Masks for MOMS: COVID-19 Response

Living through COVID-19 has been scary for all of us, but especially for those who are pregnant. To help make it a little less scary, Masks for MOMS wants to get reusable cloth face masks to the moms and moms-to-be who need them in the Chicago-land area. The aim of the Masks for MOMS campaign is to ensure that pregnant people and people in labor and delivery have access to face masks at their prenatal visits and when they arrive at hospitals for delivery.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends wearing masks where social distancing may be challenging to maintain to help slow the spread of illness. By working together, we can support pregnant Illinoisans and reduce the anxiety of going to doctors’ appointments or the other necessary errands, especially if using public transportation.  Even though masks don’t provide absolute protection from COVID-19, all individuals are encouraged by the CDC to wear masks when they leave their homes. People attending prenatal care visits in person and those about to give birth will also benefit from the reduced stress that is likely to come from wearing a mask in their interactions with their prenatal care providers.

While some people in Chicagoland (Chicago and its suburbs/surrounding counties) will have access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) because they are receiving care at larger better resourced health care centers and hospitals, many do not have such access. We are partnering with community-based clinics and strategic community sites to make them available during in-person clinician visits and labor and delivery.

Click here for more information about Masks for Moms and how the campaign works

How to get involved:

To volunteer and make masks, complete this form:

VOLUNTEER FORM

We are currently looking for volunteers to help us make as many masks as possible. At this time, we have recruited enough volunteers to help with picking up and dropping off masks.

Want to make a donation for masks and materials?

If you would like to make a donation to help us purchase materials or reusable masks directly from community vendors, please click the button below.If you would still like to support families in the Chicagoland area and are not able to contribute masks or help with transporting masks you can consider supporting  Share our Spare. 

Want to get involved in the other ways Masks for MOMs is supporting our communities?

Share Our Spare is NOW collecting Diapers, Wipes, and Formula for communities which have been hard hit by the events of recent weeks in the aftermath of the killing of George Floyd. Donations can be dropped off between 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM from June 11 – July 17 at Share Our Spare located at 935 W Chestnut Ave., Chicago, IL 60642. For more information contact Alex Goodfellow at 314-495-4556. To learn more, visit them at Share Our Spare.

 

Ready to make some masks?

Here are some resources:

Check out some of our volunteers’ fantastic work!


 

 

We would love to see your masks too! Be sure to use #Masks4MOMsIL when you post pictures of your masks on social media and be sure to share with your family and friends!

 

THANK YOU to our MANY DONORS!

 

 

Current Community Partner Sites:

Chicago South Side

  • Chicago Family Health Center
  • Christian Community Health Center
  • Esperanza Health Centers
  • Mile Square Health Center- South Shore UI Health

Chicago West Side

  • Access Madison Family Health Center
  • PCC Wellness Center

Chicago North Side

  • PrimeCare Community Health

Chicago North Suburbs

  • City of Evanston

Chicago South Suburbs

  • Access Blue Island Family Health Center
  • Family Christian Health Center

Help us spread the word!

Click here for the Masks for MOMS flyer or see below: Masks for MOMS flyer.


 

If you would like to help us with marketing, below are sample social media messages you can share.

Sample Facebook/LinkedIn Posts 

General Announcement: 

COVID-19 has changed the way we think about face-to-face interactions, but you should always have what you need to feel safe and secure throughout pregnancy. That’s why Masks for MOMS is making sure Chicago-area moms and moms-to-be receive reusable cloth face masks they can wear out to clinic appointments and to run other errands.

We’re activating a volunteer-based campaign in the Chicago-area to make and distribute reusable cloth face masks made per CDC guidelines. We are looking for campaign volunteers and support getting the word out. Find out more and join us in this mission here: https://bit.ly/masksforMOMs.

For the promotion of volunteering:

The Masks for MOMS campaign is ensuring Illinoisans who are pregnant or in labor and delivery have access to reusable cloth face masks, and we need your help!

Right now, we need volunteers to commit to making masks, as well as volunteers to pick up and drop off masks at Chicago-area clinics. Find out more and fill out the form here to join us in this mission: https://bit.ly/masksforMOMs.

 

Sample Tweets 

#COVID19 has changed the way we think about face-to-face interactions, but you should always have what you need to feel safe and secure throughout pregnancy. #Masks4MOMsIL is aiming to get a reusable cloth face mask to every mom and mom-to-be in the Chicago-area. Find out more and join us in this mission here – https://bit.ly/masksforMOMs

Call for volunteers! We need CDC-approved handmade masks for expecting moms in the Chicago-Area. Join #Masks4MOMsIL as we ensure that pregnant Illinoisans have what they need to feel safe and secure during this journey – https://bit.ly/masksforMOMs

 

Supported by:

Access Community Health Network

Alliance Chicago

Black Girls Break Bread

EverThrive Illinois

Illinois Department of Public Health

Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative

I-PROMOTE-IL

March of Dimes

Padres Angeles

UIC Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health

UIC OCEAN Healthy Start

West Side United