Cleveland Sews PPE
The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a societal shift in awareness about public health protocols, resulting in continued demand for cloth facial coverings to reduce contagion. The Centers for Disease Control recommends personal use of face coverings while in public, and the Ohio Department of Health recommends the use of face coverings for all Ohioans as COVID cases continue to surge across the state.
The goal of this project is to create 1,000+ masks which will be donated to local community members and nonprofit organizations while providing sewing education programming to community members who will assist in mask making efforts privately or with Cleveland Sews.
Program registration is open from now until January 30, 2021. Based on your participation preferences, you will receive a follow-up email with scheduled class times. Classes will begin in February and the program will run until the end of March. We look forward to stitching the social fabric of our community with you!
Community members can receive educational training via our online Community Hub, which is built to optimize meaningful connections, increase relational health, and reduce social isolation and loneliness. Sessions include weekly check-ins of educational content; discussion of challenges related to assigned tasks; and celebration of achievements due to newly developed skills. Participants can opt-in for in-person, socially-distanced training on home sewing machines and/or industrial machine training for advanced sewists.**
Mask kits can be picked up and sewn at home. Once trained, underemployed industrial sewists can earn a wage sewing to help expedite production work as needed. Individuals looking for job placement working in a sewing factory will be referred to community partners for employment opportunities. Masks created through this program can be kept by community members or returned for redistribution through Neighborhood Connections and The Center on Trauma & Adversity. The program creates a ripple effect to inspire new and avid sewists.