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How can I help?

Thanks for your interest! An easy, impactful way to help is to get the word out to your friends, family, and coworkers so that healthcare providers know how to request PPE and donors can find facilities in need. Please follow and share us widely on social media. We are on Twitter (@getusppe), Facebook (getusppe.org), Instagram (@getusppe), and LinkedIn (getusppe.org).

Here are some other ways you can help:

  • Donate supplies from businesses and individuals, or make them with our handy guides. On our site, you can filter our database of more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals accepting PPE contributions by region, state, and type of PPE requested. Each hospital has provided instructions on how it can most efficiently receive donations. If you need financial or logistical assistance delivering your donation, please get in touch.
  • Encourage healthcare institutions to register their PPE needs. On our site, they can easily register, edit, or remove their request for PPE with a single intake form
  • Register as a GetUsPPE maker if you are a maker or fabricator  to get access to medically and technically reviewed, open source designs for PPE. Designs for additional types of PPE are continually being added as they are reviewed. 
  • Make a contribution to fund PPE purchases, coordination/pickup of donations, and infrastructure development. GetUsPPE is a completely volunteer-run organization and we would be grateful for your generosity. We accept donations in partnership with AFFIRM Research through the Get Us PPE Fund.
  • Sign the Petition – Your signature pushes the federal government to act now on protective equipment for healthcare workers! Sign the petition now.
  • Call Congress – Tell your representatives how important PPE is. We can connect you by phone to your representatives on our Advocacy page.
  • VolunteerGetUsPPE is a completely volunteer-run organization. We are grateful for how many people have come on board. At this point, we are looking to fill certain needs. Apply to join on our Volunteer page.


I have a database of donors and locations in need; can we merge? / I represent X organization and want to endorse/support you; can we talk?

Thanks for your interest in joining forces to ensure critical PPE to protect frontline workers in the COVID-19 crisis! GetUsPPE is a grassroots movement founded by physicians and medical researchers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our team has grown to include engineers, scientists, programmers, and concerned citizens working around the clock to get them and their colleagues the equipment they need.  We help link donors and makers directly to facilities in need. 

Collaboration is at the core of how we operate. To discuss potential partnerships, please fill out our partnership application.


What is PPE?

PPE means Personal Protective Equipment and can vary depending on the environment, contagion, etc. In the case of COVID-19, PPE helps protect healthcare workers from exposure to the virus that causes the disease. Some examples include:

  • N95 Respirators
  • Surgical Masks
  • Protectice Goggles
  • Gloves
  • Faceshields
  • Coveralls
  • Gowns
  • Booties
  • Wipes


Who are the founders of GetUsPPE.org?

GetUsPPE was founded by a team of Emergency Department physicians from across the nation who saw first-hand the need for Personal Protective Equipment as they worked with more and more patients affected by Covid-19.

Co-Founder Bios

          • Ali S. Raja, MD // Co-Founder
            Executive Vice Chair, Department of Emergency Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital
            Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine and Radiology, Harvard Medical School
            Executive Director, HMS Library of Evidence
            Editor-in-Chief, NEJM Journal Watch Emergency Medicine
          • Esther Choo, MD, MPH // Co-Founder
            Associate Professor, Center for Policy and Research in Emergency Medicine, Oregon Health & Science University
            Emergency Department Physician, Oregon Health & Science University
            Co-founder, Equity Quotient
            Founding Member and Strategic Lead, TIME’S UP Healthcare
          • Jeremy S. Faust, MD, MS, MA // Co-Founder
            Attending Physician, Department of Emergency Medicine Division of Health Policy and Public Health, Harvard Medical School
            Editor-in-chief of Brief19, ACEP Now, and cohost of FOAMcast
          • Megan Ranney, MD, MPH // Co-Founder and Organizational Lead
            Associate Professor of Emergency Medicine, Brown University
            Associate Professor of Health Services, Policy and Practice, Brown University
            Founding Director, Brown Emergency Digital Health Innovation (EDHI) program
            Chief Research Officer, American Foundation for Firearm Injury Reduction in Medicine
          • Shuhan He, MD // Founder and Medical Lead
            Emergency Medicine Physician
            Associate Director of Digital Growth Strategy, Strategic Alliance Initiative, Center for Innovation in Digital HealthCare
            Founder, ConductScience.com
          • Val Griffeth, MD, PhD // Co-Founder
            Critical Care Fellow, Department of Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University
            Clinical Associate, Department of Emergency Medicine, Oregon Health and Science University
            Emergency Physician, PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center


How is GetUsPPE solving the problem of PPE shortages?

