We are experiencing an unprecedented shortage of personal protective equipment and makers around the world are collaborating on efforts to temporarily alleviate the situation. The Valley Makers Association has joined local toy maker Ruth Rau of Mouse Loves Pig to help coordinate efforts in the Shenandoah Valley.

What is are we making?

We are currently focused on sewn cloth masks for healthcare professionals.

Can I buy PPE?

The Valley Makers Association is not selling PPE and will not distribute on an individual basis. We are working directly with local healthcare facilities to donate masks as available. Individual sewn masks can be purchase from Mouse Loves Pig here.

I’m a healthcare worker. How can I get PPE?

THANK YOU for your important work. Please have your facility’s leadership fill out this survey.

Is open-source PPE safe?

The VMA is taking great care to collaborate with healthcare professionals and other makers to develop these items; however these items have not been tested or approved for medical use by any relevant authorities. The Valley Makers Association makes no guarantees that these masks will prevent transmission of COVID-19. Please continue to adhere to current CDC guidelines regarding COVID-19 and use open source PPE at your own risk. Read: more info on Open Source COVID-19 Medical Supplies

How can I donate?

We will accept donations to offset the cost of purchasing supplies and running our operation.  To make a donation, use the PayPal link below and add “COVID-19 PPE” to the comments to designate your donation to this effort.

We are also accepting donations of supplies. Please email valleymakerassociation@gmail.com to arrange donation. We currently need:

  • PLA and PETG filament – NO OTHER TYPES
  • 1/4″ elastic bands
  • polycarbonate sheets around 1/4″ inch thick
How can I get involved?
  • Makers in the Northern Shenandoah Valley: Please email valleymakerassociation@gmail.com to arrange to drop off  physical resources or completed masks.
  • Fill out this survey to volunteer and join our Facebook Group, Valley Maker Masks
  • Makers outside of the Northern Shenandoah Valley: Please do not try to ship us masks; the need is urgent nationwide. Please coordinate as much as possible with your local healthcare facilities. Google search for makerspaces in your area if you want to connect with others.