Patient Care

UR Medicine Asks for Donations of Handmade Masks to Help Preserve Manufactured Mask Supply for Frontline Clinical Workers

Apr. 6, 2020
an up-close picture of a person's hands sewing a pastel purple cloth face mask.

Generous neighbors throughout the Rochester area are stepping up to help address the public health challenges of this moment, and UR Medicine is asking for your help in preparing its workforce for the anticipated surge of COVID-19 cases by donating homemade masks for  discharged patients, as well as staff who don’t have direct patient contact.

If you’re interested in lending a hand in the effort, or you’re already making masks but not sure where to donate them, they’ve set up a webpage outlining the process at—providing tips on how to get started and where to deliver your homemade masks.

The area’s largest hospital system has opened an offsite donation center at College Town Rochester, and developed a process for accepting and washing handmade masks.


  • WHAT: UR Medicine Collecting Unused Handmade Masks
  • WHEN: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday – Friday
  • WHERE: 40 Celebration Dr. Rochester, NY 14642

The distribution and use of handmade cloth masks in areas of less criticality, where staff do not have direct patient contact, will help the health system preserve the supply of medical-grade masks for areas where they are an absolute necessity in protecting hospital staff.

Learn more about how you can help at