UPDATED 05/17/2020 9:00 AM
Ongoing Needs for
Face Masks and Other Hand-made Items
United Way serves a number of non-profit organizations in need of cloth face masks for their staff and volunteers as they continue to provide services. Any face mask design is appreciated.
The non-profits include several Food Pantries, Rape Crisis Line, Youth Center, Disability Services and a Youth Mentoring Program. The community that they serve is primarily Johnson Co. They serve children, families, vulnerable residents, children and adults with disabilities, victims of crime, youth and teens, etc.
Completed masks should be delivered to a bin outside of the United Way office at 1150 5th Street Ste 290 in Coralville OR contact Patti Fields, email@example.com, 319-936-3355 to arrange pickup.
Iowa City Veterans Administration Medical Center (ICVAMC)
The VA issues pleated masks to Veteran patients and their escorts as they enter the ICVA Medical Center. The hospital's Volunteer Service office reported that it distributes an average of 50 per day and has asked to continue receiving masks on an ongoing basis.
Completed masks should be delivered to the front entrance of the Iowa City VA.
Address: 601 Highway 6 West, Attn: Voluntary Service, Iowa City, IA 52246
Please call ahead (319.338.0581, ext 636270 or 636279) and someone from Voluntary Service will meet you at the front entrance to pick them up. They will ask you to complete a donation form at that time, so be sure to wait for them to meet you. Placing the masks in a plastic bag is best to protect them from the elements.
Surgeon Skull Caps & Scrub Hats
The VA has also requested assistance in sewing skull caps/scrub hats using a specific pattern. Contact the VA Volunteer Service office to learn more by calling 319.338.0581, ext 636270 or 636279.
Mercy Hospital - Iowa City
By mid-April 2020, Mercy reported receiving more that 1,100 Olson face masks, with some coming from our Iowa City Area Face Mask volunteers and others coming from the community at large. Mercy hopes that volunteers will continue to donate home-made masks as they want to give them not only to staff but also to patients in their care.
Mercy IC is also requesting gowns using directions provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health. See http://www.mercyiowacity.org/covid19 for details.
For all donated items, call Mercy Material Management at 319-339-3647 Monday-Friday from 7:30 am to 4 pm to schedule an appointment for drop off. Donations made on weekends can be scheduled by calling Mercy Security at 319-339-3694. Donations should be delivered to the loading dock located on Johnson Street between Market and Bloomington Streets.
University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics (UIHC)
For the most up-to-date information on the needs of the UIHC, see https://uihc.org/kind-donations
UIHC is providing its own pattern instructions for versions of the Olson and Pleated Masks that they are requesting.
Another local group -- Face Masks for Johnson County Iowa-COVID-19 -- is also working with departments at the UIHC to meet their specific needs. See their Facebook page for more information.
Iowa City Transit Drivers and Passengers
Iowa City Transit has requested masks for use by its drivers and for distribution to passengers who don't have them on when boarding the buses.
Cloth masks can be dropped off at the City's Parking Office, 335 Iowa Avenue. The office is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. OR contact Gus Gustaveson by email at Gus-Gustaveson@iowa-city.org or by phone at 319-356-5205 to arrange for pick up.
As we receive additional requests, we will post them here,
so check back often if you're interested in continuing to sew.