Frequently Asked Questions

Get Us PPE is committed to helping you find answers and resources quickly. Our FAQ is categorized by the following sections:

General         Donations         Facilities         Makers         Suppliers

General FAQ


How can I help?

An easy, impactful way to help is to get the word out to your friends, family, and coworkers so that frontline workers know how to request PPE, donors can find facilities in need, and makers can access designs and tips is to follow and share us widely on social media. We are on Twitter (@getusppe), Facebook (getusppe.org), Instagram (@getusppe), YouTube (Get Us PPE), 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. If you have PPE to donate, please visit the Give page. The top of the page lists links for different types of donors. Please select the option that applies best, and you will be directed to the next steps to register your donation.
  • Encourage healthcare institutions to register their PPE need. On our site, they can easily register or update their request for PPE with a single intake form
  • Make PPE. Makers and fabricators can register to get access to medically and technically reviewed, open sources designs for PPE. To get started, please review instructions, join the maker force, and start making. Designs for additional types of PPE are continually being added as they are reviewed.
  • Make a contribution to Get Us PPE. As a nonprofit, we obtain PPE via donations and makers, then deliver it to under-resourced facilities at no cost to them. Get Us PPE is a volunteer-driven organization and we would be grateful for your generosity. Donate funds.
  • Call your elected leaders. Healthcare professionals and frontline workers need our help right now to make sure they can do their jobs and protect us. Please call on your federal, state, and local leaders to provide the personal protective equipment we need.
  • Volunteer to help. Get Us PPE is a volunteer-driven 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.


Can we collaborate? I want to partner with you... I have a database of donors and locations in need... Can we merge? I represent an 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 coalition of grassroots, professional, and corporate partners founded by emergency room physicians and built by volunteers with a joint mission to put critical PPE into the hands of frontline workers right now.

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
  • Protective Goggles
  • Gloves
  • Face Shields
  • Coveralls
  • Gowns
  • Booties
  • Wipes


Who are the founders of Get Us PPE?

Get Us PPE 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

Donations FAQ


Where do I send my PPE donations?

Thanks for your interest in donating critical PPE to protect frontline workers in the COVID-19 crisis! Get Us PPE is the largest national organization getting personal protective equipment (PPE) to frontline workers who need it most. As a nonprofit, we obtain PPE via donations and makers, then deliver it to under-resourced facilities at no cost to them. Fair and equitable distribution is vital to our mission.

If you have PPE to donate, please visit our Give PPE page. Complete the form to let us know the PPE you want to donate and how to reach you for pick-up and coordination. We use our database to provide a matching service to connect donor PPE with a recipient in need. Our all-volunteer Match Team will follow up with you via email as soon as they can to assist you in  identifying locations that are in need of your specific donation items.


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

Get Us PPE is a volunteer-founded organization and we would be grateful for your generosity. We are the largest national organization getting personal protective equipment (PPE such as masks, gloves, and isolation gowns) to frontline workers who need it most. As a nonprofit, we obtain PPE via donations and makers, then deliver it to under-resourced facilities at no cost to them. Fair and equitable distribution is vital to our mission.

To support our work of equitably distributing donated PPE, we are collecting contributions from individuals on our Donate page.  Contributions will be allocated where they are most needed, including toward funding PPE purchases, coordination or pickup of donations, and infrastructure development. 

Get Us PPE 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 Get Us PPE, and mail it to:

Get Us PPE
2300 18th St NW, #21289
Washington, DC 20009

We greatly appreciate your support.


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

Thanks for your interest in getting critical PPE to protect frontline workers in the COVID-19 crisis!  We very much appreciate your support. To set up donations, you can:

1) Donate funds for PPE: Go to GetUsPPE.org/Donate to make a contribution towards funding PPE purchases, coordination or pickup of donations, and/or infrastructure development. We are grateful for all donations large and small. We are a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations are tax deductible.

2) Set up employer match using our EIN: 85-2700002


What is your EIN to donate funding?

