Give A Mask... no sewing required

As we navigate the crisis of COVID-19, we’ve all heard that PPE (personal protective equipment) for frontline health care workers is in short supply. Here’s a way you can help – with no sewing required!

Currently, these organizations are struggling to protect their health care workers and clients: re-using PPE for longer than recommended or using non-medical-grade cloth masks.

I have been able to arrange a shipment of nearly 7,000 medical-grade masks from a reputable distributor in China. Your contribution will help provide the desperately needed face masks to nurses, case managers, therapists, instructors, and child welfare workers – and those vulnerable clients they serve – in the Chicago area.

Each mask costs $1. How many masks can you contribute?

Read below to learn more about the Chicago-Area organizations being supported by this campaign.

Envision Unlimited provides services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities that promote choice, independence, and inclusion. We have over 650 employees and offer programming in three primary areas: community living services, mental health services, and community day and employment services. 

Many of Envision Unlimited’s members are at higher risk for COVID-19 as 56% have secondary conditions such as asthma, diabetes, heart disease or are over the age of 60, in addition to their Intellectual or Developmental Disability.  Envision Unlimited is working diligently to support the 350 members in its facilities as well as hundreds of members and their families around the city who have begun relying on Envision Unlimited support for groceries and essential items.  We have identified a need for 4000 disposable and 200 N95 masks to provide for usage during this pandemic to ensure the safety of our staff and members as we continue to provide necessary services during these challenging times.
Association for Individual Development's mission is “to empower people with physical, developmental, intellectual and mental health challenges to enjoy lives of dignity and purpose”. We serve more than 5,000 individuals annually. Programs offered include

Residential – 24 hours supervised and supported
Community Day Services including Community Employment
Behavioral Health Outpatient, Psychiatry, Case Management
Behavioral Health Crisis Services, Community Support Team and Victim Services
Although several staff are working remotely, we have more than 300 direct service staff working in person (face-to-face) in the 24 hour programs – in both our Behavioral Health and Development Disabilities divisions and the need for PPE is huge. We have been able to obtain a limited supply of PPE from the local health departments and through purchase. However, due to PPE shortages, the purchase is on back-order and we are using cloth masks/using PPE’s longer than what is recommended.

Good Shepherd Manor is a long-term Healthcare facility located in east central Illinois and provides living arrangements, learning opportunities and medical care for 115 men with Developmental Disabilities.
-Facilities include 2 Intermediate Care Facilities and 11 Community Integrated Living Arrangement (CILAs). 
-Vocational programs  provide the opportunity for the men to perform appropriate jobs and meaningful work 
-The Day Program provides classes, training, experiences and vocational opportunities to improve or maintain skills that enhance or improve the quality of life for all clients

Good Shepherd Manor employs 120 Nurses and in-home direct care staff. Good Shepherd residents are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 as many are over the age of 65 and have chronic conditions, included diabetes, heart disease, and congestive heart failure. The PPE equipment we are receiving will greatly help us protect our residents and staff from any outside threats from the current pandemic we are facing.

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) brings healing, justice, and wholeness to people and communities. LSSI is one of the largest statewide social service providers, serving over 50,000 people last year. LSSI provides critical programs that include: children’s services; mental health services; alcohol and drug treatment; senior services; residential programs for the developmentally disabled; and programs that help people and families impacted by incarceration.

The programs of Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) have been deemed essential during this unprecedented time of the novel coronavirus COVID-19. We are thankful to our dedicated staff who work on the front-lines of pandemic response. Our social workers, home care aids, children's services staff, and behavioral health care workers are working tirelessly to care for children, adults, and families across Illinois.

LSSI has over 1,000 employees working across the state. We anticipate using 30,000 masks over the next few months – we already have purchased 10,000.
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