Personal Protective Equipment for Central Coast (PPE4CC) is a movement by people in healthcare and in our communities on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Started by Idea Fab Labs Santa Cruz and Catherine S. Forest, MD,MPH with the encouragement of Encompass Community Services and Santa Cruz & Monterey County Medical Societies, we began to address the emerging shortage of PPE in the non-profit working world of Encompass Community Services workers when the avalanche of requests for help from other workers (residential care, janitors, bus drivers, grocery checkers, medical assistants) and the news from essential shortages from other states led us to try to get ahead of the curve.
Our philosophy is #SaferInPlace yet some people must work out in the community in order for society to function - We need to protect them!
If someone's work requires contact with another person within < 6 ft for greater than 15 minutes of client/patient contact, they should be wearing NIOSH approved PPE, if available. However, as supplies are drying up globally, we seek to innovate and utilize reusable, local materials and crafters to provide best available protection in the context of the global pandemic in the service of our community and in collaboration - radical interdependence.
We are in desperate need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in order to ensure the safety of both healthcare workers and those whose work necessitates them to be out of shelter in the Central Coast area.
Our emphasis is on reuseable and cleanable masks (our website talks about how) and direct contact between donors and recipients. We seek to be collaborative and contribute to radical interdependence as we face the COVID 19 pandemic together.
All donations will be used to pay for materials and assembly of all PPE needs.
Are you able to SUPPORT our efforts with money? Use this GOFUNDME to donate money now.General GOFUNDME
If you have PPE to donate please let us know the type and quantity and we will match the donation to a local Health Care provider in need.DONATE PPE
Please use this form to submit a request for PPE for your facility.REQUEST PPE
Can you help us distribute PPE from donors and makers to health care providers on the front lines?DISTRIBUTE
Idea Fab Labs has designed the "Mass Movement for Making Masks" do-it-yourself construction kit for a 4 layer cotton mask with filter insert pocket to be worn during essential outings and contact with other persons.
Thank you to Sara Mayeno, David Culler, Pete Johnson, Jonna Paiss, Eileen Mov, Chris Maddox, Jacob Lang, Anne Buike, and Dana Peters.