Find The Helpers began as several independent volunteer groups crafting handmade PPE. In March of 2020, the COVID-19 National Emergency and a global PPE shortage left many hospitals and emergency response systems with low reserves of critical supplies.
Ingenuity and compassion are two hallmarks of the American spirit, and so everyday people realized they could help their communities during this crisis by making PPE. Crafters shared patterns for hand sewn masks. Hobbyists shared recipes for 3D printed face shields. Inventors shared ideas to help slow the spread of the Coronavirus.
Our groups began to share not just ideas but resources and logistics. We found that by working together we not only helped our volunteers make better items to donate, but also helped them more effectively donate their items. By sharing which facility needed specific items, our volunteers could craft and donate what was of most use.
We realized that we could help facilities in an unexpected way. The burden of submitting requests and following up on potential donations is high in normal circumstances. The strain that places on medical or relief personnel during a prolonged emergency is extreme. When we shared information between groups, we helped ensure each need was met as quickly and completely as possible.
We started Find The Helpers as a way to empower people to realize that they can become the person that others look to in an emergency. We realized that if we can be the helpers, anyone can too. We want to encourage that in all communities. Any community might have an emergency in the future. Every community needs helpers that are ready to lend a hand. Find the Helpers is an open-source collaboration between volunteers across the United States.
Find The Helpers does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, gender, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations.