Masks and Other PPE

There is a huge need for masks and other personal protective equipment (PPE). Here’s the list of folks we know of and their needs. If you are a nonprofit organization in need of masks, PPE, or other urgent items please fill out this form.

Recognizing the efforts of many who’ve been hard-at-work sewing face masks, Gold Star Cleaners and the Records Management Center have teamed up to collect and clean donated cloth masks.

If you would like to donate cloth masks, please drop them off at Gold Star Cleaners on 220 Union St. in Bangor between the hours of 7:30 am and 8:00 pm. Records Management has donated a drop box for collection.

Gold Star has graciously offered to launder each mask.

Donated masks will be re-distributed to community members and organizations free-of-charge.

If you have masks or other PPE you would like to donate we have a number of folks looking for it.

Here are the groups we know of:

    • St Josephs Hospital has a critical need for masks or other PPE. If you are willing to donate or make masks (click here for the instructions) they will gladly accept any and all donations.
    • Wellspring has a critical need for masks or other PPE. If you are willing to donate they will gladly accept any and all donations.
    • Community Health and Counseling Services (CHCS) is running critically short on masks.  The CDC game approval for use of construction grade masks. If you know of any contractors or dentists who would like to donate masks to CHCS please let them know. Dale Hamilton, Executive Director of CHCS can be reached directly at 207-922- 4701 or DHamilton@chcs-me.org.
    • Cloth face coverings are recommended for community use in public place where social distancing measures are difficult to maintain such as the grocery store or pharmacy.
    • People should continue to practice social distancing, keeping 6 feet apart and washing hands/using hand sanitizer frequently.
    • When removing face coverings, be careful not to touch eyes, nose, and mouth. Wash hands immediately after removing.
    • Coverings should not be placed on young children under age 2, anyone who has trouble breathing, or is unconscious, incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove their own mask.
    • Cloth face coverings should be machine-washed at home after each use with usual laundering practices.
    • Bangor Public Health and Community Services provides the following information about cloth face masks:Staying home and social distancing are still the best ways to protect yourself.  However, US CDC now recommends the additional, voluntary step of wearing a cloth face covering when in public places, such as the grocery store.

 

If you would like to make masks at home click here for the instructions. Goodwill of New England is accepting these makes. You can send them to:

    • Goodwill Industries of Northern New England
      c/o Kelly Osborn
      34 Hutcherson Drive
      Gorham, Maine 04038