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Local groups that have organized:

These are groups of people that are already getting started. If one of these is close to you, reach out and connect with them. If you know of other groups not listed here, reach out and let me know. I'd love to include them here.

  • Beth Eischen Call,  Facebook   Instagram
    Beth is accepting help with fabric cutting, sewing, pickup, and delivery of both supplies and finished masks. See her video tutorial for making rectangular masks. I now have written written instructions to go along with Beth's tutorial which help clarify the assembly process.

  • Nancy Gaus, [email protected]
    I will be following the instructions and patterns for shaped masks as outlined in SUNY Upstate's How to Make Facemasks. I have an alternate version of these instructions available with a different order of operations that might be easier for some to follow. I am using a flat metal strip for the form-fitting nose piece. I will be making a limited supply of nose pieces for local seamstresses in Baldwinsville, although you can use a number of items for the nose piece needed for this mask. There will be a drop off bin on my front porch for finished masks. Please leave your name and contact information with your donation and I'll make sure they get to Upstate.

  • Calico Gals Quilt Shop
    Calico Gals is serving as a drop off site for masks heading for SUNY Upstate. They are also a pick up spot for the metal strip nose pieces that are a popular option to place in form-fitting masks (check in the outdoor drop off bin for these). They are a source for fabric and are now offering Family Mask Project kits. Call (315-445-0617) or email them to arrange pickup of supplies and kits.

  • JoAnn Fabrics
    JoAnn Fabrics is donating fabric and materials to anyone who wants to sew rectangular masks. They have a curbside pickup option for supplies, an instruction video, and they are a collection point for completed masks.

  • Sew Creative
    Sew Creative, in Fairport, New York, is making masks and accepting donations of cotton fabric. They would prefer it cut. Each mask requires a 7 1/2" x 15" cut piece plus a 2" x 6" strip. You can make packs of 10, including ten 7 1/2" x 15" pieces and one 2" x 60" strip. They can be dropped off at the store in Fairport. The store also has a link on its website on how to make these masks.

  • Syracuse University
    Some folks at Syracuse University are also 3D printing masks. They are delivering them to Syracuse Orthopedic Surgeons who are redistributing them to hospitals.

  • Cornell University
    A massive effort is underway at Cornell University in Bartels Hall. See the article in the Cornell Chronicle for more information.

  • University of Rochester has released instructions for sewists in the Rochester area who want to sew masks for Strong Memorial Hospital. The instructions are available here.

  • Oneida Health has posted a request for masks on their website along with instructions for the style of mask they will accept.

  • Onondaga County Libraries
    The Community Library of Dewitt and Jamesville is compiling a list of companies/hospitals requesting 3D printed or maker-made medical gear and equipment. This list is being shared throughout the Onondaga County Library System. Here it is in map form showing locations of Upstate New York hospitals and healthcare centers (Syracuse and beyond) with pending requests.