Swarthmore alums create platform to connect mask donors to health care workers

By KYW Newsradio 1060
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Two Swarthmore College alums have created an online platform to connect people who want to donate masks to health care workers who need them.

Colin Schimmelfing and Emma Ferguson graduated from Swarthmore 10 years ago, but this year, they teamed up to create a company pairing donors with N-95 and other protective masks to those on the front lines in need. 

The company is called Mask Match, and it's already delivered 695,000 masks into the hands of health care workers.

Ferguson said the effort started after another co-founder, Liz Klinger, expressed concern about her mother, who was a nurse and was not getting needed PPE to do her job. It's a direct peer-to-peer service and completely nonprofit.

"We used a combination of automation and good old-fashioned volunteer power," she said.

Schimmelfing explains you can go to the website, and sign on as a recipient or a donor.

"We do verify those recipients," he explained. "We make sure those recipients are verified health care professionals, and we only give the information to the one donor who is delivering that mask."