Founded on, inspired by, and existent because of the vision and efforts of MoCo Mask Makers, the Makana Project’s mission is to mobilize and empower individuals in the fight for public health through education, advocacy and the distribution of free handcrafted protective wear.
Makana is the Hawaiian word for gift, reward, or donation. It also signifies the act of giving or donating. It is common in Hawaiian culture to give a gift when visiting someone’s home. The act of gift giving exemplifies the “aloha spirit,” which is founded on mutual respect, taking care of one another and reciprocity. It is in this spirit that The Makana Project continues MoCo Mask Makers’ mobilization of caring individuals who donate their time and effort to make protective wear for those in the community who need it.
The making and distribution of cloth masks for no charge remains at the center of our work. We are committed to staying true to our origins as a grassroots, non-profit community organization. Going forward, we will focus on streamlining logistics, outreach increasing community support and expanding the resources available for makers, including teaching beginners to develop their skills.
We welcome all volunteers to join us and rise to the challenge together! Mask On!
Do you need masks or ear savers? We're here to help! Masks are made by volunteers so please be patient with us and we'll get you those masks as soon as we can.
Want to get involved but can't sew? There are many other ways. Take a look at our volunteer form and see how you can help out today.
Don't have time to spare? Please help us by donating supplies for mask making so that we can keep on helping our frontline workers stay safe.
Montgomery County, Maryland