The Vermont Community Foundation distributed the first round of grants, totaling $380,000, from its Vermont COVID-19 Response Fund during the week of March 23rd.Read more about "The Vermont Community Foundation Announces First Grant Recipients from VT COVID-19 Response Fund"
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When the Generator Makerspace in Burlington was forced to close its doors to members as a result of COVID-19, members of their community were motivated to use the manufacturing space for good. In response to requests from the UVM Medical Center and other area hospitals, Generator has begun fabricating personal protective equipment, specifically face shields that extend the life of N95 masks and intubation boxes, which are placed over patients' heads while medical workers intubate them, limiting spread of the virus.
Generator has already delivered over 500 face shields to UVMMC and has a goal to manufacture 5,000 total. The Vermont Community Foundation is proud to have provided a grant to help Generator get a headstart on its initiative.
"The story of Generator's pivot to producing essential personal protective equipment face shields for healthcare workers fighting COVID-19 wouldn't have been possible without the early gift from the VT COVID-19 Response Fund, which led to a crucial two-day head start on purchasing materials and setting up production and fulfillment lines." Dan Harvey, Generator Board of Directors and Meg Hammond, Generator Executive Director