We were recently introduced to Pioneer Medical Foundation by our friends at Lily Pharmacy, our neighbors at the other end of University Mall.  Pioneer Medical Foundation is a nonprofit organization that serves the homeless, refugee, uninsured and underinsured adult population throughout Hillsborough and Pasco Counties with quality free medical care and resources.  The Foundation’s Executive Director, Ano Kashumba APRN-C reached to AMRoC seeking Personal Protective Equipment (PPE).

Ano Kashumba, Executive Director of Pioneer Medical Foundation, picking up face shields at AMRoC Fab Lab recently, and checking out our sewing machines.

Between our community partner MRG3D and our own efforts at AMRoC we’ve been able to supply Pioneer Medical with over 300 protective face shields. But they also need face masks for their clients, especially those living in homeless communities either on the street or in temporary tent shelters that have been erected to help with COVID-19 quarantine efforts.

To that end, we’re employing our five freshly serviced sewing machines at AMRoC to productive good use making face masks for the Pioneer Medical Foundation to distribute to the communities they serve.  Currently, Tuesdays and Thursdays are devoted to face shield production and collection at AMRoC.  We’d like to turn Wednesdays and Fridays into our AMRoC Sewing Circle days, and we’re inviting anyone who enjoys sewing to please join us!

AMRoC currently remains open by appointment only, and sewing groups of up to 5 people per three hour shift would be the only people on site, in addition to one or two AMRoC staff.  Each sewing machine is on its own table, and everyone will be a safe 6 feet or more apart.  All materials are provided and all sewing stations are sanitized before and after each use.

We’re feel good about the useful work we’re doing at AMRoC during this challenging time,  and we’re happy to share the resources we have at the Fab Lab to help the helpers.  We hope you’ll join us.