PVNet Wants to Donate 3-D Printed Face Shields to Healthcare Workers & First Responders!
We know there’s been a shortage of protective gear for healthcare workers and first responders...
But we can do something about it by helping Ted at PVNet.
When I read Ted’s post on NextDoor about how PVNet, a local SoCal education non-profit, was 3D printing 24 hours a day, to donate protective face shields to healthcare workers & first responders, I was amazed and felt I had to do more.
A Face Shield by PVNet
My family donated materials to them by Amazon & are sending in what we can, but I just... know it’s not enough. And they need help. So, I’m writing to all of you. I hope those of us who can chip in, will chip in.
PVNet is a long-time SoCal South Bay-based STEM-focused non-profit (25 years!), helping to bring the PV city websites online in 1996. Over the years, they’ve acted as a resource for local kids interested in engineering, robotics, and more. But as this pandemic grew, and in-person classes shutdown, this VOLUNTEER group decided to take it upon themselves——and buy up as many 3D printers as they could—-to start to make face shields, around the clock! Time is of the essence ⏳
PVNet 3D Printing Process
~200 sets of medical face shields per week
- Over 2000 and counting face shield requests from first responders & medical personnel across the Greater LA area
- Increase to 1000-1500 face shields/week!
- Fundraiser to buy right supplies & equipment
- Possible development of other PPE
- Find ~3 Dedicated Volunteers with a lot of heart, putting together face shields (on site only) or picking up supplies
WANT TO HELP?
The best way to help is to make a donation—With a donation, they can get the exact materials needed to maintain a good quality of face shield.
Every ~$10 pays for 1 person in healthcare / public safety to have a RELIABLE PVNet face shield.
- The non-profit’s volunteers have personally put in $18,000+ on 3D printers, on credit, $30,000+ total in the entire project. They need more to keep this going until healthcare workers & first responders are protected.
- Healthcare workers & first responders just go to https://www.pvnet.com/3d-printed-face-shields send their info & come over to pick up the face shields. At no cost. That’s it. A phlebotomist, recently left incredibly moved, with tears in her eyes ^^
PERSONAL TAKE: I don’t know how they’re going to pay for it - without support from the community - I just know... We need to help Ted at PVNet & all the healthcare workers & first responders who are working hard for us. Each healthcare worker & first responder is vital, not just ‘cause they’re heroes, but because they’re human. Saving them means saving all of us.
By PVNet Volunteer Brett Kidman
WANT TO BE A VOLUNTEER?
18 years and older
- Dedicated & conscientious
- Highly aware of all safety precautions
- Able to assemble and disinfect (on-site) ❤️
- Or able to pick up ordered supplies
Message us first for current volunteer details on how to start!
Message us first to see if you have the materials PVNet needs. Thank you!
Volunteer at PVNet:
Thank you all, be safe, be sure help with the effort to protect the medical workers and first responders whom YOU are asking to save your life by risking theirs!
PVNet Technology Center
550 Deep Valley Dr., Suite 229
RHE, CA 90274 US
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