The CDC and national health officials are now recommending the use of homemade masks when leaving home. In response, the Iowa City Senior Center is launching a Sewing for Seniors project to engage Senior Center volunteers that enjoy sewing to make face masks for local older adults.

The Center will provide the sewing pattern and material needed to make these masks and has partnered with TRAIL of Johnson County for contactless delivery to area seniors.

With older adults at higher risk for more severe complications from COVID-19, the Senior Center hopes to provide masks to as many area seniors as possible, beginning with our over 1,700 members. (Our members will be prompted to request a mask with an update early next week).

Community members interested in supporting this project may donate at www.icseniorcenterfriends.org. Every $5 donation provides five face masks made by and for local seniors to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

All supplies are purchased locally and the project is adhering to all safety and social distancing guidelines.

In this time of social distancing, The Center remains committed to creating opportunities to support wellness, social connections, community engagement and lifelong learning for our diverse and growing older adult population.

Note: these masks are not intended for use as professional-grade personal protection equipment.

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Monday, April 06, 2020

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