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Face Mask Project Supports Maui (and You Can Too!)

Behind the scenes at the Maui Filter Face Mask project!

During this COVID-19 pandemic, medical-grade filter face masks are in need, and an inspiring group is taking action.

The Maui Filter Face Mask Project, founded by dressmaker Jennifer Oberg, is solely volunteer-led. See how the idea began and grew in our video above.

Filling a Need

The masks are cut and sewn from a custom prototype, designed as a way to give medical workers on Maui more coverage. Thousands of masks have gone out to first responders and essential workers in the medical field…but thousands more need to be made in order to hit the project goal of 10,000.

You Can Help, Really!

Maui Filter Mask Project sewing
If you can work a sewing machine, fantastic…but even if you can’t, there are many other ways to join in the face mask-making process!!

Team leaders welcome volunteers, whether they know how to sew or not, in several sanitized, organized and socially-distanced workrooms at Seabury Hall. All volunteers are pre-screened, and wear masks and gloves while on their shifts, which range from two hours to all day (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

To become a volunteer, donate toward materials or supply lunches, email project coordinators at MauiFaceMaskProject@gmail.com.

A GoFundMe Campaign called Maui Face Mask Fund has also been established to accept donations, or you make checks payable to Kathleen Baldwin & Jennifer Oberg (please write Maui Face Mask Fund in the memo field) and send them here:

Attn: Kathy Baldwin
PO Box 1479, Makawao, HI 96753

And just a note that this has not been established as a 501(c)(3) organization; it’s a grassroots, volunteer-run project created to address the immediate need for filter face masks on Maui.

Community Connections

Countless restaurants have provided the volunteers with daily lunches, and businesses like Olympia Clothing and Minit Medical have donated supplies to help with product shortages.

Along with all the volunteers and donors, the people behind this team deserve a big MAHALO!

  • Jennifer Oberg – Founder & Director
  • Kathy Baldwin – Team Leader & Fundraising
  • Russell Van Dyken – Design
  •  Julie MacMillan – Volunteer Coordinator
  • Caroline Crumlish – Manufacturing Foreperson
  • Kimber Carhart – Fundraising, Media & Donor Relations
  • Kim Abrahamson – Media & Lunch Coordinator
  • Lynn Rasmussen – Community Liaison
  • Mike Gagne – Deliveries
  • Debbie Benton – Purchasing & Supply Procurement

Check out the Maui Face Mask Fund Facebook page to learn more about this great group that’s putting in energy every day to keep us #MauiStrong!!