The novel coronavirus has had a significant impact on the United States. In response, Field Ready is partnering with several partners to distribute locally made personal protection equipment (PPE) to help supply frontline personnel and at-risk individuals with much-needed face shields in under-supplied hospitals, clinics and communities. This programming has been made possible by the Elizabeth Louise Smith Fund of the Chicago Community Trust.
One partner is COVID-19 Shields, founded by architect and fabrication shop owner Alex Pandijiris, which makes, sells and delivers face shields. In collaboration with several other Los Angeles-area fabrication shops, COVID-19 shields has produced and delivered some 15,000 shields to facilities in 26 states and Canada since it was founded in March 2020. Together, Field Ready and COVID-19 Shields has already produced and is delivering nearly 5,000 face shields to various groups in need include the Navajo Nation in Arizona.
Another partner is JoinInChicago, founded by Jackie Moore, on the city’s South Side. There, Field Ready has donated face shields and is helping to support a special initiative whereby community members use a custom mask design based on CDC recommendations that is optimized for rapid production. The masks are made at distributed locations allowing the makers to sew them while they safely shelter in place. The masks are collected at hubs for sanitation, quality control and packaging for distribution. Community members are also supported with access to equipment, productivity tools, training and stipends.
A third initiative helps those with little resources to make their own face shields and masks. The community support program provides workable designs, advice and, when needed, additional resources including small grants. This will enable basic PPE to get more where they are needed.
To partner with Field Ready in making face masks, please email: info [at] fieldready.org
To request a discounted or donated face shield, please click here.