EIN: 85-2700002

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


I want to donate material to makers to create PPE. How can I do that?

Thank you for your interest in helping makers! To donate materials for makers to make, please see the form on our Give PPE page.


Medical, Health, and Social Services Facilities FAQ


How do I request PPE donations for my facility?

We know it’s critical that frontline workers receive the PPE they need. 

Get Us PPE is the largest national organization getting personal protective equipment (PPE such as masks, gloves, and isolation gowns) to frontline workers who need it most. As a nonprofit, we obtain PPE via donations and makers, then deliver it to under-resourced facilities at no cost to them. Fair and equitable distribution is vital to our mission.

To request donated supplies, please enter your information on our Request PPE page.

To find suppliers, we suggest you contact our partners at Project N95. Project N95 is coordinating all efforts to vet and link suppliers with the right facilities.

Please note: We can’t guarantee that we’ll be able to find donations to fulfill the needs of every provider. We very much wish that we could, and our supply-demand matching team is working around the clock to address shortages wherever they can. Registering your need will get you one step closer to us finding you a PPE match.


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

If you would like to make a correction to data you submitted, or update a previously submitted PPE request, please update your existing PPE request. This link is also found on our Request page.


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

We recommend that you submit your request for PPE donations and select the facility type that seems most relevant or select “Other”.


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! Individual healthcare workers can request PPE using our Request form. Please select the option that indicates you are requesting on behalf of yourself. 


Makers FAQ


Do you accept cloth masks?

Yes, there are several facilities that are accepting cloth masks. Feel free to take a look at our resource for cloth masks.

If you have PPE to donate, please visit our Give PPE page and complete the form to let us know the PPE you want to donate and how to reach you for pick-up and coordination. We use our database to provide a matching service to connect donor PPE with a recipient in need. Our all-volunteer Match Team will follow-up with you via email as soon as they can to assist you in identifying locations that are in need of your specific donation items.


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! We are grateful for your interest.

To get started, visit our Make PPE page to review instructions, join the maker force, and start making PPE.

Do you offer financial support for makers?

We appreciate all the ways in which the makers have stepped up during this crisis and understand that the length of the crisis has really put a strain on makers. We have a General Maker Grant Application that can be found part way down on our Make PPE page, or go directly to the grant.

Again, thank you for the tireless dedication to helping people stay safe.

I want to donate material to makers to create PPE. How can I do that?

Thank you for your interest in helping makers! To donate materials for makers to make, please see the form on our Give PPE page.

I have a great idea for how to make a piece of PPE or improve a PPE design. Can you review it?

If you have a 3D-printed or additive-manufacturing design, we welcome you to submit it for review at America Makes for NIH. America Makes has joined forces with the FDA, NIH, and VA to leverage their public health and safety expertise to deliver safe PPE.

If you have a non-3D printed design, we welcome you to submit design ideas for technical review with Open Source Medical Supplies (OSMS) here.

We have partnered with Open Source Medical Supplies (OSMS) 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 by medical experts, they will be added to our Makers section of our website to empower Makers and Fabricators to craft open-source alternatives that have the best chance of utility in the hospital setting.

Please note that reviewing your design may take some time due to the sheer volume of new designs OSMS is receiving. Thank you for your patience!

More maker resources: Review instructions, join the maker force, and start making at our Make PPE page.


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.


Suppliers FAQ


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

Our focus is on helping enable PPE donations to those who need it most. If you are looking to sell PPE, we suggest that manufacturers, suppliers, sellers, and distributors contact our partner Project N95. Project N95 is coordinating all efforts to vet and link suppliers with the right facilities.

If you’d like to donate PPE, please visit our Give PPE page. You will be directed to fill out the form on this page and we will be happy to help with pick-up and delivery logistics. We are also always interested in donations of logistical assistance, such as warehousing, kitting, and last-mile transportation. If you would like to donate logistical assistance, please email us at info@GetUsPPE.org.


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

To reach Get Us PPE, email us at info@getusppe.org