Help make a difference! Get Mankato PPE is a grassroots organization, working with hundreds of volunteers to manufacture and distribute Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) within the region. They are currently seeking financial contributions as well as the materials necessary to make facemasks for individuals who need them. The following items are in high demand:
- Completed masks – homemade or commercially produced
Get Mankato PPE is also seeking volunteers, specifically quilters and sewers, to join in the effort.
“The generosity of this community has been overwhelming, but we need to keep it going,” says Priscilla Roos, founder of Get Mankato PPE. “As we anticipate the need increasing in the weeks and months to come, it is imperative that everyone continues to donate their time and talent, in addition to financial contributions.”
Get Mankato PPE was established in partnership with the Mankato Area Foundation (MAF). “Our collaboration has been critical to the success of this initiative, but with MAF’s help, we are now expanding our support system to include both Mankato and North Mankato, the two counties, as well as Greater Mankato Growth and the Greater Mankato Area United Way,” says Roos. “Through this collaboration, we hope to expand our reach and create more efficiencies for our dedicated volunteers.”
“The work being done to help provide PPE to those in the community who need them is important,” says Brian Sather, co-director of the civic center. “Since we had the storage capacity and distribution capability to assist with this effort, we wanted to help facilitate where we could be of the most service.”
“I am so impressed with this effort, but I am not surprised,” says Nancy Zallek, President and CEO of the Mankato Area Foundation. “This community always finds a way to support critical initiatives – and this is another one of them. I have not heard of any other PPE effort in the state of this scale – or level of broad collaboration.”
While donations of materials are essential, financial contributions are also critical to the success of this grassroots effort. Items can be brought to the civic center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, where staff and volunteers will manage the next steps, including sanitation and distribution. To make a financial contribution, please go to https://mankato.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?funit_id=1902
For more information on how to volunteer or where to donate materials, please contact staff at 311 or 507-387-8600.
About Get Mankato PPE
Get Mankato PPE is a nonprofit affiliate under the umbrella of the Mankato Area Foundation. Their purpose is to promote the importance of producing CDC-compliant Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), to raise funds to purchase CDC-approved materials for PPE, and to manufacture and distribute PPE throughout the region.