By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Apr 28, 2020 at 3:02 PM

The mission of MaskUpMKE is to create 3.5 million homemade masks for healthcare providers and other essential service providers in Milwaukee. The organization needs your help to reach this goal.

MaskUpMKE is a partnership between United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, the Milwaukee Bucks, Medical College of Wisconsin, Greater Milwaukee Foundation, Zilber Family Foundation, Ignite Change, Fiserv Forum, Rebel Converting and Habitat For Humanity.

Volunteers pick up their mask kits from Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, take the kit home to assemble 700 masks and return the assembled masks to Fiserv Forum in four days.

A scissors, hole punch or stapler is required. No experience is needed to make the very-easy-to-construct masks. However, to make sure you are a good fit for volunteer mask making, you must confirm that all statements below are true for you and anyone in your household / facility where masks will be made:

  • I have not tested positive for COVID-19 at any time.
  • I have not experienced any symptoms of COVID-19 (fever, cough, shortness of breath) in the past 4 weeks.
  • I have not come into contact with anyone testing positive for COVID-19 in the past 2 weeks.
  • I have not, to my knowledge, been exposed to or come into contact with someone with or presumed to have COVID-19.
  • I am not a smoker or have a history of lung disease (or any other disease that makes you more likely to get a respiratory infection).
  • I am not a health care worker who has been in contact with patients in the past 2 weeks.
  • I am not an essential worker who comes into daily contact with the public in an environment where social distancing is not possible (grocery worker, bus driver, etc).
  • I have followed CDC guidelines to avoid infection (stay home as much as possible, keep 6 feet away from others, and wash hands frequently).

Click here to find out more information about mask making.

Molly Snyder grew up on Milwaukee's East Side and today, she lives in the Walker's Point neighborhood with her partner and two sons.

As a full time senior writer, editorial manager and self-described experience junkie, Molly has written thousands of articles about Milwaukee (and a few about New Orleans, Detroit, Indianapolis, Boston and various vacation spots in Wisconsin) that range in subject from where to get the best cup of coffee to an in-depth profile on the survivors of the iconic Norman apartment building that burned down in the '90s.

She also once got a colonic just to report on it, but that's enough on that. 

Always told she had a "radio voice," Molly found herself as a regular contributor on FM102, 97WMYX and 1130WISN with her childhood radio favorite, Gene Mueller.

Molly's poetry, essays and articles appeared in many publications including USA Today, The Writer, The Sun Magazine and more. She has a collection of poetry, "Topless," and is slowly writing a memoir.

In 2009, Molly won a Milwaukee Press Club Award. She served as the Narrator / writer-in-residence at the Pfister Hotel from 2013-2014. She is also a story slam-winning storyteller who has performed with The Moth, Ex Fabula and Risk!

When she's not writing, interviewing or mom-ing, Molly teaches tarot card classes, gardens, sits in bars drinking Miller products and dreams of being in a punk band again.