05 May Criterion Employees Offer COVID-Related Support to Their Local Communities
Criterion’s corporate philosophy holds that true success requires us to give back to our communities. We’d like to thank our employees for the work they are doing across the country to support local COVID-related initiatives. Below are some examples.
DMV (District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia)
Neda, who had never sewn before, heard from a family member who is a doctor that their hospital had a severe shortage of masks. She taught herself to sew and has already donated more than 100 masks to local healthcare facilities and essential workers. She has also made masks for her family and friends and has offered to do so for Criterion teammates.
Mark’s wife Nancy is retired and took it upon herself to begin making masks for one of their local hospitals. She had never done anything like this before, so she did some research and then ordered the required materials. These were delivered a couple weeks ago and she has already shipped out her first batch and is now working on her second batch. Nancy spends about 5-6 hours a day making them.
Joe is an enthusiastic “maker,” meaning he has a lot of home equipment for DIY engineering and science projects. He has made more than 150 plastic extenders for masks on his home 3D printers for his local fire department and is currently moving into higher volume production by using his CNC (Computer Numerical Control) machine. These extenders take the elastic for surgical and simple protective masks off the ears of the first responders.
Joyce has been sewing cloth masks and donating them to doctor’s offices so they can give them to patients who don’t have masks. This way, the patients can take them home, launder, and reuse. So far, she has made approximately 200 masks.