2020 Fennie Community Fund
Legal-name: Masks For All California – Los Angeles Chapter
Address: 3362 N. Studebaker Rd
City: Long beach
Officer-title: Executive Director
Mission: Masks for All CA is a youth-led, community-based charity organization dedicated to providing handmade masks to the people of California who need it most, at zero cost for them.
ContactTitle: Director of Communications
Grant-purpose: To provide handmade masks to the Long Beach Community, at zero cost to them.
What-is-project: Our program is dedicated to making handmade masks to the people in our community that need it most, at zero cost to them.
Currently we have over 85+volunteers, collectively in all our Chapters, that help us with our operations. We have three types of volunteers: cutting volunteers who help us pre-cut materials, sewing volunteers, and drivers that help drive materials and masks to certain locations.
Masks are in short supply worldwide and are extremely prioritized for healthcare workers on the front lines. However, the CDC recommends that everyone wears a mask in public whether you are sick or not. As a youth, we saw a problem: masks are required but are not available or accessible. With that, Michelle and Dalya worked to come up with a project that can make and distribute reusable handmade masks to the community, including essential workers, domestic workers and high-risk individuals.
How-will-you-succeed: We know we have succeeded once we donate 7,000 masks to our community.
If we received the 10,000 grant, this is how we would use it to its very best potential. The first 7,000 would go straight to purchasing the fabric,
elastic, thread, and needles required for production. With our rate of $1 production cost per mask, we would be able to produce 7,000 masks. The next $1,500 would go towards our distribution costs, which include sanitary materials such as ziploc bags and hand sanitizer as well as shipping fees for delivery to all our chapters. The last $1,500 would go back to our amazing volunteers as stipends. We recognize that many of our volunteers have faced financial struggle during this pandemic, and we want to compensate them for their labor in a way that helps them support their families. We also understand that it may be difficult to entrust this amount of money to a youth-led organization, so we have entered a fiscal sponsorship with the Richmond Community Center in San Francisco, who have been so generous as to help us with fiscal literacy and achieve non-profit benefits.
If, and after, we receive grant funding from the Long Beach Community Foundation we will continue to apply to more grants from all across the community. As well as publicize our organization to the community if they so wish to donate to our cause.
Who-are-you: Following the disastrous effects of the COVID-19 Pandemic, mass shortages of facial masks and other necessities plagued our nation. High school students Michelle Song, and Dalya Deuss started Masks For All CA to provide handmade facial masks for those who need it most, at zero cost to them. Run by volunteers, MFACA works to make and distribute masks throughout California.
Because our project is female-led and youth-run, we try to boost or inclusivity by opening our volunteer positions to all backgrounds-socioeconomic, ethnic or otherwise-while focusing on youth. This gives youth the opportunity to contribute to the community from the safety of their homes.
We have 5 Chapters all across the nation; San Francisco CA, New Jersey, New Mexico, and New York. So far, we have been able to distribute over 4,000+ masks throughout the United States.
Ava Johnson, Natalie Driesbach and I were approached by Masks For All CA to come be apart of their organization and to create a Chapter in our own community; our home. We saw how quickly our world was changing, anything from not being able to go to school to something as simple as going outside. Just like Michelle and Dalya, we too wanted to help our community in any way we could. Equipped with our sewing, social media, and communications skills the Los Angeles Chapter was born.
Each chapter consists of 3 leaders; Director of Communications, Head of Operations, Social Media Manager. I, Alicia Lund, am the Director of Communications and oversee the Public Relations Team which consists of our Communications and Media Team. I oversee us getting sponsorships and act as a main liaison of the group between our project and organizations. I communicate with our fiscal sponsor(s) and attend our national required meetings. Our Head of Operations, Natalie Driesbach, oversees our vast network of volunteers and ensures that our transportation volunteers have a concise path to collect materials and masks from volunteers. Overall, Natalie ensures that our public mask drives run smoothly and that we are able to fulfill our organization mask to request on time. Lastly, Ava Johnson overlooks and maintains our Social Media page(s) and updates the community on a many number of things; when masks drives are held, promotes more volunteers, opens/closes manager and volunteer applications, how many masks we’ve donated, celebrates new sponsors or a rise in funds, and many other things.