How You Can Help
Welcome to the one-stop shop for people who want to support the response to COVID-19 in Williamson County. View a list of the opportunities to pitch in.
The Wilco Way is about helping others, and we are so proud of the amazing people who have stepped up to meet this challenge, said Williamson County Judge Bill Gravel.
Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD)
The Community Organizations Active in Disaster (COAD) is still in need of non-medical items to be delivered to vulnerable populations and elderly residents. If you have any of these items and would like to donate them, please email COAD, and we will let you know where to drop off the items.
They are primarily in need of new goods in original packaging that are in short supply such as:
- Home-manufactured cloth face coverings
- Hand sanitizer
- Antibacterial soap
- Disinfectant wipes
- Latex free gloves
- NEW thermometers
- Eye protection goggles or glasses
- Face shields
- Protective Gowns
- Adult and child diapers
- Cleaning supplies
- Dish soap
- Laundry detergent
- Bath soap
The COAD is also accepting a limited list of non-perishable food items (All items must be in a sealed package/ unopened, in date, and no glass) including:
- Cereal boxed
- Dry rice
- Dry beans
- Mac-n-cheese boxes
- Mash potato boxes
- Canned tuna
- Canned veggies
- Canned chicken
- Canned pasta
- Spaghetti dry
- Canned pasta sauce
- Canned chili
- Chicken broth (box or can)
- Plastic jars of peanut butter
- Baking mixes
- Ketchup/Mayo/Mustard (plastic)
- Baby food (pouched)
- Baby formula (dry)
- Juice boxes
Other items not listed above will not be accepted at this time. These items will be distributed to social service and non-profit organizations that will deliver them to Williamson County residents in need.
For questions or information about the COAD, please email COAD.
Williamson County seeks volunteers who are experienced Embroiderers, Seamsters, and Sewers to serve in our Mask Brigade.
Do you have an embroidering machine? Do you have a sewing machine that you are ready to use during social distancing? How about scissors? We are looking for you! We have supplies, we have instructions, and we need your help.
- What is the Mask Brigade?
In partnership with the Covid Rangers, Sunday City Volunteers, Celebration Church, and with generous support from Reid's Cleaners in Round Rock, Williamson County is organizing volunteers to make 100% cotton, non-medical-grade, masks to support first responders medical professionals, and vulnerable residents in Williamson County. The goal is to provide the masks to specially identified groups who are at risk during this time through official distribution channels.
- I need a mask. How do I get one?
Please note that the mask brigade is not making masks for public distribution. Masks are being distributed through official channels to first responders, medical professionals, nursing homes, and other essential personnel.
All groups needing masks should submit a request by completing the Mask Request Form.
If you are a first responder (i.e. Fire, Police, EMS): Please contact your chain of command to submit one request for your organization. Orders to municipalities will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Is the Mask Brigade making masks for public distribution?
No. Mask Brigade members are making masks in mass quantities for specially identified groups (first responders, medical personnel, nursing home residents, and other at-risk groups). These masks will be distributed to those groups through official channels. But…you can use these patterns to make masks for your personal use or to distribute to family and friends!
Important Note Regarding Masks
Mask Brigade masks are homemade masks constructed solely by local volunteers utilizing their equipment and donated fabric and materials. This mask is not an N95 Respirator mask, a surgical mask, or any form of approved medical-grade personal protective equipment (PPE). There is no guarantee or warranty that this mask will in any way prevent the spread of COVID-19 or protect the wearer in any way from contracting COVID-19. It has been created solely in response to the CDC's latest and most current recommendation for cloth face coverings and is intended to be used only as a "better than nothing" alternative when no approved medical PPE is available.
Please note: Williamson County disclaims any representations or warranties of any kind regarding the suitability or fitness for a particular purpose, and there are no express or implied warranties or representations regarding the mask or the present or future performance or effectiveness of any part of the mask, or regarding the past or present compliance with any laws and regulations relating to the use of a such mask.
- I want to make masks. How does this work?
If you join the brigade, you may use your own material (100% cotton, quilters fabric) and your supplies to complete the project. Or, you may sign up to pick up a kit for use in preparing masks for the Mask Brigade. You can then go to town making masks with your equipment, the Covid Ranger or Covid Safety pattern, and either your supplies or the kit we provide. Once you are finished making masks, you should drop them off at the Celebration Church Annex (see below). We will quality check each mask, Reid's Cleaners will sanitize the masks, and they will be packaged for distribution and use!
- What kind of masks is the Mask Brigade making?
We are asking volunteers to create two specific types of masks based on the patterns below that are designed to provide enhanced protection to high-risk populations:
COVID Ranger Mask
Their N95 mask is in order to extend the life of the medical-grade mask. Over their N95 mask in order to extend the life of the medical-grade mask.
Sewing machine Pattern: We are using the Covid Rangers - Guides patterns for the creation of the masks, or you can download the document, COVID Ranger Mask Cover Instructions (PDF) with step-by-step directions.
COVID Safety Mask
Designed for general use by nursing home residents and other at-risk groups provide enhanced safety as people go about their day, while still observing social distancing
Sewing Machine Pattern: You can download the PDF document, COVID Safety Mask Sewing Instructions (PDF) with step-by-step directions.
Embroiderers: We are using the Applique Alley patterns for the creation of the masks. Please note: to use the design from Applique Alley, you need to create an account and add the patterns to your "shopping cart", but these are free-of-charge patterns, and you are not charged at "checkout". You can easily download the patterns to your embroidering machine. There is also a How-To video for pleating.
- I have my own sewing machine and supplies and want to help. What do I do next?
If you are willing to sew and have your own machine and materials. Please make your preferred masks using one of the patterns above, and drop off masks at Celebration Church Annex (see below). Please mark on the outside of the bag the number and type of masks in the bag.
- I have my own sewing machine, but no supplies. Can I participate?
Absolutely! We would be happy for you to make the Covid Safety Mask, and we have limited quantities of raw materials available. You can pick up a Kit of raw materials that will make 25 masks at the Celebration Church Annex.
- I have an embroidering machine. How can I help?
If you have an embroidery machine and would like to volunteer to make masks, you can do so by emailing COVID Embroidery Masks.
- Can I loan my extra sewing machine to the COVID Rangers?
If you have an extra sewing machine that you would like to loan, please label it with the owner's name, address, phone, and email and drop it off at the Celebration Church Annex.
- Do you accept supply donations? I don’t sew or embroider, but I still want to help.
Yes! We welcome supply donations. Please be sure that the contents of the donation are clearly labeled on the outside of the bag. Items that we will continue to be in need of are:
- Fabric (must be 100% cotton, quilter quality fabric, or 100% cotton flannel)
- All purpose thread of all colors
- ¼ inch elastic
- Bias tape all colors
- Straight Pins
- Where do I donate supplies or drop off completed masks?
Manufactured masks and supplies can be dropped off Monday through Thursday between 10 am and 2 pm at:
Celebration Church - Annex Building
Georgetown, Tx 78626
(Follow signage for building and entrance)
- I don’t drive. How can I get completed masks to you?
When completed, the masks must be dropped off at Celebration Church Annex. Unfortunately, we are unable to coordinate deliveries of supplies or pick-up of completed masks at this time.
Celebration Church – Annex Building
Georgetown, Tx 78626
(Follow signage for building and entrance)
- Who are our partners in this effort?
- Who do I contact for more information?
If you have questions that are not answered above, please contact Williamson County via email at COVID-19 Masks.