The founding team of physicians quickly realized that the most efficient way to help solve the PPE crisis was to partner with grassroots organizations across America with similar goals. Our volunteer team is working hard to unify these efforts, datasets, and volunteers into a single, comprehensive resource. In just four days, we’ve rallied over a dozen community efforts to join forces as a single coalition, built a team of over 100 volunteer contributors, and unified a massive, multi-faceted PPE donation database. As this crisis escalates, supplies save lives and every minute counts.

There are 3 major approaches being taken today to address the PPE shortage. While organizations are operating separately to best focus our efforts, we are all in constant, active support of one another.

          1. Identify existing supply. Companies, academic labs, warehouses, factories, and even private citizens have approved PPE that they can donate. www.GetUsPPE.org (#GetUsPPE) serves to connect this donatable supply to local community need, today.
          2. Engage existing global supply chain. We have the capability to produce the PPE we need, including certified N95 masks. It will just take time. www.projectN95.com (The National COVID-19 Medical Equipment Clearinghouse) is focused on coordinating with manufacturers globally with the capacity to produce approved PPE, with the goal of making millions of units available for distribution within weeks. 
          3. Empower makers and fabricators. While we wait for supply chains to ramp up, we need to find ways to supplement our donatable supply. In addition, there are potentially other critical shortages that have yet to fully emerge, such as an anticipated need for ventilators, or shortages in underdeveloped areas. Open-source alternatives to fully approved or certified devices may help to bridge the gap.We have partnered with OSMS (Open Source Medical Supplies) to evaluate, design, validate, and source the fabrication of open source emergency medical supplies around the world, given a variety of local supply conditions. Open source designs are being medically and technically reviewed and documented with our healthcare worker’s safety as the number one priority. As designs are vetted, they will be added in real time to www.GetUsPPE.org to empower Makers and Fabricators to craft open-source alternatives that have the best chance of utility in the hospital setting.


Are you also working in other countries? / Can I help launch an international affiliate?

At the moment, GetUsPPE.org is focused on working with grassroots organizations across the United States. However, we are looking to expand our network to address the PPE shortage internationally and will post information on our website as things develop. You can contact us to discuss how to best support international endeavors.

Donating

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Where do I send my PPE donations?

Thanks for your interest in donating critical PPE to protect frontline workers in the COVID-19 crisis!  GetUsPPE.org is a centralized, nationwide platform to share information and connect our community – we do not collect and distribute PPE. Our platform empowers citizens to take direct action in their own communities, and connect with their local healthcare providers in need.

At www.GetUsPPE.org/Give, you can filter our database of more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals accepting PPE contributions by region, state, and type of PPE requested. Each healthcare provider has instructions on how they can most efficiently receive donations. You may want to directly check in with the location before going to drop off supplies; needs and processes may change quickly as the crisis escalates. If you need financial or logistical assistance delivering your donation, please get in touch. 


I have PPE to donate, but there are no donation sites in my vicinity.

Thank you for your interest in donating critical PPE to protect frontline workers in the COVID-19 crisis!

You can contact healthcare facilities in your community, ask if they need PPE, and arrange a drop-off. So many places are in need! You can also encourage them to register their PPE needs on our website.


I see an error in my PPE donation request. How do I correct it?

If you would like to make a correction to data you submitted, the fastest way to make edits is to resubmit the form with the correct data.


It seems like hospital information may be out of date or incorrect (e.g., hospital location, drop-off details, etc.)?

Our database features information that we receive from healthcare providers requesting supplies. We suggest you get in touch directly with the location you are looking to donate to and confirm details before initiating a drop-off.

We have hundreds of entries in our database where practitioners of all ranks (doctors, residents, surgeons, nurses, PAs, etc.) have listed home addresses as drop-off locations. It is a pretty good bet that this is a legitimate drop-off point, but if you’re not certain, please do contribute your PPE to another provider that needs it. They all do.


Are you collecting financial donations? Where are they going? How can I make a contribution?

GetUsPPE is a completely volunteer-run organization and we would be grateful for your generosity. Founded by physicians, we are the largest coalition of grassroots organizations across America working to ensure healthcare workers on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis get the personal protective equipment they need. As this crisis escalates, supplies save lives and every minute counts.

