Masks for Falmouth is a group of women in the Falmouth area who are deeply concerned about the risks of transmission of the Covid-19 virus and have banded together to make non-medical cotton face masks for those who need them. The masks are provided without charge to Falmouth residents and employees, particularly those most vulnerable to Covid-19 infection: older people, those with underlying medical conditions, and those who care for vulnerable populations.
Masks have been distributed through the Falmouth Service Center, Neighborhood Falmouth, veterans’ groups, communities of faith, sober houses, Meals on Wheels, and other organizations, as well as to individuals needing masks. Organizations and individuals who need masks may request them at our website: masksforfalmouth.org.
The group, which consists entirely of volunteers, was initiated in late March by several mask-making women who decided to join forces to try to make sure that those who needed masks received them in an organized fashion, and to share ideas and materials for mask making. The group grew quickly and now includes over 40 people who secure fabric and notions, wash and fold fabric, cut the fabric for masks, assemble mask kits to be sent to stitchers, stitch the masks, and deliver masks and materials as needed, all while maintaining quarantine procedures. Thus far the group has produced and distributed over 1,200 masks.
Many of the women in the group have contributed their own fabric stashes, received fabric and notion donations from friends, and/or bought fabrics and notions with their own funds. All have donated their considerable time and energies. Masks for Falmouth has received some donations of fabric (100% quilting cotton is preferred for its tight weave) and notions (elastic, thread, bias tape, and twill tape), as well as some small cash donations, which are immediately used to buy more fabric.
We have been enriched and energized by the range of skills and knowledge that the women in our group possess, by the extraordinary communication and sharing of ideas among them, and their flexibility and their enthusiastic willingness to help others.
To continue to respond to the growing need for fabric face masks, Masks for Falmouth is now seeking financial donations, donations of 100 percent cotton quilting fabric and notions, and additional volunteers who can sew or help in other ways. To donate or volunteer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit masksforfalmouth.org.