ITHACA, N.Y. — An Ithaca-based group of organizations — including the Ithaca Generator, members of the Cornell University engineering community and local prototyping, printing and communications company — have joined forces to help manufacture and distribute PPE by creating a website where people can donate and organizations can request the equipment.
Ithaca PPE Supply, as it is being called, is seeking to put face shields in the hands of medical professionals and organizations responding to the COVID-19 pandemic in the region. The Ithaca Voice has previously reported on Ithaca Generator crowdsourcing the resources to 3D print face shields previously, but are now all turning to local organizations who may also need help.
“The state of things on the ground has changed,” says Ithaca Generator President Elliot Wells. “We’re hearing more about needs from smaller Upstate clinics and organizations as the most pressing needs in New York City have been met.”
Hospitals, doctor’s offices, EMS providers, and outreach groups may submit requests for face shields through the website while the general public can view a list of the requests and make monetary donations that help send shields to the organization of their choosing, according to a release from the group.
“We are privileged to be in a position to provide support for front-line health workers and are tremendously grateful for all the designers, engineers, coordinators, and volunteers who have made it possible to undertake this project,” added Wells.
Donations, being collected through Ithaca Generator, via Paypal, are tax-deductible and go towards raw materials for the face shields, sterilization and shipping. Protolabs, Pioneer Printing, Cornell Univesity Engineers and Zufall Communications, all contributed to the project.
You can visit Ithaca PPE Supply’s website here.