Attention all DIY-ers and sewers in the VEAP community: we’re actively seeking your help to make and donate cloth face coverings to our staff and volunteers.
To maintain the highest degree of safety in our facility, VEAP is following recently updated CDC guidelines that encourage all people to cover their mouth and nose when in public settings. Cloth face coverings created and designed from household items, like bandannas and t-shirts, are recommended by the CDC as a low-cost, voluntary public health measure. We’ll be distributing cloth face coverings to all volunteer and staff on-site in our building during the COVID-19 health crisis.
Here are some guidelines from the federal government on the creation of face coverings, including step-by-step instructions both with and without a sewing machine. According to the CDC:
Cloth face coverings should—
- fit snugly but comfortably against the side of the face
- be secured with ties or ear loops
- include multiple layers of fabric
- allow for breathing without restriction
- be able to be laundered and machine dried without damage or change to shape
VEAP is now accepting donations of DIY cloth face coverings at Door 2 (volunteer and staff entrance) behind our main building. We appreciate your support in ensuring the safety of our essential workers and volunteers during this time! With questions, please email [email protected]