Who we are
We are a grassroots effort — galvanized into action by the COVID-19 Crisis — of local makers working with community partners including University of the Pacific, the HATCH Workshop, the Stockton San Joaquin County Public Library system, the San Joaquin County Office of Education, and support from the offices of Congressman Josh Harder and Assemblymember Susan Eggman. We are working closely with the Central Valley PPE Drive — a collaboration of labor groups and bipartisan legislators — to make sure our PPE goes where it is most needed. Together as a coalition we will make PPE to save lives.
Why we serve
There is a huge need for PPE in our region and across the country. We identified a need for 10,000 faceshields through collaboration with Congressman Josh Harder’s Office and Emergency Services in San Joaquin, Stanislaus and Merced.Unless we make PPE locally and get it where it is needed fast, our frontline healthcare workers, first responders and other essential employees will be vulnerable as the COVID-19 cases surge in the coming weeks.
At this time, we are gunning to produce 10,000 face shields for our frontline workers before the ‘peak’ of COVID19 cases in San Joaquin, Stanislaus, and Merced Counties. We are printing PPE to meet the needs of health care workers, first responders, and essential workers. By working together as a Coalition, with the CV PPE drive and other partners, we can make PPE to the needs of our communities. Right now we need face shields! If needs change, we as a coalition will change how and what we make.
The idea of the PRINTtoPROTECT Coalition began after Dr. Nabeel Cajee received a call to action email from Senator Galgiani’s office to support the Central Valley PPE Drive. As a dentist who had just closed his office due to the PPE shortage, Dr. Cajee immediately used his 3D Printing expertise to make for PPE frontline workers. He realized it would take a community effort to produce the amount needed to make a significant impact on the front lines. He began reaching out for support in the community to build a coalition of makers. Since the Coalition’s first (virtual) meeting on April 9th, it has grown into an emergency network of community partners — makers and volunteers — to source, design, vet, produce, and distribute PPE for our frontline workers in San Joaquin County, Stanislaus, and Merced counties.