The mission of the Boston Area Mask Initiative is to help stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep vulnerable populations in the Boston area safe by providing handmade fabric masks to those in need.
In response to the lack of access to PPE faced by frontline workers and at-risk groups at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, BAMI founder, Stephanie Cave, consulted with Harvard Medical School about the efficacy of cloth masks in March of 2020. After receiving validation that fabric face masks would be an important part of our city's response to slow the spread of COVID-19, the Boston Area Mask Initiative (BAMI) community was formed.
Since then, BAMI has provided nearly 45,000 masks free of charge to hundreds of organizations from hospitals to nursing homes, food pantries, homeless shelters, and a range of other groups serving Boston’s most vulnerable populations.
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