Your Partner for a Healthy Community
Frank Kruppa – Public Health Director
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 18, 2020
For media inquiries: Samantha Hillson, 607-274-6600, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mask-Making Volunteer Inquiries and to sign-up: email@example.com
For general inquiries: Call 2-1-1 or 877-211-8667
Tompkins County: Call for Additional Mask-Making Volunteers
(Ithaca, NY – April 18, 2020) – Following the Governor’s Executive Order 202.16, the Tompkins County Health Department is initiating a collaborative effort to produce and distribute cloth masks for essential workers. Essential businesses can request cloth masks for their employees through a process set up by the Tompkins County Emergency Operations Center.
If you are able to volunteer in this mask-making effort, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Health Department is seeking volunteers who:
- Have sewing experience, though we will need additional volunteers for cutting materials and supporting the sewers
- Can provide a sewing machine to the effort for use at the production facility (not required)
- Have not been in close contact with an individual tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 14 days
If someone is unable to volunteer onsite and is interested in volunteering to make masks at home with their own materials, we recommend using this mask sewing technique. Completed masks can be dropped off at the So Sew Many blue boxes around Tompkins County listed below:
- Angelo Dry Cleaners and Laundry at 315 Meadow St., Ithaca
- Alternatives Federal Credit Union at 125 North Fulton St., Ithaca
- Cayuga Heights Village Hall at 836 Hanshaw Rd., Cayuga Heights
- Dryden Town Hall at 93 East Main St., Dryden
- Eddydale Farm Stand at 827 Elmira Rd., Ithaca
- Homespun at 51 East Main St., Trumansburg
- Lansing Town Hall at 29 Auburn Rd., Lansing
- Littlestone Upholstery at 210 West State St., Ithaca
- Tompkins Community Action (patio in back) at 701 Spencer Rd., Ithaca
- Tompkins County Chamber of Commerce at 904 East Shore Dr., Ithaca
Efforts will continue to expand mask availability to the general public as supplies become available. Individuals are encouraged to make their own masks, here’s guidance from the Tompkins County Health Department on the use of cloth masks.
The Tompkins County Health Department extends sincere thanks to the following partners involved; Cornell University, Cayuga Health System, The Tompkins Chamber, Finger Lakes ReUse, Angelo’s Dry Cleaners, So Sew Many, Tompkins Mask Makers, Bryant Mask Makers, and other mask making efforts throughout Tompkins County.
Go to the Tompkins County Health Department website for more information and updates.
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