To support our work of getting PPE to healthcare workers, we are collecting contributions from individuals at https://getusppe.org/donate. We collect monetary donations through a designated “Get Us PPE Fund” hosted by AFFIRM, our sponsoring 501(c)3 institution. Contributions will be allocated where they are most needed, including toward funding PPE purchases, coordination or pickup of donations, and infrastructure development. We would be very grateful for your generosity.

The GetUsPPE.org team leadership is also holding initial discussions with foundations and organizations interested in providing significant levels of support. Please get in touch if you are looking to contribute on a larger scale.


Can I donate by writing a check?

Yes, absolutely — please make your check out to AFFIRM Research, and in the memo indicate that it is for the Get Us PPE Fund. 

It can be mailed to: 

AFFIRM Research
PO Box 503
Williamstown, MA 01267

We greatly appreciate your support.


I just made a donation intended to go to the PPE fund. Why does my receipt come from the AFFIRM fund?

All money donated through GetUsPPE.org will go toward supporting our coalition’s mission to facilitate provision of personal protective equipment (PPE), as well as to strengthen infrastructure to better supply our healthcare workers with the PPE they need. This work is being fiscally sponsored by AFFIRM, but no money will be used for research or programs in other issue areas.

Again, we greatly appreciate your contribution! As this crisis escalates, supplies save lives.


Can I give a financial contribution towards a specific hospital?

If you would like to make a financial donation to Get Us PPE towards funding our 100% volunteer run coordination, purchases, and distribution of supplies, as well as infrastructure development, we would be grateful for your generosity. Donations are being accepted in partnership with AFFIRM Research through the Get Us PPE Fund: www.GetUsPPE.org/Donate.

Our funding cannot be allocated to specific locations. If you want to provide funding directly to a specific hospital, we suggest you reach out directly. You can use our database of more than 1,000 hospitals to search for hospitals that are seeking PPE.

You can also look for local initiatives to collect PPE that accept financial funding.


Can I set up a crowdfunding page or employer match to support Get Us PPE?

To set up matching donations, you can:

1) Donate funds directly to a hospital you choose.: Use our database to find hospitals you would like to donate to more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals seeking PPE and then reach out directly to clarify how best to fund them.

2) Donate funds for PPE using our platform: If you would like to make a contribution towards funding PPE purchases, coordination or pickup of donations, and/or infrastructure development, we would be grateful for your generosity. We are accepting donations in partnership with AFFIRM Research through the Get Us PPE Fund.

3) Set up employer match using our EIN: 82-3454784


What is your EIN to donate funding?

Thanks so much for your generosity! We really appreciate support for our efforts to get critical PPE to frontline healthcare workers. 

Here is the EIN: 82-3454784


How do I know if this mask or design specification meets standards for healthcare use? Can I donate items that are not listed on your website? Can I donate packages of PPE that are already opened?

Every hospital and clinician will have their own guidelines for what they accept. We suggest you contact the location that you are planning to donate to and confirm their PPE requirements. As the situation evolves, their needs may be changing rapidly. 

To find local providers looking for donations: At www.GetUsPPE.org/Give, you can quickly filter our database of more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals accepting PPE contributions by region, state, and type of PPE requested. Each hospital has provided instructions on how they can receive donations most efficiently. If you need financial or logistical assistance with delivering your donation, please get in touch.



Medical Facilities

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How do I request PPE donations for my facility?

We know it’s critical that healthcare workers on the frontlines receive the PPE they need. 

GetUsPPE.org is a centralized, nationwide platform that allows facilities to request supplies and donors to find the information shared; we are not currently collecting and distributing PPE ourselves. Our platform empowers citizens to take direct action in their own communities and connect with their local healthcare providers in need.

To request donated supplies, please enter your information at www.GetUsPPE.org/request  (please resubmit form if there are any updates/corrections)

To find suppliers: We suggest that you contact our partners, Project N95 (www.projectn95.com). Project N95 is coordinating all efforts to vet and link suppliers with the right facilities.


I see an error in my PPE donation request. How do I correct it?

If you would like to make a correction to data you submitted, the fastest way to make edits is to resubmit the form with the correct data: www.GetUsPPE.org/request  


I don’t see my facility category listed. Can I request donations?

Yes – absolutely! 

