Organized by Lorraine Palmer, Tina Marie To, and Chris Finnie from Boulder Creek, Masks4SLV is a project to make masks and provide them to first responders, volunteer organizations, businesses, school personnel, and residents of the San Lorenzo Valley.
The Valley Women’s Club is proud to sponsor Masks4SLV to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in the San Lorenzo Valley.
You can be a part of this community endeavor by volunteering to make masks, donating materials or equipment, or providing financial support. Since April 4th, thanks to Masks4SLV, hundreds of homemade masks have landed on the faces of people working at our local businesses and non-profit organizations, including Liberty Bank, Valley Churches United, and other faces in need.
Did you know you can spread COVID-19 to others even if you do not feel sick? The CDC recommends that everyone wear a cloth face covering when they have to go out in public, for example to the grocery store, bank, laundromat, bank or to pick up other necessities, or when conducting business through a car window or walk-up counter.
Please note that while homemade face coverings can minimize the spread of COVID-19, they are not a guarantee of remaining virus-free. Masks are worn to protect others from you and their wearing masks is to protect you from them.
The Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency Order (April 23, 2020) requires the use of face coverings when you are out in public to further slow transmission of COVID-19.
Masks4SLV is currently working out of the Odd Fellows Hall, 152 Forest Ave., Boulder Creek between the hours of 2:00 – 5:00 pm, Mon.–Fri.
How you can help:
- Join the Masks4SLV Facebook group and sew at home.
- Any design and number of masks will do, but please follow the CDC guidelines on the best materials.
- Here are some examples to get you started:
- Join the Masks4SLV Facebook group and find links to many more face-covering patterns, tips, material swaps, and camaraderie!
- Deliver finished masks to the Odd Fellows Hall in Boulder Creek (hours and address above).
- If you cannot deliver your finished masks, we will schedule a pick-up.
- Fabric, thread, and elastic
- Working sewing machines
Bring material and financial donations to the Odd Fellows Hall in Boulder Creek (hours and address above). Or, donate online!
For more information:
Caring for your mask
- Wash the mask before use.
- Clean the mask after each use. Normal washing with water and detergent will remove the COVID-19 virus.
- Your mask can be used multiple times and can last with appropriate care. Many medical locations are rotating masks to be used every 4th day since the virus is not likely to last on these surfaces for more than three days. However, one mask can suffice with the proper cleaning techniques.
- For more information, the Center for Disease Control website contains many valuable directions for using protective gear.