Thank you for considering supporting this campaign. We are heartened by the time, resources, and energy our volunteers have spent on making sure our front line healthcare workers are taken care of during this pandemic. So many people have stepped up to share their love and labor to get us to where we are now. It’s been a wild ride so far, and we’re just two weeks in!
We are raising funds to purchase materials to print 3D face shields for front line healthcare workers, and to help reimburse the costs of collecting, assembling, cleaning, and distributing these shields out to those workers.
We will be using the fund to buy supplies for our makers, including 3D printing filaments, elastic bands, and face shield material, as well as to reimburse material purchase expenses already made on behalf of the group. By buying in bulk, we can get the best pricing, and help makers keep printing who might not otherwise be able to continue purchasing and donating their own materials. We will also use these funds to reimburse driving costs of our gang of "road warriors" who collect and distribute the printed shields.
Our current costs are roughly $1 per shield in supplies, though we're looking at options to reduce this cost further.
Since all our makers are based in Washington State, we have been focused on supplying PPEs to the doctors here. However, we recognize that there are dire needs across the country and we have received requests from medical providers in our networks outside of Washington. We are looking now at where we can help outside WA, whether by sharing knowledge, or sharing resources or supplies.
The group behind this effort is a diverse coalition of helpers, mostly from the greater Seattle region. Most of us didn’t know each other before this group brought us together. Many of us work in technology at local companies like Amazon, Microsoft, and Boeing. This group has grown very quickly – from nothing to nearly 400 members in just two weeks. It’s been quite the roller coaster!
You can help in several ways:
Thank you for considering giving to this campaign!