We are currently updating our website to add more categories to the list. We know time is of the essence, so while we wait for this technical update, we recommend that you still submit your request for donations. Please choose a field that seems most relevant or select “Other.”

You can always update your request in the future by simply resubmitting at www.GetUsPPE.org/request.

GetUsPPE.org is a centralized, nationwide platform that allows facilities to request supplies and donors to find the information shared – we are not currently collecting and distributing PPE ourselves. Our platform empowers citizens to take direct action in their own communities, and connect with their local healthcare providers in need.


I am an individual healthcare worker. Can you supply PPE to me directly?

Thank you for your outreach and for your critical work on the frontlines!

We are focused on connecting donated PPE with facilities. We recommend you reach out to Mask Match, an organization leading direct donations for individual healthcare workers.


Makers

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Do you accept cloth masks?

Thanks for your interest in making critical PPE to protect frontline workers in the COVID-19 crisis!

If you are producing for clinicians, it is best to ensure your local hospitals and local clinicians will accept the mask design you are considering as every location has its own guidelines. We suggest you contact the location that you are planning to donate to before you start a project. Many hospital locations may not be currently accepting handmade items or may be unfamiliar with what you are referring to.

Take a look at our resource for cloth masks: https://getusppe.org/makers/face-masks/

To find local providers looking for donations, visit www.GetUsPPE.org/Give. PPE donors can filter our database of more than 1,000 U.S. hospitals accepting PPE contributions by region, state, and type of PPE requested. Each hospital has provided instructions on how it can most efficiently receive donations. If you need financial or logistical assistance delivering your donation, please get in touch. 


I am a maker who wants to make, what should I do?

Thanks for your interest in making critical PPE to protect frontline workers in the COVID-19 crisis! 


I have a great idea for how to make a piece of PPE or improve a PPE design on your site, can you review it?

We have partnered with the Open Source Medical Supplies (OSMS) group to identify, research, and source the fabrication of open source emergency medical supplies around the world, given a variety of local supply conditions.

If you are interested in submitting a PPE design for inclusion in the OSMS Medical Supply Guide, please send design documentation to info@opensourcemedicalsupplies.org. Submit designs for 3d printing to America Makes.Open source designs are being medically and technically reviewed and documented with our healthcare worker’s safety as the number one priority. Open source designs are being researched and documented with our healthcare worker’s safety as the number one priority. Once designs are validated as in use and current with regulatory and safety guidance, they will be added in real time to www.GetUsPPE.org/makers to empower Makers and Fabricators to craft open-source alternatives that have the best chance of utility in the hospital setting.


I want to make, but my business is deemed non-essential. How can I get approval to operate?

Some makers have had success calling their mayor’s office and explaining what they were doing so that they would receive a letter stating that they are essential for this purpose.

We recommend that you reach out to your local emergency management team or mayor’s office to explain what you are doing and request an exception. You need to ensure that a plan is in place to give to a hospital or other healthcare facility; in other words, that the hospital is willing to accept your fabricated masks). If you would like to find a local donation site to deliver your donation, please use our map to search for hospital needs, powered by our partner FindTheMasks.


How long does it take to make each design?

Prusa Face Shield – About 3 hours

Sewn Surgical Masks – 10 minutes to 1 hour, depending on sewing ability


I need supplies to make these things! Is anyone donating supplies or giving discounts?

Many suppliers are looking to support the maker community through donations and discounts. Please see our list of suppliers and their offers at: https://getusppe.org/makers/suppliers/


I’m a big company with a CNC, 3D printer, or other piece of equipment available for use to create PPE - what should I do?

Our focus is helping enable PPE donations to healthcare providers in need. We suggest that manufacturers contact our partner, www.projectn95.com. Project N95 is coordinating all efforts to vet and link suppliers with the right facilities.


Suppliers

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I am a manufacturer, supplier, or distributor (or I am connected with one) and would like to sell PPE.

Thanks for your interest in GetUsPPE.org. Our focus is helping enable PPE donations to healthcare providers in need. We suggest that manufacturers contact our partner, www.projectn95.com. Project N95 is coordinating all efforts to vet and link suppliers with the right facilities.


If you have urgent questions about PPE and don’t know where to go, please call the National PPE Coalition hotline: 1.855.904.3506
Note: this is not the number to GetUsPPE support, but is a third party. To reach our team find us at info@getusppe.org