To help keep family and friends protected while working on the front line or when leaving their homes for essential shopping, Alumni Association President Carolyn Merkel '78 reconnected with her old Singer sewing machine to make protective masks. She made about two dozen. “My friend who works at a dialysis clinic said there were no protective equipment when the crisis began,” said Carolyn. “She was my inspiration to do this.”
Nursing Career Choice Reinforced
Nursing student Kayla Gill ’22 began volunteering for the Common Health Project in May in an effort to give back to the courageous healthcare workers in need of essential protection. This organization has created more than 10,000 shields since it started in April. Kayla helps construct 10-20 shields per week and delivers the completed shields to various healthcare facilities. Said Kayla, “As a nursing major, this pandemic has made me want to pursue my career choice even more, so I wanted to help in any way possible. Volunteering for the Common Health Project has been rewarding and has allowed me to connect with my community, knowing that the face shields are going to places where they are truly needed. I am looking forward to continuing the construction of face shields for as long as they are needed to show my gratitude to doctors, nurses, technicians, and other workers.”
Ramapo Associate Professor of Theater and Costume Design Beba Shamash used fabric from the costume studio on campus to sew masks for the essential workers who continue to do their jobs at the College on a daily basis. Her efforts were contagious. When staff members heard what she was doing, they also did some sewing, creating dozens of masks for the College’s on-campus personnel.