The EPCC Philosophy Club is seeking to help our community’s most vulnerable by creating face masks for the homeless and elderly.
The club has now produced over 600 masks with the help of Dr. Ejaz Gosani, who has been guiding the group through making effective reusable masks.
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EPCC Philosophy Club Left Michelle Maldonado,
Top Rosa Nahnsen, Right Daniel Avitia.
The idea started during a weekly club meeting over Zoom when a member proposed using the pandemic as an opportunity to help the forgotten in the community.
From there, a grassroots effort began, and the club raised $1,170 through GoFundMe.
With crowdfunding and using their own funds, members were able to purchase five sewing machines, and members living in Juarez, were able to buy materials for cheaper in order to maximize their funds.
Members have now been staying up late to produce the masks and test their effectiveness out with the help of Dr. Gosani.
Dr. Gosani said, "I'm a medical doctor certified in the United Kingdom and Trinidad and Tobago. I'm Kashmiri and this will make my father and family very proud.”
Masks will be donated to the Opportunity Center for the Homeless and to senior centers that the club is establishing connections with.
This is done to display philosophical practicality and how the values being discussed in club meetings are translating to helping people out.
“We decided to practice what we preach and use practical philosophy to help others. This is a cultivating experience as a student, but it is especially fruitful for the many members of the club who are not EPCC students but whose spirits are motivating the need for social solidarity,” said Daniel Avitia, club member, “I am still learning and growing with my community despite the pandemic. It brings me a sense of hope to know that many members of the community, such as the EPCC Philosophy Club are helping in these ambiguous times.”
The goal is to help those that people aren’t necessarily thinking of, rather than pushing resources towards workers already being helped like those in health services.
"While most efforts are directed towards helping those considered as essential and most valuable in our society, we decided to look out for the ones that might be forgotten, like the elderly and homeless in our community,” Manuela Gomez, EPCC Philosophy Professor and club advisor stated, “Philosophy teaches us to think differently. So we decided to help the most vulnerable. I'm incredibly proud of my students for this effort."
This is at the same time that in New York, mass graves are being built from unclaimed bodies during the pandemic, many being the homeless and the elderly who don’t have family.