About Us

A brief history

Alaska Mask Makers was begun in March of 2020 in response to the global COVID-19 pandemic and a national shortage of protective personal equipment in hospitals and communities.

To date we have processed over 12,000 requests for homemade face coverings. Members across our group of 4,900 individuals have used resources we share to make and distribute over 38,000 masks throughout Alaska.

We are honored to partner with the Anchorage Municipality’s i-team and other leaders during this crisis, working to help our communities stay strong and recover quickly.

Why masks matter

With Governor Dunleavy moving to reopen Alaska's economy and provide opportunity for Alaskans to be out-and-about, it's more important than ever to take steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The primary ways to do this are through social distancing, frequent hand-washing, and disinfecting high-touch surfaces. Another tool that may help to minimize transmission while people are around others outside of their household is the use of face coverings. You can read more about this on the State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services page here.

It's time to #CoverUpAlaska... and we're proud to be a part of that effort!

Additionally, this New York Times article points out that medical grade masks should be reserved for front-line/high acuity/high risk areas, but other simple masks can make a difference outside the hospital.

Recognition by local leaders

Assembly Member Christopher S. Constant:

“As we have seen, in a pandemic, we often feel powerless to respond in meaningful ways, especially in the first days. The grocery stores were crowded and the shelves bare. Our offices and jobs shuttered almost immediately, sending so many people directly into crisis while they feared for their loved ones. Alaska Mask Makers show us what Alaskans do best. When we have a challenge, we, each of us, finds a way to pitch in. When you see us wearing these masks, we aren't just wearing them to keep people from infection. We are also wearing them as a symbol of Alaskan determination that we we will get through this. I am inspired by the thousands of volunteers ensuring the health and safety of our neighbors. These masks are a testament to Alaska's future.”

Assembly Member Meg Zaletel:

“The ALASKA Mask Makers have stepped up and activated the community to produce masks for essential workers and others in need. I am proud to support the work of the AK Mask Makers by ensuring they have access to necessary materials and I hope the municipality finds ways to purchase and donate materials as well as establish a centralized distribution system for masks to residents.”

Assembly Member Forrest Dunbar:

“Thank you to Alaska Mask Makers, and my friends David Velasquez and Delainie Burford, for making those masks, to Chris Constant for picking them up, and to all the folks in the Chamber last night who put them on. Cloth Masks aren't a perfect solution, but we know that they help to slow the spread of COVID-19, particularly from asymptomatic but infected people to those who haven't yet gotten sick. The Assembly felt it was best to try and lead by example; I very much hope that more folks around town start wearing facial coverings in public. I applaud those in our community helping to make them more accessible."

We couldn't do it without you!

We have an incredible group of mask makers and a community of more than 3,000 supporters, without whom none of this could be possible.

There are a few other folks that we would also like to thank very much:

  • Ray Bouwens of High Five Awards - who worked hard to procure hundreds of nose pieces for our makers! Be sure to check out Ray's business and leave him a great review!

  • Aero Twin - produced hundreds of nose pieces

  • Anchorage Makerspace - 3D prints bias makers, pleaters, and laser cuts our fabric in bulk

  • Alaska Club West - offered to launder fabric and help with logistics of preparing masks to be sent to organizations

  • Anchorage Municipality + I-Team - delivers ongoing support and guidance

  • State of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services - awarded us a $5,000 material grant

  • Members of the Anchorage Assembly - support and guide our efforts

  • Annie Brace at Corso Graphics designed our beautiful logo! She is an Alaskan artist specializing in graphic design and fine art. If you are looking for colorful landscapes, floral or xtratuf art you can find on her Facebook page or Instagram or Etsy shop.

We will be adding more "THANK YOU" notes here... We have so many folks to thank!

Our recipient organizations and groups:

Here is a list of just some of the organizations and groups that have benefited from masks made by Alaska Mask Makers:

  • Anchorage Assembly and Municipal Clerks

  • Municipality of Anchorage

  • Anchorage School District

  • 49th State Brewing Company

  • SteamDot Coffee

  • Anchorage Fire Department

  • ACE Air Cargo

  • Easterseals of Alaska

  • Marlow Manor senior Living

  • Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association Inc.

  • Hope Community Resources

  • ResCare Alaska & ALH

  • HomeWell Care Services

  • Naath Assisted Living home

  • Southcentral Foundation Elder Program

  • Anchorage Pioneer Home

  • Whittier Elders

  • Alaska Veterans and Pioneer Home

  • All Good Homes

  • Providence Health & Services Alaska

  • North Star Behavioral Health

  • Southcentral Foundation

  • Providence Alaska NICU

  • Alaska Health and Social Services division of juvenile justice

  • TSA Clithroe Center

  • Alaska Native Birthworkers Community

  • Liberty Dialysis

  • Anchorage Health Department

  • The Alaska Hospitalist Group, LLC

  • Alaska Native Medical Center

  • Shoot for the Cure - Cystic Fibrosis

  • ANMC Internal Medicine Clinic

  • Alaska Retinal Consultants

  • Northern Lights Chiropractic

  • Anchorage Women’s Clinic

  • Anchorage Radiation Therapy Center

  • Abacus Care Coordination

  • Alaska Family Medicine Residency

  • Alaska Oncology and Hematology, LLC

  • Wasilla Medical Clinic

  • Wasilla VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic

  • Center for Psychosocial Development

  • Geneva Woods Pharmacy/MyMedSupplies

  • Ophthalmology department at anmc

  • Mat-Su Health Services

  • Akeela, Inc

  • Soldotna Fred Meyer Pharmacy

  • Dimond vision clinic

  • Alaska Neurodiagnostic and Rehabilitation Medicine, Inc

  • Dr Owen Bell’s office

  • Alaska Neurofeedback

  • UAA Nursing

  • Alaska State Department of Transportation

  • Port Graham Village Council

  • AWAIC

  • Star Alaska

  • Chugiak-Eagle River Food Pantry

  • Alaska Psychiatric Institute

  • Trailside Discovery Camp

  • Tatitlek Village IRA Council

  • Napaskiak

  • Legacy Home Care

  • State of Alaska Reemployment Benefit Section

  • Living Stone Home Care

Mask recipients at ANMC
Mask recipients at Arc of Anchorage