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 people in service...
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 and people working in public service, 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 Academy for STEM 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 (April 5th 2020)
~700 sets of medical face shields per week --- with donor support! (June 4th 2020)
- Over 2000 and counting face shield requests from medical & first responder personnel across the Greater LA area
- Increase to 1000-1500 face shields/week!
- Fundraiser to buy right supplies & equipment
- Find dedicated volunteers with a lot of heart, putting together face shields
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.
~$10 pays for 1 person in healthcare / public service (public safety, education, homeless shelter services) 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+ and counting 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 & public service worker is vital, not just ‘cause they’re heroes, but because they’re human. Saving them means saving all of us.
THE PVNET STORY
Courtesy of Otis College of Art & Design - Extension
Thank you Eugene Ahn & Terry Nauheim!
By PVNet Volunteer Brett Kidman!
PVNet Core Volunteers include:
- Media / PR Team Lauren Kidman, working tirelessly to spread the word through ingenious ways, while bringing her unique background as a PVNet Intern. She and Sue Kidman have been strong supporters here in the movement to save lives with PVNet face shields. Lauren's hard work and has lead to articles in the Palos Verdes Peninsula News, Patch.com, and more.
This includes her amazing work: https://www.pvnet.com/our-ppe-effort-in-our-community
- PVNet Production Team : the heart of the operation, including Ted, Mei, Audrey, Garrett, Lynne , Ryan, Herb, Paula, Jill, Kathy, additional dedicated PVNet parents, local college students, PVNet Interns, off-duty RNs and school nurses, science educators, and longtime PVNet supporters giving their valuable time, and energy to keep our operation going.
- PVNet Outreach Volunteers: Mandy Snyder and Bridget De La Torre who have carried us through patiently connecting us to the teams most in need. Helping to reduce outbreaks in facilities all across LA County and more. In addition, Mandy has scoured news reports and more to understand where PVNet face shields will make the most impact.
WANT TO BE A VOLUNTEER?
18 years and older
- Dedicated & conscientious
- Highly aware of all safety precautions
- Able to assemble and disinfect (on-site) ❤️
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 Academy for STEM
550 Deep Valley Dr., Suite 229
RHE, CA 90274 US
- Michael Johnston
- Bridget De La Torre
Fundraising team: Friends of PVNet (4)
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