During the COVID-19 pandemic, there was a shortage of funding for epidemic prevention materials, and in particular, masks required by vulnerable groups to stay safe and healthy. In light of the lack of emergency supplies in Hong Kong, Take a Break’s volunteers wish to recruit a group of dedicated volunteers through the Social Career platform to make cloth masks and distribute them to those in need through the “Social Career GIVING” program. All beneficiaries will individuals referred by Social Career’s NGO partners.
Reason for self-initiate the DIY cloth mask project
Last year, Take a Break’s volunteer team implemented an ongoing volunteer service “Making DIY Tote Bags with the Elderly”. The service recruited volunteers to make tote bags together with elderly members of Life Commitment Charity Club. At the beginning of the outbreak of COVID-19 in February, the volunteer team started researching cloth masks and how to make them. After referring to different templates and online information, the volunteers tested different cloth materials and made improvements to their initial design. The elderly of Life Commitment Charity Club helped with the testing of the cloth masks, and ultimately developed a suitable prototype and means of production.
Volunteers recruited by Social Career to support the project
Following discussions with Social Career, Take a Break made the decision to scale up the project. To support their efforts, Social Career recruited and mobilized volunteers through the volunteer platform to aid in the mask production efforts.
We are still looking for additional volunteers to come together and help make cloth masks to distribute to people in need in various districts throughout Hong Kong through the “Social Career GIVING” platform.
Mask production steps taken on by our volunteers
The first step in the mask production process is to prepare the cloth mask material. After the material is washed and ironed, the tasks associated with the mask production are split amongst the volunteers, including cutting the fabric, drawing paper patterns, and lining the masks. The general public can support our efforts by joining volunteering to sew the masks through the Social Career volunteer platform. Volunteers can either collect the material themselves or have the packages mailed to them to sew the masks at home. Once the masks have been completed, volunteers can return the finished products to Social Career, where volunteers check the masks and prepare them for distribution. An instruction manual is included with the cloth masks when distributed to those in need.
In addition to volunteers for mask production, illustrators have volunteered to design our volunteer recruitment posters and instruction manuals that accompany the cloth masks, which inform our beneficiaries of how to properly use the cloth masks.
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