Giving Back to Communities in Need

PC Professional's VP of Technical Services, Jeremy Coleman teamed together with his wife, Kelly (Etsy shop owner of Kelly’s Collections) to provide easy-to-make protective face masks for SF Bay Area's most needy populations. The message behind Jeremy & his wife’s endeavor was to encourage out-of-the-box thinking and resourcefulness.

“If every business can think outside of what they normally do to serve their clients and pull their resources together, we can generate so many more solutions and make a real impact.”

- Jeremy Coleman, VP of Technical Services, PC Professional

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Jeremy and Kelly have created 300 masks which only take about 10 minutes each, all the while connecting local communities with resources to those in need. Bay Area Community Services (BACS) was thrilled to receive 120 masks donated to them through Jeremy’s coordination with Pleasanton Medical Mask Sewers and Brentwood’s Seams to Help, two major Facebook groups who are connecting healthcare professionals to volunteers who can make personal protective equipment (PPE) or deliver them directly.

Although these masks do not guarantee effectiveness to the same degree as N-95 masks, what they do provide is an influence on social behavior. An increase in home-made masks will ensure medical-grade masks are prioritized for medical professionals who are in dire supply. In addition, home-made masks will deflect wearers from touching their faces, thereby reducing the spread of bacteria. Furthermore, they provide people with a sense of safety and calm, which is invaluable at this time.

Jeremy and Kelly’s masks are cleverly designed with a detachable plastic covering. By using Velcro sides by the ears, they are easy to clean, re-use, and remove without needing to touch the face. You can download a copy of the template here to create one from home! Jeremy & Kelly's story is an inspiration to businesses everywhere, all with unique resources and connections for something valuable to offer.

Help Jeremy & Kelly Fund More Masks

Jeremy & Kelly have received over 600 emails across the country from hospitals, senior citizen homes, prisons, and nursing groups who are in desperate need of masks.

To scale up and support their innovative idea, PC Professional has set up a GoFundMe page, with a goal to raise $10,000:

https://www.gofundme.com/f/homemade-face-masks-amp-shields

If you would like, please share this link among your peers.
The funds will be used to pay for materials such as shields and fabric for volunteers to sew, and shipping to locations across America.

 

Kelly's Collection is a 5-Star Etsy shop by Kelly Coleman, providing custom-designed t-shirts and scrunchies from Brentwood, CA. To check out her unique selection of apparel and accessories, please click here to visit her website.

Kelly is accepting donation requests for protective masks. If you would like to place a request, please send an email to kelly@kellycoleman.me.

 

Jamie Almanza, MBA, CEO of BACS


“The supply of these masks is going to all of our staff on the front lines, and directly to our most vulnerable populations like at our Medical Respite Program – a rehabilitation center that provides housing, food, hygiene, and other vital resources for homeless individuals who have just been discharged following hospitalization for severe illness or injury. They will enable us to provide our clients with the help they need to stay off the streets, and ultimately save lives.”

- Jamie Almanza, CEO of Bay Area Community Services

 

BACS is a local non-profit doing “whatever it takes” to uplift the community, helping more than 100,000 people since 1953, that supports people experiencing mental health crises, housing crises, and other crises.

Please click here to leave a donation. Any amount you can offer is appreciated.
If you are interested in volunteering for their cause, please contact Nora at - ndaly@bayareacs.org.

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