeable donation of elastic. Enough elastic to make over 5,000 masks!

They said they had been looking for "the right place" to make the donation and had been following us on Facebook and decided the Dayton Sewing Collaborative's Mask Up Dayton project was "the right place."

The timing of this donation is unbelievable....call it divine intervention, karma or a happy coincidence, but it's left me stunned. So we're off and running with making up kits again! 

Thank you to everyone that has been dropping off completed masks! We've been filling requests as quickly as the masks come in. Some of the organizations that masks have been donated to: 445th Squadron (deploying to NY to help with crisis); Beavercreek Township Fire Department; Public Health Mont. Cty. / Emergency Operations; House of Bread Food Pantry; Hearth Place Food Pantry; Kettering Health Network; Preschool Promise; Dayton Public School (food service and essential workers); multiple assisted living facilities and retirement homes....just to name a few. 

Over 2,100 masks have been completed and donated. Over 2,000 masks are in process by volunteers that picked up kits. Thousands more masks are in the process of being made by community volunteers that are using their owns supplies. 

Kits — Kits will be available at the Front Desk of the Goodwill Easter Seals building at 660 S. Main St. The Front Desk is open from 8 a.m. — 4:30 p.m. Weekdays. Each kit contains supplies to make at least 20 masks. Please leave your name and contact info so we can stay in touch. If you're a fast sewist or working with a group and would like a kit for 100 masks, please let us know DaytonSewing@gmail.com
Drop off completed masks — Please continue to bring the completed masks to the Front Desk at the Goodwill Easter Seals building, 660 S. Main St, Dayton, OH 45402. We will make sure the masks get to where they need to go. Please put completed masks are in a sealed or tied plastic bag.
Fabric Donations — The biggest need right now is for flannel.  Please wash the fabric before donating. Fabric can be dropped off at the Front Desk at the Goodwill Easter Seals building
Register as a Volunteer: If you haven't already done so, please go to our website DaytonSewing.com and register as a volunteer! This will make it easier for us to keep track and communicate with volunteers.
Requesting Masks:  Organizations and businesses can submit requests for masks at our website www.DaytonSewing.com Click on the Mask Up Dayton — Request Masks Here button above. Request should be submitted by a primary point of contact for the entire organization.

We are unable to accept request for masks from individuals.

Please let us know if there are any questions. Thank you! 
Brenda Rex, Executive Director Dayton Sewing Collaborative

**MASK UP DAYTON UPDATE APRIL 17th, 2020**
We are temporarily out of kits! Will have more Monday.

**MASK UP DAYTON UPDATE APRIL 13, 2020**
Thank you to everyone who has been dropping off completed masks! I'm overwhelmed every time I look in the bin at the Front Desk and see all the colorful masks ready to be distributed to the community! Also, a big thank you to those of you that have been donating flannel. One day last week we received an 88-yard donation of washed flannel from one generous couple!

Everyone loves the numbers, It's not "We Can Do It!"; it's "We Are Doing It!"

Over 1,500 masks have been completed and donated. More than 2,000 masks are in process by volunteers that picked up kits. Thousands more masks are in process of being made by community volunteers that are using their own supplies. The generosity of everyone involved is amazing! We're so honored to be part of this with all of you!"

There are several other updates you need to be aware of: 

[see April 19 update above]

Please let us know if there are any questions! Thank you. 
Brenda Rex, Executive Director Dayton Sewing Collaborative

**MASK UP DAYTON UPDATE APRIL 10, 2020**

With over 80 volunteer sewists mobilized in the community, we've coordinated production and distribution of over 1,300 masks. There are 1,700 more masks in process via take-home kits we've produced. 

 

Contact

During the current Stay-at-Home order, we ask that you use our two forms to request masks, or register to volunteer, before contacting us via email.

Our space is located inside the Goodwill Easter Seals of Miami Valley Headquarters on S Main St. The open lobby entrance is accessed from the parking lot side of the building. 
 

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The Dayton Sewing Collaborative is a 501(c)3 organization. 

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660 S Main St
Dayton OH 45402
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daytonsewing@gmail.com
(937) 476-1455
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