Where We're Donating

Why donate?

The virus infects all people equally. However, not all people have equal access to healthcare, sanitation, time off work, childcare, whole foods, and the list goes on. So we are donating masks to people that in vulnerable situations through organizations that are empowering their communities. Since launching joshu.org in March 2020 we have generated thousands of mask donations through direct sales. We have since donated to places including Navajo Nation, the National Day Laborer Organizing Network, the California Domestic Workers Coalition and a number of healthcare facilities including Kasier Permanente in CA and Montefiore Medical Center in NY.

Sustainability should not be inaccessible. One reusable mask replaces hundreds of disposable masks. It is important for us to work with groups that are serving and empowering their communities. We want to donate to organizations that we truly believe in so that we can share the important work that they are doing and generate more support. 


The bulk of our donations are committed to Navajo Nation, California Domestic Workers Coalition, and Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement. All donations are the same high quality, made in USA Curve mask that we sell on our website.

Navajo Nation

We have so far donated 1,850 reusable masks to Navajo Nation through Orenda Tribe as the organizers, which has gone to an entire school district and one tribal police station. Navajo Nation is number one in the USA of COVID-19 positive cases per capita. At least 30% of households have no running water and many First Nation people have pre-existing health conditions making them more at-risk during this pandemic.

California Domestic Workers Coalition

We have donated 700 reusable masks to CDWC. CDWC is the state’s leading voice for more than 300,000 domestic workers in California. The alliance advances a movement for the rights of immigrant women workers by building legislative advocacy, grassroots organizing, and leadership development. During this pandemic, domestic workers such as nannies and in-home attendants to seniors and people living with disabilities have been unable to limit their work due to the essential need of the work. This workforce which is comprised primarily of immigrant women of color who are the primary breadwinners for their family, may have little to no safety net and have needed to continue working during shelter-in-place. Learn more on the CDWC website

Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement

We have donated 900 reusable masks to API Forward Movement in Los Angeles, California. APIFW works to cultivate healthy and vibrant Asian and Pacific Island communities through grassroots organizing. They envision a world where all communities of color have full power to access good health and a healthy environment. They have organized an emergency CSA program in response to the COVID-19 crisis called #FeedtheFam. They are supporting the local Asian American farmers they partner with by providing fresh produce and eggs to seniors, low-income families, non-profit staff, and immune compromised individuals across LA City and County. They work with a variety of nonprofit parters in Little Tokyo, Koreatown, Historic Filipinotown, Chinatown, and the San Gabriel Valley to make this happen. Learn more and support on the APIFW website.

 

The full list of groups and organizations we have so far donated to:
Domestic Workers Coalition of California
National Day Laborer Organizing Network
Asian Pacific Islander Forward Movement
Navajo Nation via Orenda Tribe
Peoples' Association of Workers and Immigrants, East Bay, CA
Montefiore Medical Center, NY
MJHS Health System, NY
Women's Health at Kaiser Permanente, Richmond, CA