In agreement with the guidance issued by the CDC that the wearing of cloth face masks in the community will help to flatten the curve of this pandemic, we are looking for mask-sewing volunteers. If you are interested in making face masks that IRC will provide to refugee clients and staff performing emergency deliveries, please read on and know that our staff will work with clients on how to wear and properly clean masks.
Volunteers making new masks may use these instructions; however, there are many ways to make a cloth face mask and the instructions above are intended only to provide a template. Other masks will be accepted, but must meet the requirements below.
***UPDATE August 2020: We need masks sized for children. No more adult-sized masks are needed at this time
There are some general principles that should be adhered to while making the masks. Cloth face masks should:
- Be made of a washable, breathable material such as tightly woven 100% cotton materials OR quilting-quality fabrics
- Include multiple layers of fabric folded or sewn over each other
- Allow the wearer to breathe easily and without restriction
- Fit closely but comfortably against the front and sides of the face, covering the mouth and nose to provide optimal seal
Things to Remember
- Clean materials, tools, and hands before making masks
- Keep a clean workspace
- Wash completed masks!
- Ship masks to address below
- Include a note and email or return address if you need a receipt
If you would like to help with this, please contact:
Nell Cormack - VolunteerTucson [at] rescue.org (subject: Sewn%20Face-Masks, body: Hi%20Judah%2C%0A)
Please include a note for the carrier to arrange delivery time by contacting the phone # indicated.
International Rescue Committee
Attn: Donations 520.319.2128 ext. 130
1011 N Craycroft Rd. Suite 404
Tucson, AZ 85711