Volunteer and be a part of an urgent mission to help assemble 50,000 mask kits (150,000 masks total) to be distributed across Wake County to slow the spread of COVID-19! In just a single two-hour shift, a volunteer can assemble up to 100 kits – wow! Volunteers must be age 18+. Volunteer location is in Downtown Raleigh. Please read volunteer information and safety requirements below. Volunteers must register to participate. Volunteers are encouraged (but not required) to sign up for multiple shifts to minimize contact.
About “Operation Mask Up”
Wake County Government has partnered with WakeMed, Bank of America, Wells Fargo and BCBS of NC to provide mask kits for all communities in Wake County. Now Activate Good is recruiting the many hands needed to assemble these kits! What started as a small pilot in the SE Raleigh area has now blossomed into a county-wide effort to ensure that residents in Wake County have access to face coverings. To date roughly 70,000 masks have been distributed. to the areas of the county that had the highest rates of COVID cases and COVID-related deaths. Contributions from Bank of America, Wells Fargo, and BCBS of NC have allowed the County to expand its efforts county-wide.
The success of this distribution effort relies heavily on volunteer contributions! Please sign up to help everyone mask up!
Volunteers are needed to assemble mask kits for distribution across Wake County. Mask Kit assembly shifts take place in Downtown Raleigh. Volunteer shifts occur on Tuesdays and Thursdays in two-hour blocks between 12:30 and 7:30 PM. See all shifts and sign up here. Volunteers must be age 18 and up and comfortable standing and moving around for up to two hours. Volunteers are encouraged (but not required) to sign up for multiple shifts if available to minimize contact. Please plan to consume any food or beverages OFF site before or after your shift.
Volunteer Safety Requirements
We care about and rely on all of our volunteers – so this is IMPORTANT. For the health and safety of all, please do not join us at this project if you:
- Are experiencing any symptoms or feel unwell
- Share space with someone who is ill
- Have recently traveled out of the country or to any COVID-19 hot spots
- Have been exposed to any confirmed case of COVID-19
Additionally, volunteers must answer a series of questions regarding any potential symptoms and have their temperatures taken before entering the building. All volunteers are required to wash hands upon entry and wear masks and gloves when packaging the kits, and we sanitize the work tables before and after each shift. Shifts are limited to seven volunteers per shift to ensure that there is enough room to be socially distant. There is only one person per table, so we do enforce social distancing protocols during each packaging kit. At the conclusion of each shift, volunteers will sanitize and prep tables for the next coming shift and wash hands again upon exiting the building.
Please do not put yourself or anyone else at risk by coming to volunteer when sick. Any volunteer displaying signs of illness during this project will kindly be directed to return home, monitor their health, and volunteer at another time.
Thank you for your help to ensure thousands of neighbors have masks to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spread!
PS – Does your organization need masks for your communities?
Contact Amanda Salami for mask information and pick-ups: Amanda.Salami@wakegov.com.
Seeking other ways to volunteer to support local causes during the Coronavirus pandemic? Check out our regularly updated list of volunteer needs, including some remote volunteer projects, here.