Handmade Masks Resources & FAQ

Frequently asked questions

How do I properly wear a mask?!

Here is a printable sheet with tips for how to wear a mask.

This is a graphic how-to sheet with tips on how to wear a mask .

For Donators

What materials are you looking for?

  • Masks (professionally-made surgical masks, N95 respirators, and homemade surgical masks), medical-grade gloves, and medical gowns.

I can sew! What should homemade masks look like? What should they be made out of?

How should I handle my donated materials?

  • Always handle materials with freshly-washed hands and clean, disinfected workspaces. Put any materials your are donating in a Ziploc-style plastic bag or clean box. If you are currently ill with COVID-19 symptons, please do not donate. We will update as needed or more information becomes available.

Where do I drop-off materials?

  • You have a couple of options for where to donate. First, you can request a pick up from your home by completing the short form here and we will deliver to the healthcare facilities and healthcare workers (specific delivery locations change frequently according to needs). Just complete the form each time you need a pick up and we will send a volunteer by the next day during the week, Monday-Friday. If you make the request on Saturday or Sunday, we will send a volunteer driver on Monday.
  • Second, you can drop off donations on your own at the following locations. We are updating these details as circumstances change. For now:
    • Lane County
      •  Lane County is currently accepting donated handmade face covers in addition to professionally manufactured materials. Lane County nows has two drop off locations including one in Florence. Please refer to the Lane County website for the most up to donation information, including locations and drop off times.
    • Peter DeFazio’s Eugene office: 222 E 11th Avenue
      • Drop off is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week via the mail slot in the front door. Please note that the packages will need to be fairly thin (less than two inches) to fit through the slot.

For Drivers

How should I act to protect myself and the community when picking up and dropping off donated materials?

  • Always wash your hands thoroughly for at least 20 seconds with warm water or use hand sanitizer before going to pick up donations. If you have hand sanitizer, we recommend carrying it with you and using it both before and immediately following pick-ups, and again after you drop off the materials. Your hand sanitizer should be alcohol-based at 60-90% and allow it to dry on your hands completely before handling any materials. If you are currently ill with COVID-19 symptons, please do not volunteer. We will update as needed or more information becomes available.


How is the University of Oregon responding to the crisis?

Where can I find information about guidelines, requirements, and the status of the pandemic?


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