Collecting Masks & Surgical Caps


Thank you to our amazingly generous community for donating masks, covers and surgical caps through the last several weeks to help our community and healthcare organizations stay safe during COVID-19!

As of August 31, 2,551 masks/covers and 116 surgical caps have been donated to the United Way of Central Missouri. These donations have come from the Health Department, Algoa prison inmates working on community projects, Catholic Charities, Missouri University Cole County Extension and community members--including those volunteering through Help The Helpers.

These donations have been distributed to the following community organizations: Boys & Girls Club, Capital Region Medical Center, Capitol Projects, Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association, Community Health Center, Dreams to Reality, Girl Scouts, Homemaker Health Care, JCMG, Jefferson City Area YMCA Child Development Center, Little Explorers Discovery Center, Osage County Community Living, Senior Nutrition Council, Special Learning Center, SSM Health St. Mary's Hospital, The Salvation Army, Towers/Housing Authority and Tri-County YMCA. Way to go, Central Missouri! Keep up the great work!

Article update as of April 17, 2020: United Way of Central Missouri is also collecting surgical caps on behalf of local healthcare organizations.

(Jefferson City, MO) United Way of Central Missouri is now a collection and drop-off site for homemade masks, hair covers, beard covers and surgical caps for the local healthcare organizations and emergency responders on the front lines.

“United Way of Central Missouri is grateful to have the opportunity to partner with the area healthcare organizations so we can support their selfless, incredible work during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Ann Bax, United Way of Central Missouri President/CPO. “By serving as a central donation point for homemade masks, hair covers, beard covers and surgical caps we hope to make it easier for both the generous donors making the masks as well as the healthcare organizations. United Way will be working with the these institutions to distribute the items as requested and necessary per healthcare organization.”

The CDC does not recommend homemade masks, hair covers and beard covers serve as a replacement for the N95 masks for health professionals. However, homemade masks can be used for covering the N95 respirators to make them last longer, saving the masks to serve as backup if the N95 respirator supply is depleted, and as hand-outs for patients in waiting rooms.

Per requests from local healthcare organizations, United Way of Central Missouri is also now collecting surgical cap donations.

To achieve social distancing efforts, the homemade masks, hair covers, beard covers and surgical caps can be dropped off in a bin on the front porch of the United Way office at 205 Alameda Drive in Jefferson City between 7:30 am – 3 pm, Monday through Friday. All masks, covers and caps should be covered and sealed tightly for sanitary purposes.

Help the Helpers is a local group of volunteers coordinating the efforts for making these homemade items, as well as other items requested by organizations working to combat the COVID-19 pandemic. Those interested in making homemade masks can learn more at or

Other protective medical supplies can be delivered directly to the healthcare organizations; including Capital Region Medical Center, JCMG and SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital. Supplies should be unopened and in their original packaging. United Way of Central Missouri is also distributing items to its partner agency Community Health Center. Priority needs at this time include:

•    Alcohol pad wipes
•    Exam gloves
•    Goggles, face shields and safety glasses
•    Hand sanitizer (individual and pump bottles)
•    Isopropyl alcohol
•    N95 Medical Masks or NIOSH-certified N95 Respirators (such as painter's masks)
•    Protective isolation gowns
•    Sanitizing/bleach wipes
•    Thermometers (display digital or forehead models)

Drop-off information for medical supplies:

Capital Region Medical Center
Supply Chain Dock
1125 Madison Street, Jefferson City
7 am to 4:30 pm, 7 days a week
Note: Individuals needing directions may call 573-632-5171.   

Outpatient Surgery Center Entrance
1241 West Stadium Boulevard, Jefferson City
8 am to 5 pm, Monday through Thursday   

SSM Health St. Mary’s Hospital – Jefferson City
Outpatient Entrance
2505 Mission Drive, Jefferson City
5 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday
Note: Individuals may contact at 573-681-3743 to pre-arrange delivery; also note that large quantities will be shipped or delivered directly to the receiving loading dock.

United Way of Central Missouri
Front Porch
205 Alameda Drive, Jefferson City
7:30 am - 3 pm, Monday through Friday
Note: United Way is collecting masks, covers and surgical caps. Other supplies should be donated directly to the healthcare organizations listed above. Additionally, donated items for Community Health Center should be delivered to the United Way of Central Missouri.

“United Way of Central Missouri is grateful for such a caring and compassionate community,” said Bax. “By working together, we are helping our neighbors stay safe and healthy.”


About United Way of Central Missouri
With more than 1,100 volunteers, United Way of Central Missouri and its 28 partner agencies touch more than 90,000 lives in our community, helping people live their best possible lives by fighting for the health, education, financial stability and basic needs of every person in our community. We provide services in nine counties in central Missouri; including Camden, Cole, Maries, Miller, Moniteau, Morgan, Phelps, Osage, and southern Callaway; to create community solutions that improve life for our families, friends, and neighbors. Since our inception in 1925, United Way of Central Missouri has partnered with local businesses and organizations to remain a vibrant resource in our community. For more information about United Way of Central Missouri, please visit Stay tuned by following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@unitedwaycemo)

Media Contacts
Ann Bax, President/CPO,
Amber Brondel, Marketing & Events Director,