In this difficult time, sewing-makers are coming to the rescue!

Globally, hand-sewn face masks are being produced by volunteer makers with sewing machines for some hospitals and clinics as a supplement to the flow of government-grade supplies.

Locally, we received word from the Public Safety Command Center at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RCPI) needing washable, hand-sewn masks to supply their staff working in outpatient and non-emergency roles.

How you can help: 

1)  Share this message with anyone who has a sewing machine and is willing to help make masks for medical or personal use. Individuals in essential jobs or those eventually returning to work may want to equip themselves with these masks.

2)  To address the need at RCPI, sewing-makers can mail their masks (Attention: Mask Donations, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, Elm & Carlton Streets, Buffalo, NY 14263).  Direct delivery can also be made at the main entrance to the RCPI Hospital.

3)  If you are aware of any medical facility needing masks, please notify us at

4)  If you know of a medical facility needing face shields, we can mobilize makers with a 3-D printing machine and match that need. Notify us at

Directions for sewing-makers:

  • Use 100% cotton (two-ply is best). Used masks can be sterilized in boiling water for 30 minutes, air-dried and reused.
  • See this video link provided by the Deaconess Hospital System for step-by-step instructions:
  • From JOANN for makers to access more resources and supplies.

    This is a public service to mobilize our community of makers in WNY.  Please be aware that careful fabrication should produce masks that are CDC compliant. However, WNY STEM Hub does not assume responsibility for donated products that fail to meet n95 standards. 



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Volunteer Makers Needed to Make Face Masks