A Message from our Recent Presenter, Sara Shorin

Thank you for including me in your first Zoom meeting since the onset of the local impact of COVID 19.  It was very interesting to hear how others are handling the demands of our new world from business to education. Would love to continue the conversation to learn what local businesses need and are doing to move forward.


Although I hadn’t anticipated presenting an “Ask” to the group, I am happy to enlist the help of the Reno sponsorship and volunteer communities beyond Infinity Hospicecare.  As we discussed, here is the website for the Silicone KN95 Mask Drive for Community Clinics, Hospices, and Nursing Homes. Most of the proposal is outlined on the Home/Sponsor page, but more specific details are outlined in the proposal.

Silicone KN95 Mask Drive Proposal


Regarding our Zoom call today, wanted to quickly share the functional hub-like model (probably not a new model, but new application in a crisis with challenges unique to the pandemic)  that I have identified and used as I try to maximize my energies toward teaming with partners I have not formally met to produce results to secure PPE for frontline workers.  My recognition of a hub approach addresses the need to determine the status of essential project elements in order to move forward quickly with potential partners to provide viable PPE options to frontline end users in high risk environments through either suppliers or makers.  Basically, each project requires a central community organizer that has the skills to manage the project through coordinating donors/sponsors, makers/suppliers, and outreach to link solutions, volunteers, and sponsors with end users.  I very quickly came to recognize that these community PPE projects require  A HUB-LIKE COMMUNITY MODEL of essential elements to achieve the goal of delivering PPE to end users:

Hub Design


RESULTS TO DATE: (as primary organizer or team player, helping projects follow the hub format to secure PPE as quickly as possible with necessary adjustments for each type of PPE (ie: Emergency Use Authorization for variable vent splitter):




    1. Contacted hospital foundations to source U of M approved face shield => recognized that some local efforts were underway => ASSESSED where I could help with hospital foundations => IDENTIFIED NEEDS: shared design ideas with 3D communities, created forms + websites; confirmed hospital approvals of PPE, communication to facilities/end users
    2. Found 3D community in Reno on Slack – communicated on shield design
    3. Contacted players from news article on the Carson Library shield project
    4. Connected with hospice/nursing homes and paired them with face shield efforts through adding a form to existing 3D-community effort => 500-1000 face shields to area nursing homes produced by UNR 3D maker community and delivered by Infinity Hospice
    5. Contacted by another group for N95 – created website, request form, research on 3D N96 designs and CDC reuse protocols
    6. Initiated proposal for Silicone KN95 Mask Drive for area community clinics, nursing homes, hospice – website to present to facilities, sponsors, end users => 1,000-2000 community clinics, nursing home/hospice workers.


    1. Donated 1000 shields to St. Joe’s
    2. Coordinated with small non profit for more PPE to U of Michigan/St Joe’s
    3. Shared hospital (St. Joe’s) feedback on air gap on original face shield design with U of M procurement (same design as sister’s hospital with same vender)
    4. Brainstormed with 3D vender/inventor of variable vent splitter VentMI to:
      • Identify and create resource documents to push for speeding up rollout during testing of variable vent splitter from U of M/3D vender- plan for Emergency Use Authorization, production, marketing/outreach – time is of the essence.


Thanks again for including me in your business community discussion.  I’d love to chat more with those wishing to get in the trenches.  As I mentioned, it’s been an unexpected, fascinating and rewarding internship.





Sara Shorin