Masks for Communities

Masks for Communities

Masks for Communities is a coalition of corporations, suppliers, nonprofits, and key opinion leaders and citizens working together to distribute high-filtration masks for free to people who cannot afford them to help limit the spread of COVID.

Our immediate objective is to quickly distribute 10 million masks. These will be high-quality, high filtration masks—such as NIOSH-approved N95 respirators, authentic KN95 masks, and other high quality masks—to those who want protection and yet are unable to afford these highly protective masks. These masks will be distributed on a rolling basis throughout the US where the need is greatest, with a goal of distributing all 10 million masks, to protect families and frontline workers, during this winter surge.

The Back Story

COVID is airborne and high filtration masks help to clear the air of the virus. Vaccines and boosters, ventilation, and rapid tests are all important parts of a multi-pronged approach to controlling COVID and its rapidly spreading variants as well as the surge occurring this winter.

Public health experts agree that high filtration masks are an easy, effective, non-pharmaceutical intervention that enable people to live their lives while mitigating COVID risk, and particularly important to protect from the Omicron variant, given only a minority of Americans have received a booster. We also know there is a dearth of vetted, quality masks available to the general public at brick and mortar stores.

We believe that highly protective masks should be readily available in all communities. In collaboration with local organizations, the Masks for Communities coalition will distribute free protective masks to communities in need. In addition, the coalition will work with retailers and suppliers to make these masks quickly available in retail stores for those able to purchase them.

How Can You Help?

We are raising funds to make an initial distribution of 10 million masks through partners in local communities, from churches to free and charitable clinics, to groups engaged to help others. Please donate, amplify our message, and share with colleagues.

Join Us

Everyone deserves life-saving respiratory protection during an airborne pandemic. Help us help others stay safe so we can put COVID behind us as a nation.

Who’s In The Coalition

  • Project N95
  • FXB Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University
  • Nonprofits
  • Corporations
  • Key opinion leaders
  • Manufacturers
  • Distributors
  • Private individuals wanting to help

Project N95 and Harvard University FXB Center are founding members of the Coalition.

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About Project N95

Project N95 is a founding member of the coalition. It is a national nonprofit 501(c)(3) rapid response organization which has the objective of providing access for all to affordable, authentic personal protective equipment and COVID-19 tests. We protect communities and the people who live and work in them by providing equitable access to the resources they need to stay safe through the COVID-19 pandemic.

About Harvard University’s FXB Center

The François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at Harvard University (FXB Center) is a founding member of the coalition, and will help identify community partners and ensure masks reach those most in need. The Center uses interdisciplinary approaches to promote equity and dignity for those oppressed by racism, poverty, and stigma. It partners with scholars, educators, elected officials, government agencies, nonprofit organizations, and members of the international policy community to advance health and human rights.

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