Covid-19 response

Updated 04.13.20 at 15:01 PST

Seattle Makers has temporarily remade itself.   

In response to the Covid 19 pandemic, we’ve suspended our usual operations, closing to members and the public, and have turned our focus 100% to filling the need for Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Note: We recently changed the way you can request products. Because we’re giving products away for free, products are no longer in our store, and donating can be done separately. If you request PPE, please donate to cover the cost if you can.  You can request PPE here, and donate here.

$20,000 handwashing station prototype
10 handwashing stations

We are raising funds to cover the cost of the PPE we’re giving away.  The milestones shown above are for the production of handwashing stations.

We have focused all of our own tools and expertise toward the production of PPE, and we’re rallying and coordinating with our network of makers to have the greatest impact in the shortest time that we can.  The PPE products we make and collect from our network of Makers are given freely both to the medical community battling Covid 19 and to other members of our community in need, including essential workers, and immunocompromised and elderly neighbors.  We are able to give these out freely due to generous donations from the community.

In more normal times we help educate, inspire and grow the maker community by offering classes, events and a well-equipped makerspace available to members.  We are rolling out more remote events and classes.  You will be able to find all our classes here – more coming soon.  We’re inspired by how the Maker community has stepped up to fill a critical need in this crisis and we’re proud to be a central hub for this community.

Since shifting our focus to making PPE, we’ve sacrificed a significant part of our normal operating revenue. Some of our members have generously continued paying membership dues, which has been absolutely essential in keeping us going. However, even after cutting our costs as much as possible and accepting substantial volunteer support, we still need to make up some funding in order to continue giving out PPE as quickly as possible and to ensure our future as a resource for Makers.

If you are in need of PPE, would like to help us make PPE, or can support us through our donation campaign, we invite you to join us!

To keep up with the success we’re having, learn how to sign up for updates and/or follow us on social media here.

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