Mask Making Instructions

By making masks with buildOn, you have joined a global service project to help protect communities across the globe from COVID-19. From high school students in Oakland to mothers in Burkina Faso, our community has united to collectively distribute 50,000 masks. In order to help you serve successfully, we have compiled answers to a few frequently asked questions. Good luck and thanks again!

How Do I Assemble My Face Masks?

Each mask kit includes instructions and a template for assembling your masks. Just in case you need a little extra help, buildOn Service Learning Coordinator Ashley from Detroit will walk you through the simple process step-by-step:

Download the instructions and template for assembling your masks.

What Should I Do with My Finished Masks?

Our goal is to get these masks into the hands of people who need them most. After keeping a mask for yourself and giving out to friends and family in need, we suggest researching local organizations in need of masks in your area. You can also mail finished masks to buildOn service partners where our students serve:

Detroit Rescue Mission

150 Stimson St., Detroit, MI 48201

The Detroit Rescue Mission is a longtime partner of buildOn Detroit. People who are homeless or facing poverty are particularly at risk right now, and many are left without shelter or access to much needed personal protective gear.

Breakthrough Urban Ministries

3219 W Carroll Ave Chicago Ave. 60624

Breakthrough houses both a women’s and men’s shelter for people experiencing homelessness as well as a fresh food market and pantry for the community in the Garfield Park neighborhood on Chicago’s West Side.

Feel the Warmth

Attn: Lynn Hudler, 755 Clinton Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605

buildOn students love working at this food pantry in their community! It serves people experiencing food insecurity out of Saint George Episcopal Church in Bridgeport.

Grove Hall Community Center

Attn: Ayana Green 51 Geneva Avenue, Boston, MA 02121

The Grove Hall Community Center is currently packaging free meals for seniors in the Dorchester community. Before COVID-19, they also offered a host of activities for seniors, including Spanish and computer classes that buildOn students helped lead!

Susan’s Place

c/o Mecca buildOn, 1921 Jerome Ave Bronx, New York 10453

Susan’s Place is a favorite place for buildOn Bronx students to serve! It is a homeless shelter serving women in New York City.


Attn: Teddy Feldman, 722 Washington St., Oakland, CA 94607

Cityteam is a homeless shelter and men’s drug and alcohol rehabilitation center that provides three meals a day to anyone who needs food. buildOn has been volunteering with Cityteam for over 10 years.

Madison Park Grab and Go

Attn: Bianca Lorenz, 1424 Hampel St Apt. 1, Oakland, CA 94602

The Madison Park Grab and Go supports families with meals for the whole week. They have also added a computer pick-up and a library station to support families with learning resources. Your masks will go to families buildOn works with regularly.

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