The Project N95 Timeline

In January 2020, the CDC reported the first laboratory-confirmed case of the the 2019 novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in the United States. Just weeks later, on March 3rd, 2020, 60 cases were reported across multiple states—Project N95 began the very same day.

Healthcare workers and first-responders were unable to find basic personal protective equipment (PPE). While desperately needed shipments failed to arrive and counterfeit masks flooded the market, doctors and nurses found themselves treating overwhelming numbers of patients with little or no protection. Project N95 stepped into the breach.

In just a few months, hundreds of volunteers banded together to help get life-saving equipment to the front lines of the fight against COVID. Over the next three years, we brought masks, tests, and other critical items to medical professionals and the general public.


This is the true story of how a tiny nonprofit ultimately delivered more than 42 million pieces of PPE to people in need.