Covid19 update: Volunteer help needed

Protective mask-making volunteers are needed in Butler County, and you can help even if you don’t sew. Volunteers are needed who can:

  • Wash and iron fabric
  • Trace a template onto fabric and then cut out the pieces
  • Sew the mask pieces together

Since early March, we’ve seen generous individuals giving their time during the Covid19 pandemic. Democratic super-volunteer Anne Schirra Baker, for example, has been hunched over a sewing machine for weeks, making masks for Butler Democratic Committee members and others upon request. 

But when the state ordered most workers and customers to wear a protective mask earlier this month, a larger-scale system was needed to serve Butler County. That system has been organized by Stuart Surkosky, a Connoquenessing Township chiropractor who is seeing requests for masks soar, but not the number of volunteers.

 “Since the announcement of the Community Health Protection Initiative (CHP), we have been receiving calls requesting masks from health care centers, age homes, and not-for-profit agencies,” Surkosky told the Butler Eagle. “The demand is very high, so we need to get the message out to rally community volunteers and organize their efforts to produce protective quality masks following our updated guide.” 

The masks he is collecting, shown in the photograph, follow a specific pattern that has been found to offer the best protection, with multiple layers and the opportunity to add an extra filter.

 If you’d like to help, the best place to start is with Surkowski. At his office on 827 Evans City Road, pre-packaged materials kits are available to pick up and take home to sew. Also available is fabric to be washed and cut to prepare for sewing.

Instructions on sewing, dropoff, and more are available at

For more information contact Surkowski at

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