FAQ

Where do my monetary donations go?

Your donations will go directly to shipping and/or material costs! All of our masks are made by volunteer sewists. Every time you order a mask from us and donate the suggested value, we are able to help someone in Berkshire County who desperately needs a cloth face covering but lacks the means to acquire one. If there are any remaining funds by the end of this initiative, we will donate the rest to another student-run organization providing COVID-19 support to the Berkshire community. 

What are the dimensions of your masks? Is there an option for me to customize my mask?

It is important to us that the mask we send you is wearable. Our standard size masks are made of 100% double layered cotton, approximately 8.5 X 6.5 inches, with 7.5 inches of elastic band per side (or 24 inches of ribbon per cut for the adjustable masks). The large size is 0.5 inches larger on all dimensions: 9 x 7 inches. These masks are machine washable and very durable, with a 3D design that allows the mask to cover your nose and mouth comfortably without pressing on the latter. If you believe that your mask will need additional add-ons to ensure that you can use it, please email jhp2@williams.edu and we would be happy to work with you on your individual mask needs. 

Can I order multiple kinds of masks? 

Although we wish we could provide you with as many masks as you need, our first priority is to provide at least one mask for anyone in our community that needs it. The WMI’s primary mission is to provide masks to the most vulnerable individuals in Berkshire County. Because of this commitment, we have limited resources to spend on masks for others. If you do need additional masks, please contact jhp2@williams.edu for your request. We will do our best to help you! 

Where does the information on the Mask Request Form go?

Any personal information we collect from the Google Form goes directly to a corresponding spreadsheet that is only accessible by the WMI team. This information is used solely for us to mail you your mask; all data will be deleted soon afterwards.

Why are you giving out masks to members of the Williams community?

We wanted to make masks readily available to help make our campus as safe as possible for the sake of the vulnerable members of our community. Additionally, we wanted to bring awareness to our initiative, which has the primary goal of providing masks to the high-risk populations of Berkshire County. Please note that we are happy to send our masks to anybody who needs one, however. You do not need to be affiliated with the college. 

Why should I help? Why now?

Your help can provide crucial protection to the high-risk populations that volunteers and healthcare workers serve by reducing the risk of community-based transmission, allowing these caregivers to perform their services to those who need it most while minimizing inadvertent transmission from asymptomatic carriers. It is critical that we help these people because these types of communities and programs, especially in rural areas, are under the most stress from the pandemic. Supporting this initiative is a great way you can help from the comforts of your home! To date, we have already delivered over 2,000 masks to organizations in need, with more on their way. 

How long will this initiative be active?

There are currently thousands of vulnerable people who do not have cloth face coverings because they cannot afford or do not have access to them. It is our goal to help as many of these people located in Berkshire County as we can to reduce their risk of contracting COVID-19. Our initiative will continue to provide masks until our efforts are no longer needed or when we are no longer able to carry on with the project due to academic commitments. Multiple organizations in Berkshire County have indicated that they still have an urgent need for masks, so our efforts are still in great demand.

Why is your focus on smaller communities? Why not big cities?

We feel that there is an urgent need to help smaller communities because these organizations do not receive as much support as the massive public efforts already in place for major cities. The high-risk patients located in remote or rural areas equally deserve protection and care, and it is our intention to help these people. We are most certainly willing to help out larger, centrally-located organizations, but our primary concern focuses on the smaller towns and communities that currently do not have these resources.

I’d love to contribute further to the WMI! Who can I contact for more information? 

Please feel free to reach out to any of us if you’re interested in becoming a part of the WMI! There’s always more work to be done, and we’d love to learn more about you and find out what kinds of tasks you would be the most interested to help with. 

Who can I contact if I have any other questions?

Julia (jhp2@williams.edu) – President, Founder

Rachel (rec4@williams.edu) – Director of Social Outreach, Co-Founder

Chloe (chloegracehenderson@gmail.com) – Director of Finance, Co-Founder

Emily (ejh2@williams.edu) – Head of Business Development

Jacob (jf15@williams.edu) – Head of Marketing

Nick (ntl1@williams.edu) – Head of Website Development

Michelle (mpl3@williams.edu) – Head of Community Engagement