Alaska Mask Makers is a community effort to provide homemade personal protective equipment (PPE) to groups and communities around the state of Alaska. Beginning with the onset of the global COVID-19 pandemic in January 2020, the efforts of our members have already provided more than 38,000 masks to organizations in need.
Here are some ways you can be a part of the solution:
Please note, there are multiple groups working on this important effort to #MaskUpAlaska. This group, Alaska Mask Makers:
Manages the Alaska Mask Makers Facebook Group as a community forum where members share tips, discussion, photos, and more.
Maintains this website (alaskamaskmakers.org) as our public-facing, informational site.
Partners with The Alaska Club and Anchorage Maker Space.
Has central drop-off locations at: The Alaska Club West (Anchorage), Midnight Sun Brewing Company (South Anchorage), Quilt Cache (Eagle River), Denali Harley Davidson (Wasilla & Palmer), Sew n'Bee Cozy (Seward), and Upper Susitna Food Pantry (Talkeetna)
Current Focus Projects
Our current focus projects change as the needs arise and ongoing projects are fulfilled. As of June 29th, our current and active focus projects include: Masks for Napaskiak, Legacy Home Care, State of Alaska Reemployment Benefit Section, Living Stone Home Care, and Health Care Workers across the state.
You can read more about our various recipient organizations (which have received more than 38k+ masks so far!) on the About page.
News & Updates
We are excited to share that Alaska Mask Makers are partnering with the Anchorage Municipality’s i-team and The Alaska Club. The Alaska Club - with some of the best laundering facilities in the state - has offered to help sanitize our fabric and finished masks. On top of that, The Alaska Club will be packaging clean masks ready to deliver to our state’s essential workers.
Because of this partnership: In addition to our current central drop offs and porch pick ups, you may drop off your masks at The Alaska Club West, Tuesdays & Thursdays from 10am-4 pm.
Other recent news: Governor Dunleavy's recent announcement, as seen on the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services page, indicates the importance of face coverings to minimize transmission of COVID-19.
Alaska Mask Makers are working hard to be compliant with CDC and other hospital protocols and recommendations. We understand that the option of home-made masks is not an ideal defense and does not provide 100% protection. We are distributing masks to educated members of our community who understand the risks and benefits of this option of protection.