We've Got you covered

The Mission of Chester County Masketeers is to collect home-made masks from volunteers to be distributed to non-medical essential organizations within the County as well as organizations serving at-risk populations. This program is not designed to accommodate individual needs.

Volunteers deliver donated supplies and completed masks to designated "drop-off" points. Coordinators will pick the masks up and contact the Volunteer Coordinator for delivery instructions.

Administrators determine which organizations qualify to receive masks based on need.

Hard times bring out the

best in people.

We’ve already seen families, groups, and businesses stepping up around the community to help those in need. The Chester County masketeers could use your help!

To help slow the COVID-19 spread, President Trump and Governor Tom Wolf recommend that residents cover their faces whenever they go out in public. 

We are asking our residents to help sew masks for our hardworking essential county employees. The need for masks is growing every day and we could use as many as possible. 

 

Sewing protective medical mask to protect against  Covid-19

When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.”

― Fred Rogers

Hands sewing fabric with machine to make homemade surgical masks due to lack of material during covid-19 coronavirus crisis.

Want to Help us make masks?

rolls of fabrics on the shelves of the haberdashery

Want to donate mask-making supplies?

Dose of hand-made face drapes/masks for fight against SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID-19 disease

Want to volunteer in other ways?

FAQ

you can make a difference

Where will they go?

At first, we were making masks to go to (non-healthcare) essential community workers in Chester County. Our incredible volunteers have been sewing so fast, that we will now be taking requests for masks for community groups. If you know of groups that need masks, please fill out this form.

Can you help my organization get masks?

After we finish making masks for community workers, we can start making masks for organizations. Please contact us and you will be notified when they are available.

Are you making masks for individuals?

Due to the demand, we are only making masks for Chester County employees and groups. We are not making masks for individuals or for sale.

What kind of masks are needed?

We are asking volunteers to make homemade masks out of 100% cotton. Please save surgical masks and N95 respirators for our healthcare heroes.

What do i do after i finish sewing?

Please wash and dry the masks when you’re done, or use a hot iron on the whole mask. Place them in a ziplock bag and write the quantity on the bag. If donating child-sized masks, place them in a separate, labeled bag.

Can I Make a Donation?

We’re looking for 100% cotton fabrics (old t-shirts work!), other fabrics for cutting strips for ties (lycra works great!), thread, elastic, shoelaces, soft string, and sewing supplies (pins, sewing needles, scissors). Please drop donations off at any one of our drop-off sites here. If you want to donate or need a sewing machine, contact us.

What should they look like?

Please follow the CDC face mask guidelines. You'll need fabric (100% cotton is most effective), fabric ties, scissors, a sewing machine or a needle and thread.

Where should the finished masks go?

To donate masks for county employees and community groups, please drop off the masks at a dropoff location. Each site has a dedicated coordinator assigned to pick up and distribute to pre-designated locations.

Can I donate money?

We are not currently taking monetary donations. We are working with local stores to purchase donation kits. Please check back for updates.

WILL SUPPLIES BE PROVIDED?

Supplies are available at our pick-up/drop-off locations here. If the supply bin is empty, contact us.

How can I help if i can't sew?

Plenty! We need people to coordinate supply transportation, cut fabric, organize donations and volunteers, and get the word out. Please contact us if you want to help.

Want an easy way to help?

Share our project! The more you share, the more masks we make, and the more lives we can save.

Disclaimer

The handcrafted cloth face covers are not a replacement for medical grade personal protective equipment, such as N95 masks. If you are unsure whether you should be using medical grade protective equipment, you should contact a health care professional for guidance.

Nothing on this page is intended to be medical advice.  This page does not intend to state that the handmade cloth face covers will prevent the transmission of any disease or prevent the wearer from being infected by any disease, and there is no warranty or guarantee of the same.  Please see the most current CDC and Pennsylvania Department of Health guidance for information regarding the use of face covers.

In addition, the handcrafted face cover should not replace any other recommendations regarding the stopping or slowing of any illness, including COVID-19, provided by the CDC or the Pennsylvania Department of Health.  The handcrafted cloth face cover should be washed before the first use, and may be washed after each use.

If you would like to help participate in our project, please join our group and join the conversation.

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Let's see those

Masketeers in action

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Drop off sites