500 Filters

DIY Filter Kits for fire season harm reduction for under-resourced people in Oakland – Free.

Wildfire smoke has had serious impacts in California for the last two years with under-resourced folks being the most severely impacted. This year started with a record-breaking fire season in May. The Ace Makerspace community has partnered with Homies Empowerment to reduce harm by distributing DIY Air Filters to help manage poor air quality indoors. Our goal is to distribute 500 Air Filter Kits and support a resilient and self-reliant Oakland.

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Donations will be used to:

  • Buy fans and filters
  • Print instructions and harm reduction information in English and Spanish
  • Buy filter attachment fabrication supplies


Donate fans! 

Fans: 20″ Box Fans

Send donations to:

Ace Makerspace
6050 Lowell Street, Ste. 214
Oakland, CA 94608

Join a Workparty!

See the calendar to RSVP to a workday where we will:

  • Package kits
  • Prepare instructions
  • Process donations
  • Logistical things including bringing lots of kits to Homies Empowerment for distribution

Homies Empowerment and Distribution

Homies Empowerment is our collaboration partner undertaking the distribution of air filters received as part of the 500 Filters Project. 

Homies Empowerment began in 2009 as an East Oakland youth development organization, working with gang-impacted youth. Since then Homies Empowerment has evolved to provide resources and work in solidarity alongside communities that have historically been underserved. 

To learn more about Homies Empowerment visit us on social media or at Homiesempowerment.com