Our Primary Goals Were to:
1. Encourage Ordinary Citizens to Make & Wear Cloth Face Masks! Wearing a cloth face mask does/did not prevent the COVID-19 Virus from entering your own body. That said, COVID-19 was (and continues to be) spread via expectorant, the small molecules that leave your mouth when you talk, cough, sneeze, etc. Wearing a cloth face mask reduces the distance your expectorant will travel, limiting the chance of you spreading the virus to others if you are currently infected, whether you are sick or asymptomatic.
2. Support a Mutual-Aid Network Delivering Masks to Individuals & Families in Need. Many high-risk individuals and families during the pandemic were continuing to go to work, get their own groceries & supplies, etc. The MaskMvmt.org portal allowed people to request masks in a safe & secure way, notifying volunteers on the back-end who were mobilized to deliver masks based on the supply being made in the corresponding “zone”.
3. Increase Capacity & Streamline a Decentralized Mask-Making Community. SEEKJOY worked with community partners to acquire bulk materials and used an industrial process to cut & prepare “mask-making kits” that were distributed to volunteer sewists across Minnesota. These mask-making kits sped up the process of making masks, allowing more face coverings to be supplied into the system to meet the ever-growing list of requests.