COVID-19 - Ways to Help - VA Maryland Health Care System
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VA Maryland Health Care System

 

COVID-19 - Ways to Help

Ways to Help

During these challenging and unprecedented times, many community members, organizations and companies are asking how they can support our health care system, our veteran patients and our employees. We are currently accepting essential supplies and other contributions to support our veteran patients and frontline health care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.


Make an In-Kind Donation

The VA Maryland Health Care System is currently accepting:
  • Unused N95 respirators
  • Unused disposable ear loop surgical masks
  • Unused disposable tie-back surgical masks
  • Unopened packages of disposable gloves
  • Unopened containers of disinfecting/antibacterial wipes
  • Packaged, unused protective goggles
  • Unused face shields/eye shields
  • Isolation/disposable gowns
  • Cloth isolation gowns
  • Homemade cloth isolation gowns – Handmade Gowns for Heroes Project
  • Reusable (washable) laboratory coats
  • Unused disposable laboratory coats
  • Handmade cloth masksHandmade Masks for Heroes Project
  • Hand sanitizer (no homemade versions)
Now is a great time to demonstrate your support for our nation’s veterans who selflessly fought for the freedom we enjoy today and are now fighting the battle against COVID-19. It is also a great opportunity to support VA health care workers who are on the frontline 24 hours a day, 7 days a week caring for Maryland’s veterans during this pandemic.

Questions & Delivery Details

For questions or to schedule a date and time to deliver an in-kind donation, please call our Voluntary Service Office at 410-642-1136 or email vamhcsvoluntaryservice@va.gov.

Woman sewing masks

 Handmade Gowns for Heroes Project

Our Handmade Gowns for Heroes Project is a way for local community members to support the needs of Maryland’s veterans and the frontline employees and health care workers who are taking care of them during the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Larry Hogan, the Governor of Maryland, enacted an emergency order to protect residents and staff in nursing home facilities/community living centers throughout the state. The directive requires all staff who interact with nursing home/community living center residents to wear personal protective equipment, including isolation gowns.

How to Make Isolation Gowns

Step By Step Instructions

  • You can find a pattern and detailed instructions for how to make isolation gowns at the following link, but use the pattern for the gown only: Pattern & Instructions for Sewing a Unisex Isolation Gown.
  • Once completed, you can contact our Voluntary Service Office to coordinate a drop-off time and day.
  • Our Infection Control staff will inspect all handmade isolation gowns before they are distributed to employees that work directly with residents in our community living centers.

Questions & Delivery Details

For questions or to schedule a date and time to deliver your handmade gowns as part of the Handmade Gowns for Heroes Project, please call our Voluntary Service Office at 410-642-1136 or email vamhcsvoluntaryservice@va.gov.

 Handmade Masks for Heroes Project

Our Handmade Masks for Heroes Project is a way for local community members to support the needs of Maryland’s veterans and the frontline employees and health care workers who are taking care of them during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued guidance approving the use of cloth masks in certain settings.

The Facts

  • These masks can be worn by veteran patients, visitors and employees that do not provide direct patient care. 
  • Unlike the N95 masks, these masks are not designed to prevent COVID-19 entirely. If constructed properly, they will prevent some transmission. 
  • Sewing experience, not expertise, is required to fabricate these masks correctly. 

How to Make Face Masks

Step By Step Instructions

  • You can find instructions for how to make masks at the following CDC website: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html.
  • Once completed, you can put the masks in a sealed bin or bag and contact our Voluntary Service Office to coordinate a drop-off time and day.
  • Our Infection Control staff will inspect all handmade masks before they are distributed to patients, visitors and employees that do not provide direct patient care.

Questions & Delivery Details

For questions or to schedule a date and time to deliver your handmade masks as part of the Handmade Masks for Heroes Project, please call our Voluntary Service Office at 410-642-1136 or email vamhcsvoluntaryservice@va.gov.