After an excellent showing in 2020 and 2021, this program has been sunset. Manufacturing infrastructure has caught up with the need in more effective ways. We are currently redirecting our mutual-aid efforts in other directions to meet local needs. A big thanks to everyone who supported our efforts and the community at large.
Personal Protective Equipment, Contract Work, and Tools
for under-resourced people and small businesses in Oakland – Free.
Small Business Tools
(sneeze guards, sanitizer dispensers, etc.)
Hours of Paid Work
(contract labor making PPE)
Evolution into an ongoing project
It will come as no surprise that the history of Oakland Community PPE and how it came to be is a bit chaotic. The COVID-19 public health emergency has thrown how we function as a society into chaos.
With a lot of simultaneous efforts that started with just a call for mask-fabric and grew to manage pallets of mask making goods and spontaneous partnerships, grants, and donations the Oakland Community PPE Program was born.
Rapid Response in March 2020
In March 2020 quarantine went into effect and Ace Makerspace temporarily closed… and the lack of PPE made its self known. Rachel Sadd, the Ace Makerspace executive direct got the green light from the board to use the Ace Resources and space to make PPE with volunteers including the Ace community in support of projects she was personally spearheading. Prioritizing safety for volunteers and creating a “drop-in” model the community went to work. The rest they say is history.
Masks, Shields, and Caps… oh, my!
The Distill My Heart Mask project was the first scale project that Ace supported. In partnership with Circuit Launch, the pieces for over 3600 masks were laser cut in just 2 weeks using the large lasers at both locations. This was matched by the previous efforts making cotton cloth masks.
Bay Area Medical Faceshield Emergency Production, an effort by the community including the amazing folks at Neils CNC, needed a clean space and the infrastructure to do kit assembly and fulfillment soon after they started. Ace and the Ace community were able to step up and provide that infrastructure helping to distribute over 1300 face shields in short order.
At the same time, a group called All Bay Area PPE sprung up. This effort coordinated by Danny Beasly of Idea Builder Labs is a rapidly-mobilized network of local fabricators, artists, community groups, and volunteers coming together to create and distribute open-source medical supplies to protect our community during the COVID-19 pandemic.
East Oakland Collective
Fresh Life Foundation
West Oakland Punks with Lunch
Oakland Communities for Equity and Justice
Wan Francisco Homeless Healthcare Clinic
Berkeley Free Clinic
Grants and Funding
Dashboard coming soon!