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Sew face masks for our newest neighbors

Start date: Ongoing


"I hope these masks offer not only protection, but also spark cheer in moments when it could be used most." The colorful patterns inspired volunteer Kristin, who's mother helped supply fabrics for a batch of face masks in April, 2020.

Photo: Kristin Yamada/IRC Seattle

To help slow the spread of COVID-19, most people in Washington are now required to wear a face covering while in public. Join in and help keep our newest neighbors safe and healthy by sewing (or donating) cloth face masks!

  1. Make a plan. Research the face mask pattern you'd like to use. Masks for children and adults are needed-and we ask that all coverings comply with the CDC suggested mask pattern. If you have a different pattern that's ok-please just ensure that it meets the base guidelines suggested by the CDC for a sewn mask. You may also want to engage your friends, family, co-workers, or community group! Gather some inspiration from some of our past mask sewing groups and individuals by reading about their experiences!  

  2. Sew your masks. We're looking for child & adult sized masks - both are in demand. There is no minimum or maximum on mask quantities. You may contact us at VolunteerSEA [at] rescue.orgVolunteerSEA [at] rescue.org ( )if questions come up about patterns, needs, or anything else. 

  3. Connect with us. Email VolunteerSEA [at] rescue.org with details on how many masks you have made, your preferred contact info, and any preferences on delivery. We will work with you individually to coordinate a drop-off, pick-up or delivery of masks to our office.

Read more about how COVID-19 is impacting IRC's clients here in the King County region, and how we're supporting newcomers during this difficult time.