Last Mile is a national volunteer network focused on getting personal protective equipment directly into the hands of frontline healthcare workers.
Frontline healthcare providers across the country are scrambling to meet a huge spike in demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Many efforts, large and small, have sprung up to solve this problem, with varying speeds and levels of expertise in the complicated systems that make up this space. In the meantime, frontline healthcare workers are treating COVID-19 positive patients without the necessary gear.
Until supply chains at the global and national level are rebuilt, we believe that communities have a once in a generation call to step up, get organized, and build a temporary – but critically necessary – “human infrastructure” to support those on the front line of this crisis.
“[Dr. J] will take the masks to the clinic tomorrow, and I know they will be put to good use—she’s been using the same one for three weeks.”Physician at a community health center in Boston serving predominantly Latinx and immigrant populations
We’ve delivered tens of thousands of masks to over three hundred frontline providers in dozens of hospitals and healthcare institutions from New York City to San Diego. But we need to do more.
Money raised will go directly to the purchasing and distribution of critical PPE to the providers who are the most at risk, and to the hospitals that are most under-resourced and serving low income or at-risk populations.
We focus on N95 masks because out of all PPE, respirator masks offer the highest protection from exposure of the virus. Your donation will secure these protective masks and other PPE for communities where we have a local Last Mile volunteer group already in place: Boston, Los Angeles, New Orleans, San Diego, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Miami, and NYC (with more to come).