With many Milpitas residents on the waitlist for free Covid-19 Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Councilmember Karina Dominguez decided to start a project to provide the additional equipment, with the help of many volunteers.
The mission, named Project Inspire, was started when Dominguez volunteered to help the City of Milpitas staff at the community-sponsored Covid-19 testing site, where she realized the massive need for PPE, particularly for Milpitas’ working class: “These were people who needed to return to work because they had no other means of income,” states Dominguez.
After finding out that there were at least 1,500 people on the waitlist for Covid-19 PPE, Dominguez went to work partnering with volunteers, non-profits, and private entities to provide more at-home essentials for Milpitas residents.
This mission has been funded partly by Dominguez donating her stipend from serving as a Milpitas City Council Councilmember. Meanwhile, many community members have also stepped in to donate. Dominguez states that “It’s really a dream come true to be able to provide the PPE that our community really needs and our community is stepping up in a way that I have not yet seen in order to make sure that we care for our most vulnerable families and make sure we don’t leave anyone behind.”
When it comes to how they distribute the PPE, there is a link available to every Milpitas citizen that allows for individuals to sign up for PCR testing, an at-home test, and other essential items. From there, a volunteer will deliver the pack directly to their home, distributing all of the needed items. Currently, the group of over 75 volunteers has delivered 5,113 safety kits throughout the City of Milpitas. Through the mentioned link, Dominguez and other supporters of Project Inspire have been able to gather data in order to better understand Milpitas community needs.
Project Inspire also plans to host a Milpitas Lean In Circle on March 13th. This workshop will educate women on supporting themselves and their families through possible economic challenges. The workshop will especially focus on supporting women through personal entrepreneurial ventures, and will address challenges that women may have on the way to reaching their business goals.
If you would like to sign up to have free PPE or other essential items delivered directly to your home, go here.