Masks for Heroes



The rising number of COVID-19 cases in Connecticut is concerning. Who would have ever imagined that a simple three-ply paper mask would become one of the most talked-about pieces of equipment in the world?  But to nurses, police officers, fire, and other first responders, these masks represent the hope that they can help people in need while staying safe themselves.  For children home from school for days on end, they represent safety – alleviating their fears of contracting this horrible disease.  And for our seniors, the masks represent mobility – the ability to do simple things like safely shopping for groceries.


Masks for Heroes is incredibly grateful to the donors and volunteers who have funded and distributed over one million masks to 160 towns and cities throughout CT.  Your generosity is helping the caregivers going into nursing homes without a mask, guards at correctional facilities using home-made masks, hospital nurses putting their masks in a paper bag, only to reuse them the next day, elderly people short on food, because they are scared to go to the grocery store without a mask on and so many more.


Give Masks for Heroes. Save Lives.


Make your tax-deductible gift online or make your tax-deductible check payable to Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven and mail to 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge CT 06525 attention: Masks for Heroes. 100% of the proceeds go toward protecting the people of CT.

While the focus on first responders will continue, we are expanding the program and launching Masks4School to make free masks available to school-aged children in preparation of their return to school this fall. Visit Masks4School.

How your gift helps?


$3.75 supply 5 masks

$18 supply 24 masks

$100 supply 133 masks

$1,000 supply 1,333 masks

$5,000 supply 6,665 masks

  • "Thank you to all of Connecticut HEROES. Each small white box is 50 surgical masks. Each full brown box is 2,000. Close to 100 people have come together to distribute masks to almost every hospital and town/city in the state. I’ve had the opportunity to distribute almost 50,000 masks over the last two days. Who isn’t included in these pictures are the handful of anonymous donors who bought and donated nearly 500,000 surgical masks since Monday." George Colli, Masks for Heroes volunteer

  • "This virus is 1 billionth our size and is easily transmitted. Every time I do a drop or get gas I have an insane routine of wiping everything I touched down with disinfectant wipes. [...] This fight and defense against this virus must go on. Our health care workers are really trying to remain tough. But the reality is beyond scary with the shortage of supplies and the radical deviations from time and tested-safety precautions" Micha Welintukonis

  • State Senator George Logan and community volunteer Kathy Hoyt delivered 250 masks to the staff at Whitney Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Hamden



  • "Leaving work and having a good samaritan donor waiting at the door with 500 surgical masks restores my faith in humanity. Thank you Masks for Heroes!! They say the worst of times can bring out the best in people. We are so grateful for good people in this world." Beth Markowski, Nurse Practitioner at ProHealth Partners.

  • Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven CEO Judy Alperin delivered protective surgical masks to Frank Capiello, Captain of the Woodbridge police departmet, on Passover even.

  • Big THANKS to the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven for dropping off these masks today! This donation will help keep our employees and the individuals we support healthy and safe! #masksforheroes

  • Volunteer Micah Welintukonis delivered 300 masks to Evergreen Healthcare Center in Stafford, CT.

  • Thanks you Masks for Heroes for all you have done to get all these masks to the heroes across our state who need them so desperately! Much appreciated. Amy Wilson Stef at Hartford Hospital - Children's radiology