Heroes Helping Heroes

 

Do you sew, and want to volunteer to help a colleague?

As we respond to the Covid-19 situation, many individuals are looking for ways to help. One way to engage is the “Heroes Helping Heroes” Face Covering Initiative. This program focuses on volunteers who want to sew cloth face coverings for those employees performing essential work on campus. Georgia Tech has a very limited number of staff and faculty who are working multiple days a week on campus in essential operations and research.

Most of these employees work in Facilities Management, Housing, and the Georgia Tech Research Institute. This initiative will collect and distribute any donated cloth face coverings to interested on-campus employees by request.

Please read important information from Georgia Tech's Environmental Health & Safety

Important Notes: Please see CDC guidance on cloth face coverings: CDC COVID-19 web site. These are not medical-grade respirators or surgical masks, and are not being used as a substitute for personal protective equipment (PPE). They are a voluntary protective measure to further assist employees performing essential functions prevent expelling respiratory droplets in instances when social distancing (at least 6 feet apart) is very difficult.

 

Are you interested in helping?

We would really like to learn more about you. Please take a moment to share some basic information to help us with outreach and planning. For specific questions, please email JulieAnne Williamson, Asst. Vice President for Administration and Finance, at julieanne@gatech.edu.

 

  > One possibly style of face mask
One possible style of face covering

 

What can we accept?

Functional cloth face coverings – fabric choices and colors are not important, but having a well-sewn face covering without holes or frayed edges is important. (See CDC information for more details.) We ask that fabric be pre-shrunk through washing in hot water to ensure it does not further shrink.

Please read important information from Georgia Tech's Environmental Health & Safety

Important Notes: These are not medical-grade respirators or surgical masks, and are not being used as a substitute for personal protective equipment (PPE). They are a voluntary protective measure to further assist employees performing essential functions prevent expelling respiratory droplets in instances when social distancing (at least 6 feet apart) is very difficult.

How do I donate the face coverings I made?

When you have masks ready to donate, we offer a no-touch, drop off location at Georgia Tech’s Environmental Health and Safety Building between 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Friday. EH&S is located at: ​

793 Marietta Street
Atlanta, GA 30318

The bin will be located in front of the EHS building next to the front door.  If you need any assistance with the drop-off, please contact Osasere Idahosa via (404) 277-6574 or osasere.idahosa@ehs.gatech.edu.

We ask that you wash face coverings and place them in individual plastic bags or containers if you are able to prior to drop-off.

 

I’m an employee, how do I get face coverings?

Any employees who are working on campus may request donated cloth face coverings through their supervisors, using the same process as requests for personal protective equipment. Supervisors will make appointments by contacting Osasere Idahosa via osasere.idahosa@ehs.gatech.edu, as they do for PPE, to pick up face coverings from EH&S staff and distribute within their teams based on requests.

 

Do-it-Yourself Kits

If you are an employee working on campus who can sew, and would like to make your own cloth face covering, a very limited number of kits have been donated. Please let your supervisor know that you want a kit. Each kit makes one face covering with elastic over-the-ear loops.

 

When you get a face covering…

  • Consult CDC guidelines on their use and important legal disclaimers
  • Be sure to wash and dry the face covering prior to wearing.
  • Wash the face coverings regularly to ensure they stay clean. Normal laundering in hot water is recommended.

Important Information from Georgia Tech’s Environmental Health & Safety:

  • Face coverings should not be worn by people who have trouble breathing, children under 2 years. For removal of the coverings, do not touch the front of the covering, remove by only handling the ear loops or ties, do not touch your eyes, hands or face, and wash hands immediately. The coverings can be washed and reused. 
  • Also, very importantly, they are not allowed to be worn in labs with chemicals, biologicals, animals, recombinant DNA, or radioactive material. Cross contamination can occur. EHS can perform a risk assessment to determine if any type of mask is needed in a lab. 
  • The CDC offers a helpful Frequently Asked Questions on using cloth face coverings.
More questions?

Please contact JulieAnne Williamson, julieanne@gatech.edu, for any additional questions. We appreciate your interest in this program!​