We are taking applications to work to make much needed medical masks. If you have a sewing machine, please engage with us here. Read the FAQs below and complete a W9 to work with us!
1. Who is GreenFare Health and Wellness?
GreenFare Health and Wellness is an IRS certified non-profit focused on a holistic approach to health with a foundation of a whole food, plant-based lifestyle and an integrated practice of supporting health practitioners and medical professionals, established in August 2019. GreenFare stepped into the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) arena as the need for medical masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic became apparent.
2. What kind of Personal Protection Equipment will be made?
Initially, two ply 100% pre-washed cotton, reusable medical masks will be produced. Other aspects of PPE are being reviewed: gowns and face shields may be included in the future.
3. Where will the masks be made?
Masks will be sewn at the Maker’s location.
4. Is there a need for the Maker to purchase the materials or equipment?
Kits will be furnished at no cost and will include pre-washed, pre-cut fabric and elastic cords to make 100 masks per kit.
5. What is my responsibility?
As a contractor to GreenFare, you are responsible for providing a working sewing machine, thread (unless provided for a special order), and assembling the medical masks from provided kits as well as picking up fabric kits and delivering completed masks to the designated locations. Please note that mask consistency is critical.
6. How do I get started?
Provide a completed W9 and indicate amount of time that you can dedicate per week to this effort and your available start date in the contact form below.
7. What do the fabric kits consist of?
Each kit will contain enough pre-washed, pre-cut 6” x 9” fabric panels as well as elastic cording to make 100 two-ply masks.
8. How do I obtain a kit?
After completing an application, you will be notified when kits are available for you to pick up. Do not visit the sites unless you have been accepted as a Maker.
The following will be the pick-up and delivery locations:
GreenFare Organic Cafe
408 Elden Street
Herndon, VA 20170
Days & Time: Monday - Saturday 11AM - 7PM and Sunday 4PM - 7PM
10391 Central Park Drive
Manassas, VA 20110
Days & Time: Monday - Friday 8AM – 4PM
9. How do I make the masks?
There is are two videos below showing step by step directions on how to sew the medical mask. We are currently using two colors (if one color fabric use, lighter fabric for back side) to allow users to identify the front and back of the mask. Masks must have 3 pleats and be 3" in width when laid flat.
10. Is there a time frame from pick up the kit to delivering the completed masks?
Yes, completed masks will need to be delivered within 7 days from pick up.
11. What if I am unable to deliver completed masks within the 7 days?
Once the masks are completed, deliver them to the designated location for inspection; your next kit size will be adjusted to match your weekly capability or contact us if you are unable to complete the kit.
12. How much will be paid for making the masks?
MASK CONSISTENCY IS KEY. Masks requiring rework will be returned to the maker or a reduced fee paid based on the level on completion. $2.00 per completed and approved mask will be paid via check at the completion of a 100 mask kit. Once the kit is completed, it will be returned for inspection, exchange for a new kit, and with weekly payments by check.
13. How do I continue with the next fabric kit?
You can pick up your next fabric kit at the same time you are delivering your completed masks with approval from our kit coordinator. If you can complete more than 100 masks in a week, then an additional kit can be requested.
14. What happens if a mask is damaged beyond repair or lost?
Bring the damaged mask(s) fabric and cording back in and turn in as damaged. We will salvage all we can for other uses. You will not be paid or charged for the mask(s) that fail inspection.
15. What happens if a mask or masks fails to pass the quality control inspection?
The individual will be notified that there are mask(s) that failed quality control inspection. The mask(s) would be set aside under the individuals name and given back to the individual when they return with their next delivery and fabric kit pick up. The individual can repair the mask(s) at that time and returned with the next delivery and inspection. Once the mask(s) passes the quality control inspection the individual will be paid for the completed mask(s).
16. How do I return the completed mask(s) and pick up the next fabric kit if I am unable to return in person to deliver them?
You can notify us via email and provide the name of the person who will be delivering for you and picking up your next fabric kit. We will check identification once they arrive. After notifying us via email you can box them up and ship them to either delivery location.
17. Can individuals living outside of the area or state get involved?
Unfortunately, we are currently not set up to ship materials inside or outside of the area. If an individual is willing to drive to pick up the kit and return the completed masks, we will consider this on a case by case basis.
18. Do you have any other projects you need help with?
Yes, individuals who possess the following talents are being sought: Fabric cutters (must have experience at cutting large quantities of fabric), Kit Makers (assemble fabric and elastic into kits)
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