Project: Sew & Protect

The Rockaway community in New York City is at the epicenter of the corona virus. We are calling on any garment manufacturers or home sewers to help provide protective masks to our community. Learn how you can help. 


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Project: Sew & Protect

RISE has kicked off a call to action to garment manufacturers and home sewers nationwide to make hand sewn protective apparel (masks, neck gaiters) for us to distribute to essential businesses in the Rockaways, including: medical facilities, food pantries, food distributors, schools enrichment centers, homeless shelters, and senior centers.

The CDC just announced that EVERYONE should wear a mask, as a preventative measure to scale back on the spread of the virus.  There is a lot of demand for masks in the Rockaway, Queens community, as we are at the epicenter of the epidemic.

If you are one of the hundreds of home sewers or garment manufacturers who have the ability to make masks or neck gaiters, we encourage you to do so, to help us to provide masks to those working on the front lines to ensure they have the protection they deserve to do their jobs.

• If you are a garment manufacturer or home sewer anywhere in the US, we want to hear from you. Email us at:

•  If you are an essential business in the Rockaways seeking protective masks, please get in touch so we can provide masks for your staff and volunteers.

In addition, to supplying local businesses with masks, RISE has scheduled virtual DIY sewing classes hosted by NYC fashion designers to teach people how to make their own protective apparel for themselves or loved ones with materials they have at home. Tune in Fridays at 2:15PM for our Zoom DIY Sewing Classes:

Thank you to everyone who has sent us protective masks for our community. We appreciate your efforts and hope to help our nation get through this very difficult time. Stay safe.
For more information or questions, please email us at: