The COVID-19 pandemic has depleted worldwide supplies of essential Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that keep our healthcare workers and first responders safe. They are on the front lines, putting themselves at risk to keep us safe. The PPE is desperately needed to ensure they can continue to treat and protect us.
The Lacey MakerSpace, Arbutus Folk School, and South Salish Mighty Masks have joined forces to unite the maker community and make an impact. We are thankful for the many volunteers that are in their homes selflessly sewing, 3D printing, and assembling kits to give to those battling COVID-19.
What We Are Doing
We’re joining together as a community of volunteers and donors making PPE for those who need it most in Thurston County and beyond:
- Healthcare Workers who need 3D-printed face shields
- First Responders who need face masks with filters
- Frontline Organizations and Workers who need cloth masks
Sign up to put your skills to use helping our front line responders. For current volunteers, find instructions at the links below.
Want to donate materials? There's a shortage right now of PETG filament for the 3D printers, filters for face masks, and elastic. If you can help, email [email protected].
A Response Partnership
Arbutus Folk School
The Arbutus Folk School is a 501(c)3 non-profit based in Olympia, Washington. Our philosophy and programming as a folks school focuses on serving our mission:
Enrich the resiliency and vibrancy of individuals and communities through joyful learning, creative cultural expression, and appreciation of folklife.
The Arbutus Folk School Mission
The school provides enlivening learning experiences through a wide-range of activities focused on fostering appreciation, knowledge and access to craft, music, community, celebrations and lore.
The Lacey MakerSpace opened in 2019 under the 501(c)3 non-profit Thurston EDC Center for Business and Innovation, in partnership with the City of Lacey and Saint Martin’s University. We strive to be a catalyst for local economic growth by providing access to advanced design and fabrication tools, business and education resources, and skill development.
The Lacey MakerSpace fosters innovation, entrepreneurship, and skill building.
The Lacey MakerSpace Mission
The makerspace is housed in a 3500 sq. ft. workshop that allows makers and innovators access to 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC machines, and much more.
South Salish Mighty Masks is a facebook group of nearly 500 strong and over 100 active volunteers who are donating cloth face masks to local organizations in need. Join the facebook group to participate, donate at gf.me/u/xurhxn, or email [email protected] to get involved.
Maker and Supply Contributors
Big Brothers Big Sisters
North Thurston School District
Saint Michael's Parish
Do You Need Personal Protection Equipment?
Top priority is to assure our health care workers and first responders are safe.
We’re fulfilling requests from
- Local hospitals
- Police departments
- Homeless shelters
- ...and many more!
Other essential workers and vulnerable populations in the community need protection, and we hope to help.
In the News
Thank you to those spreading the good news and helping us make a difference!
South Sound Business: https://southsoundbiz.com/lacey-makerspace-pivots-to-producing-ppe/